Haiku by Brian McSherry in Iwate, Japan (4)


On July 24, 2010, Brian Birdsell(McSherry) sent me an e-mail, contributing  a collection of haiku about summer.  


Thanks for the email. I agree some thoughts of the cool spring weather is rather refreshing right now. I think Akita is getting the same weather as morioka – hot and humid! I plan to go back to the states for a vacation with my daughter next week. But hope to finish a collection of summer haiku before I go and will send them to you. Enjoy the hot summer days and thanks again!



According to his self-introduction,

Brian McSherry has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Prague, Italy and currently lives in northern Japan. He has lived there for over 6 years and enjoys spending time with his daughter, hiking in the mountains of Tohoku, writing, and traveling. He has a background in linguistics and teaches English at a private high school in Iwate. 

Now it is early in autumn, and it has getting cooler in the morning or in the evening.

I present nice summer haiku by Brian again, remembering those hot and humid summer days.


on the edge of town

fields of clover

remain on my pants





near the flower bed

the smell of urine –

cats multiplying




in the June heat –

her mouth turns purple

eating shaved ice






a bead of rain falls

from the pine needle tip –

nobody watching




hostesses stumble


as the morning glories

start to open.




a young bamboo

grown astray –

splits the path




in the wind

dandelion seeds floating –

white clouds above





a single green leaf floats

cleansing my hands


1 手水舎 (temizuya) is a water basin in front of a shrine where people wash their hands and mouth



morning birds

singing carelessly –

cracks of sunlight




a plump woman leans

against a worn fence –

peonies too






summer stars –

a spider making a web

in the light





cracked watermelons

spitting seeds into the air –






horses adorned like gods

grow tired of man

2 チャグチャグ馬こ (chagu-chagu umako) is a famous festival in Morioka, Japan where the villagers decorate the work horses in beautiful and elaborate costumes. They walk in a procession down from the mountains and through the city, ending at Hachimangu Shrine. The “chagu chagu” is the sound of the bells worn by the horses. This festival is to pray for the health and long life of the horses.



knee high grass against the bare knees –

the urge to walk more




hot afternoon –

the chilled wine drunk

reading alone





the fan

she unfolds

and back and forth sways –

summer wind




my shadow stretches

over the still river –

water bugs leaping




rain falls

on the lofty red pines –

a faded door




in the tatami


a single grain of rice –

forgotten prayers





near the acacia

swarming with bees –

I wander




Last of all, I present photos of acacia flowers for the last haiku.



The next posting ‘Haiku by Chen-ou Liu in Canada (1)’ appears on September 25.

Hidenori Hiruta

One thought on “Haiku by Brian McSherry in Iwate, Japan (4)

  1. Many thanks Mr Haruta for providing beautiful haiku of Mr Brian. I became spellbound reading the haiku.
    Long live beauty of natute and word-painting.

    P K Padhy, PhD

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