World Haiku Series 2020 (45) Haiku by Mary Jo Balistreri

shadows crawl

an echo of children’s voices

from under the elms

影が這う

子供たちの声の反響

ニレの下から

goslings

a gander’s sudden honk

roams the backyard

bottle rockets

issue 43/august, 2020

ガチョウのひな

ガチョウの雄の突然の鳴き声

裏庭を歩き回る

the ash tree silver from sun rising crows

modern haiku, 51.2, spring, summer, 2020

太陽が昇るカラスからの灰の木の銀

the midnight hour

spruce boughs shimmer

in moonlight ice

真夜中の時間

トウヒの枝がきらめく

月明かりの氷の中で

junipers

snag the full moon

and a nightingale

blithe spirit,

30.1, 2020

トショウ

満月を奪う

そしてナイチンゲール

in the spiral

of a rose

bluet damselfly

blithe spirit

issue 30.3, 2020

らせんの中に

バラの

ブルートイトトンボ

an ant and I

share the sweetness…

showy milkweed

akitsu,

fall, 2020

アリと私

甘さを共有する

目立つトウワタ

puddling…

a swarm of swallowtails

after the storm

hedgerow,

june, 2020

代かき

アゲハチョウの群れ

嵐の後

forever in the shade

of pine trees…

father reading to me

failed haiku,

october, 2020

日陰で永遠に

松の木の

私に読み聞かせている父

a berry in its beak

dangling from the juniper—

cedar waxwing

Chicago Illinois botanical garden, 2020

くちばしにベリー

トショウからぶら下がっている

ヒメレンジャク

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Ms. Mary Jo Balistreri Kindly and delightedly presented her favorite photos to the World Haiku Series 2020.

Short Bio:

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. 

https://akitahaiku.com/2020/03/23/

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.

Sincerely,

Mary Jo Balistreri

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2020 (45) Haiku by Mary Jo Balistreri

  1. Dear Hiruta,
    Thank you for presenting my haiku and photos. It is an honor to be part of this beautiful space that you have created for all of us. There is peace and time for reflection. Coming each day to spend some time with people from all over the world is a boon to the spirit.

  2. These haiku and photos are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing these.
    Prayers for peace and good health.

    Geethanjali

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