H.Gene Murtha Contest – 2019

ultrasound gel

as she circles the probe

I read her face

(First Prize)


cancer diagnosis

i add a red lipstick

to my collection

(Highly commended)

First published in Wild, The British Haiku Society Anthology 2019




departure lounge

I read the news of her death

on my iPad

in the darkness outside

the receding taillights of a plane



For Rachel Sutcliffe



(Blithe Spirit Vol.29 Number2)