World Haiku Series 2019 (134) Haiku by Neal Whitman

World Haiku Series 2019 (134)

Haiku by Neal Whitman

 

sakura blossoms

loose in an envelope

priority mail

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019 Best USA

 

さくらの花

封筒の中に解き放たれた

優先メール

 

one lone white stork

lifts off the mirrored lake

fading echo

 

White Stork Contest, Three Rivers, Croatia, highly commended 2017

 

一羽の孤独な白いコウノトリ

鏡のような湖から飛び立つ

消えていく反響音

 

not a window

but a mirror

full cold moon

 

San Francisco International Contest, 2016 second prize haiku

 

窓ではなく鏡

冷たい満月

 

the spring tide

goes out in a rush

limpets hold on

 

Ito En Grand Prix Haiku, 2016 silver prize

 

春の潮

あわただしく引いていく

カサガイがしがみつく

 

cool

on a blistering day

her silver flute

 

Ito En Grand Prix Haiku, 2015 bronze prize

 

涼しい

焼けつくような日に

彼女の銀笛

 

night crossing

Tijuana border guard

in dark glasses

 

Haiku Society of America, 2014 first prize senryu

 

夜の交差点

ティファナ国境警備隊

サングラスで

 

in the hot tub 

my eyes on her floating breasts

Hunter’s Moon

 

Haiku Society of America, 2013 honorable mention

 

温水浴槽で

彼女の浮いている胸に私の目

狩猟月

 

pumpkins

stacked in a pyramid

postcard from home

 

Pumpkin Festival, Ivanic Grad, Croatia, second prize

 

カボチャ

ピラミッド型に積み上げられた

故郷からのはがき

 

old bottle of wine

my mother’s oldest sister

she never married

 

Magazine of Romanian-Japanese Relationships, 2016 third award

 

ワインの古いボトル

母の長姉

結婚したことがない

 

our old mastiff

sleeping by the fireplace

his farts forgiven

 

Diogen Pro Kultura Magazin, 2012 first prize winter senryu

 

私たちの年老いたマスチフ(犬)

暖炉のそばで寝ている

彼のオナラは許される

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

Bio:

Neal Whitman lives with his wife, Elaine, in Pacific Grove on California Central Coast’s Monterey Peninsula where land meeting ocean inspires his poetry and her photography.

He is Vice President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society and haiku editor for Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine.

They are proud to be donors to the Monterey Symphony and to attend the 2019 annual gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (134) Haiku by Neal Whitman

  1. Alan is an old chum, so his kind words are welcome. But, a grace note from Mary Jo, not someone at this moment known to me, at least not right now, was a special dose of medicine in midst of pandemic. To her I say, much thanks. You helped.
    Beal

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