World Haiku Series 2019 (76)
Haiku by Jo Balistreri
curve of a carp
in the pond
roller blades around the fountain crocus in bloom
leaning out the window
a woman new with Spring…
children at hopscotch
in their midst
my father’s shy smile
among the wings
with the hemlock wind…
a smoky-peach sunset
across the plains
manes of wild horses
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Waukesha, WI USA
Mary Jo ( Jo) was formerly a concert pianist and harpsichordist.
She began writing poetry in 2005 to give witness to the life of her grandson who died that year.
In 2009, she lost her hearing in the ICU.
Now it would only be the poetry of words.
In 2014, she fell in love with Japanese forms–haiku, haibun.
It has become her way of life.
She is grateful for all who have helped and continue to help along the way.
Here are two photos presented by Ms. Jo Balistreri.