Haiku Special from the 3rd Japan – Russia Haiku Contest (7)



The yearly pamphlet Akita – the Land of Poetry『詩の国秋田第6号』, whose 6th volume is posted as an e-pamphlet, features haiku special from the English haiku submitted to the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2014.

A great number of haiku fans willingly sent their haiku in English to the contest from 46 countries including Japan.

They compose haiku, the shortest form of poetry of three lines, catching the haiku moment through their observation or insight.

They write haiku, seeking for “pure present”, which might express “the eternal now.”

We sincerely hope that haiku will be shared with each other, which helps us realize the pleasure of writing haiku again. 

We also hope that haiku could deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem, helping make the world peaceful.


Haiku Special


Claude Lopez-Ginisty(Switzerland)


Tears were shed one day

In Japan and in Russia

But they became dew



Stania Helga (Switzerland)


isle of my early years

the ferry

docks──   casts off──



Chen Ching-Ling(Taiwan)


Fireworks in the sky,

Heat touch skin, but cold inside,

Weep to say goodbye.



Brouwer Bouwe(The Netherlands)


commuter train –

the winter sun travelling

through the trees



Anthony Court((U.K.)


Sesshus’s deft brush strokes

Flow from his mind, like the sea

Spirit and ink one



Davidson Tracy (UK)


distant mountain

every time I near you

you pull away



Dobson James(UK)


origami frog–

my fingers and thumbs

are cooling off



Parsons  John (UK)


where green sea turns blue

our separate lives

become one




dissecting my inevitable death coded mayflies



Blöttenberger Meik (German-American U.S.A.)


burgundy tulips—

a gypsy begs

to read my palm



brady brett(USA)



a fly’s wing flutters

off the web



Brager Mark E.(United States)



against the dawn . . .




Burch Susan (USA)


meteor trail


have you been



Byrnes Sondra(USA)


the sea at nightfall—

waiting to say



Gilbert Colin(United States of America)


yesterday’s weight


by morning sun



Grisetti Joann(United States of America)


pearl divers

along the road to Nagasaki

prayers offered



Hart William(USA)


ides of march

upstart trees surge and flail

the flagpole clangs



Horst Ludwig (U.S.A)


A homeless woman

a feather in harvest breeze

resting a moment



Kilby Howard Lee(USA )


tea ceremony 

two old warriors without swords 

sitting together 





tulip magnolia—

the shape of laughter is

the shape of tears



michele l. harvey(USA)


glimmer of stars…

the river of memory

that makes a life





gibbous moon

my father’s corpse again

its dead mouth



We are now holding the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.

Readers are invited to send haiku about “lake” to Hidenori Hiruta at the Akita

International Haiku Network by e-mail to (shhiruta@nifty.com).  


By Hidenori Hiruta







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