12 thoughts on “Haiku

  1. This was also one of my very top favourites! There is so much in this haiku, and yet it looks so simple. Definitely worth reading and reading again!

    Alan Summers
    Call of the Page

      • My condolences.

        I’ve written a lot of haiku and haibun about my own mother that I didn’t expect to write. I’d only written two haiku about my father, and that was about the funeral. Although he is briefly mentioned in my Batwoman haibun. 🙂

        warmest regards,
        Alan

      • Thank you. I’ve written multiple haiku of or around my mother, and haibun. But I’m guessing it might be this one you are thinking of in particular?

        It’s been in a number of places including these:

        house clearance
        room by room by room
        my mother disappears

        Alan Summers

        Winner, Touchstone Award 2016 (The Haiku Foundation)
        Shortlisted: Museum of Haiku Literature, Tokyo, Japan
        First Publication Credit: Blithe Spirit 26.1 (March 2016)

        Anthology Credits:

        The Signature Haiku Anthology ed. Robert Epstein (Middle Island Press 2020)

        2018 Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology / L’anthologie 2018 des membres de Haïku Canada (ed. Marco Fraticelli and Philomene Kocher)

        old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017
        ed. Jim Kacian/Red Moon Press Editorial Staff

      • Thank you!

        It’s appeared in lots of other places so better known than this one:

        mulled wine
        my mother’s voices
        move within me
         
        Alan Summers
        Asahi Shimbun (Japan) 1st January 2016

        As well as The Green Lady haibun etc…

        In fact I got an unexpected email request from the founder of a very prestigious haiku journal letting me know how much they loved my house clearance poem, especially as they have just lost their own mother.

    • I’m not surprised that you were one of only two poets who achieved the International Sakura Award from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom judging panel for haiku.

      cherry blossoms
      mother’s baby steps
      holding my hand

      Madhuri Pillai
      Melbourne, Australia

      International Sakura Award
      Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2020

      Each line unravels the greater poem with beauty, grace, and poignancy. I expect to see this in an anthology or two.

      Alan Summers
      Call of the Page

  2. This probably resonates with everyone. They teach us to walk, run behind us and care for us throughout their lives. And this is the day we dread…very moving, Madhuri. I wish this post had more likes.

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