an echo of children’s voices
from under the elms
a gander’s sudden honk
roams the backyard
issue 43/august, 2020
the ash tree silver from sun rising crows
modern haiku, 51.2, spring, summer, 2020
the midnight hour
spruce boughs shimmer
in moonlight ice
snag the full moon
and a nightingale
in the spiral
of a rose
issue 30.3, 2020
an ant and I
share the sweetness…
a swarm of swallowtails
after the storm
forever in the shade
of pine trees…
father reading to me
a berry in its beak
dangling from the juniper—
Chicago Illinois botanical garden, 2020
― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta
Ms. Mary Jo Balistreri Kindly and delightedly presented her favorite photos to the World Haiku Series 2020.
Mary Jo was a musician originally, playing the piano and harpsichord professionally for most of her life.
With the death of a young grandchild and the loss of her hearing, she turned to the music of words.
She now spends as much time writing as she once did practicing.
She has three books of poetry published and one chapbook.
Some of her latest work can be found: modern haiku, the heron’s nest, frogpond, noon, presence, blithe spirit, akitsu, bottle rockets, failed haiku, and others.
Please visit her at maryjobalistreripoet.com
She rarely writes free verse anymore and has dedicated her life to haiku and the study of Japanese forms.
Here are words from her:
Thank you for reading my work.
May your days be filled with the satisfaction of good work, with passion and with humor.
Never forget all our wishes for peace.
Mary Jo Balistreri