World Haiku Series 2019 (134)
Haiku by Neal Whitman
loose in an envelope
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019 Best USA
one lone white stork
lifts off the mirrored lake
White Stork Contest, Three Rivers, Croatia, highly commended 2017
not a window
but a mirror
full cold moon
San Francisco International Contest, 2016 second prize haiku
the spring tide
goes out in a rush
limpets hold on
Ito En Grand Prix Haiku, 2016 silver prize
on a blistering day
her silver flute
Ito En Grand Prix Haiku, 2015 bronze prize
Tijuana border guard
in dark glasses
Haiku Society of America, 2014 first prize senryu
in the hot tub
my eyes on her floating breasts
Haiku Society of America, 2013 honorable mention
stacked in a pyramid
postcard from home
Pumpkin Festival, Ivanic Grad, Croatia, second prize
old bottle of wine
my mother’s oldest sister
she never married
Magazine of Romanian-Japanese Relationships, 2016 third award
our old mastiff
sleeping by the fireplace
his farts forgiven
Diogen Pro Kultura Magazin, 2012 first prize winter senryu
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
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.
4 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (134) Haiku by Neal Whitman”
Call of the Page
Stunning. Thank you.
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.
Dear haiku poets, or haijin, thank you very much for having sent fine haiku for the World Haiku Series 2019.
Sharing nice works of haiku is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Thanks a million again for having given such a good time, a rich source of inspiration, and a big delight. Hidenori Hiruta