World Haiku Series 2019 (58)
Haiku by Helen Buckingham
an endless sky
(HIA Contest, Honourable Mention, 2003)
to a meat-hook
(Nat. League of American Pen Women Haiku Contest, Finalist, 2005)
Mother’s Day morning
blossom fresh from the garden
mirrored in her spoon
(Mainichi Haiku Contest, 2nd Place, 2006)
watching people watching
the blind man
(Suruga-Baika Literary Festival Award, Winner, 2007)
beating the rain…
to smell the pinks
(BHS / James W. Hackett Award, Runner-up, 2008)
by the school gates
(Ito En Haiku Grand Prix, Honourable Mention, 2008)
harvest moon sweeping up the last of the grain
(Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 3rd Place, 2008)
the crabbing child
empties her pot
(Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards, 2nd Place, 2009)
an owl hoots
… the night plays dead
(Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 3rd Place, 2012)
the truck driver clicks his tongue
at a passing dray
(Presence Award, 1st Place, 2016)
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Helen Buckingham lives in Wells, England.
Credits include: Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton, 2013) and The Wonder Code (Girasole Press, 2017).
Among her collections are: water on the moon and mirrormoon (Original Plus, 2010), Armadillo Basket (Waterloo Press, 2011) and sanguinella (Red Moon Press, 2017).
4 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (58) Haiku by Helen Buckingham”
I remember anthologising this one in:
The Poetic Image – Haiku and Photography (Birmingham Words/ National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006)
to a meat-hook
National League of American Pen Women Haiku Contest, Finalist, 2005)
Do you still have the pdf of this anthology, as I lost mine when my laptop was stolen?
Sorry Alan, I don’t think I ever had a copy.
That’s a shame, either myself or Will Buckingham would have sent one, but Ii never put one on a memory stick alas.
I have these two of your haiku on my Area 17 blog record though. 🙂
a fairy-lit crane
Thanks for reposting these, Alan!