World Haiku Series 2021 (9) Haiku by David McMurray

sharing a futon
in temporary shelter
snow-covered windows

The 75th Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Grand Prize
originally published: Basho Memorial Museum
公益財団法人 芭蕉翁顕彰会
第75回芭蕉翁献詠俳句(英語俳句の部)最優秀賞

避難所で分け合ふ布団窓に雪

☆
tossing and turning
cold sheets and unfamiliar bed
fortnight quarantine
 
originally published: World Haiku Review
世界俳句レビュー

投げて回す
冷たいシーツとなじみのないベッド
2週間の隔離

☆
social distancing
spring dream wanders
middle of the night
 
originally published: World Haiku Review
世界俳句レビュー

人を避け
春の夢がさまよう
真夜中に

☆
for this wheezing
deep within the ribcage
there was no answer
 
originally published: World Haiku Review
世界俳句レビュー

胸郭の奥深く
この喘鳴の
解決策は無かった

☆
green tea stains
on the wooden engawa
parents’ land passed on
 
originally published: Haiku International Association “HI”
国際俳句交流協会、季刊誌「HI」

緑茶のしみが
縁側に残っている
受け継がれた両親の土地

☆
Tears in the rain
Pink flowers
I found a friend, too
 
originally published: Tokyo Shoseki, New Horizon DVD
 「東京書籍のニューホライズン DVD」

雨の中の涙
ピンクの花
私も友だちを見つけた

Riverside

An endless summer

Without shoes

originally published: Tokyo Shoseki, New Horizon DVD

 「東京書籍のニューホライズン DVD

川辺

長い、長い夏

靴がいらない

Unzipped parka
the world rock climbers meet
panorama breeze
 
originally published: Grit, Grace, and Gold, Kodansha.
 「グリット、グレース、ゴールド」講談社出版

パーカーのファスナーを開け
世界のロッククライマーが出会う
パノラマのそよ風

☆
Looking for the moon
in a blossom covered sky
light at Sengan-en
 
originally published: IUK Journal
国際文化学部論集

桜の花に覆われた空に
月を探す
仙巌園の光

☆
A flick of the wrist
winds the automatic watch—
summer fatigue
 
originally published: Haiku International Association “HI”
国際俳句交流協会、季刊誌「HI」

夏負けや
手首を振って
巻く時計

Here is a photo presented by David McMurray to the World Haiku Series 2021.

Bio

David McMurray looks forward to judging your submission to the Akita International Haiku Contest 2022. His YouTube video “3 Review Standards” explains haiku judging criteria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7E99437Ubs

David wrote the script “PhotoHaiku” and acted in a 5-minute DVD to supplement the textbook New Horizon for junior high school students released in 2021 by Tokyo Shoseki.

David McMurray selects and edits the Asahi Haikuist Network column at https://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/

Don’t miss his forthcoming hardcover bound 200-page book Teaching and Learning Haiku.

9 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2021 (9) Haiku by David McMurray

  1. New Horizon Haiku will be a breath of fresh air for not only students in Japan but also for people across the globe. Thank you David for encouraging and going the extra mile to help us understand world haiku!

  2. Congratulations to professor David for well-deserved success.
    One Haiku I liked the most was,
    green tea stains
    on the wooden engawa
    parents’ land passed on

  3. Congratulations!!
    I like this haiku!
    green tea stains
    on the wooden engawa
    parents’ land passed on

    I want to make my own haiku more!

  4. Congratulations!!
    I like this haiku.
    green tea stains
    on the wooden engawa
    parents’ land passed on

    I want to make my own haiku more!!

  5. It is very interesting to make a haiku! There are a lot of meaning in a short poem, that ‘s so amazing!

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