On January 25, 2010, I received the first mail from Mr. Holmes through Facebook:
Did we perhaps meet at the World Haiku International Conference, 2002, held in Yuma Town, near Akita? I attended as part of the World Haiku Club.
I enjoyed the area very much. It was September; but, the fall colors were not yet full. There were many red dragonflies, (akatonbo), as I recall.
Dennis M. Holmes (my haigou, “chibi”)
Our friendship renewed then.
He really loves Japan and Haiku.
This is a photo which shows that he enjoyed the cherry blossoms in Japan.
During his stay in Akita, he wrote the following haiku:
Golden Rice ―
Open the lunch Box
Ekiben o toite Akita no inaho nami by Chibi
Light up the AKITA
Onna no me kira to Akita no ryouya kana by Chibi
Red dragon fly stay
On the fox shrine
Aka tonbo koi koi kitsune no kami no ue by Chibi
The slope of hills
Fields of flowers
Dokomademo nogiku no michi o aruki keri by Chibi
I will roll on
Sanryou ni soitaru saka no kusa no hana by Chibi
The front door opens
A glimpse of
Seki no to yori chiisaki aki wa kinu by Chibi
This is a photo taken with Matsuo Basho （松尾芭蕉）.
As the homepage ‘HAIKU俳句’ by Yanagibori Etsuko（柳堀悦子） says , Mr. Holmes won first prize, Ninth Mainichi Haiku Grand Prix, English Haiku of International Section 2004.
He is a member of ‘Haiku 俳句’.
On July, 2004, Mr. Holmes contributed the following haiku to ‘HAIKU 俳句’.
Juu shichinen ichijitsu no semi nakinikeri
the swing chain clank
on the screened front porch ―
Fura kokoni oreba hachidori chuu ni uku
the rainy season ―
lettuce wilts at
the open-aer bistro
Samidare ya sarada o kafe terasu ni te
this summer day ―
I thought it was
Kyonen no kyou o omoeru natsubi kana
the rainy season
starts again ―
Tsuki usete tsuyu no yoake wa yami aru nomi
The members of ‘HAIKU俳句’ congratulated on his winning first prize in Tokyo.
Recently Mr. Holmes sent his self-introduction to me as follows:
Dear Hidenori san,
Thank you for your kind reply. As to my introduction, I am but a student of haiku, always. We live in Georgia, USA. Currently, we have temporary assignment on the Atlantic coast of Georgia, Saint Simons Island, USA. I write poems daily inspired by the ocean and the southeastern, USA. Renku is part of my current interests, and I am happy to say that Professor Shokan Tadashi Kondo, Seikei University, is a friend and my renku teacher. A Japanese friend and I compose juunichiou renku over the internet on the weekends. Some of the juunichiou have been aired on NHK Radio Japan’s program, World Interactive. I hope to be able to return to Japan to meet Dr. Gabi Greve, Okayama; Professor Kondo at Seikei University; Tokyo friends, and of course my Akita friends, again.
Mr. Holmes reads and writes Japanese, Hiragana（ひらがな：平仮名）and Kanji characters（漢字）.
He writes and posts haiku on his Facebook page every day.
His latest haiku is this:
The relics of Easter ―
Iisuta nokoseshi tobari ya rouzumarii
Among haiku poets in USA, not only Mr. Holmes but also Cor van den Heuvel, Roberta Beary, Michael Dylan Welch, Curtis Dunlap, Charlotte Digregorio, Charles Bane Jr, Diane Dehler, Morgan Harlow, Roberta Burnett, Stevie Strang, J. Andrew Lockhart, George O Hawkins, are Facebook haiku friends of mine.
I sincerely hope that you will be a Facebook friend, and that you will share and exchange poetic works with each other.
― Hidenori Hiruta