Friday, January 20, 2017

Quartet: Garden's Ruins

Quartet: Garden's Ruins

radiant star shine
brightening fields and stubble --
moon pays no mind

once a city cold and bleak
some still call it home

that flight of snow geese
too soon for leaving
or early to return?

out of breath and a little hoarse
I shout into the wind


across borders and bridges
lines on a map
trace the Mississippi

may oceans lie between us
yet never shall we part

out of cigarettes
coffee brewing still
she starts another letter

redolent of that summer day
this longing to my torpor


children being naughty
catch Grammie's ill rebuke;
'flies'll stitch your mou's shut!

headlight's at the vanishing point
darkness spurring us on

narratives by design
personal or political
bombard us everyday

a little bit stoned
the graduate wanders off the stage


golden week
a Cineplex record
queues stretched 'round the corner

blossoms litter the path winding
through my garden's ruins

anyway you say it
play it up or spin,
hopes and dreams are on the line

a few more coins clink
into the turnstile

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

a desk top, too
becomes a work of art --
winter deepens

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017

Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017 Guidelines

Genjuan 幻住庵 is the name of the cottage near Lake Biwa where, in 1690, Basho lived for a time. His residence in this 'Vision Inhabited Cottage' was probably the happiest period of his life, and it was there that he wrote his most famous short haibun. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage the writing of fine haibun in English and maintain the connection between the traditional Japanese perception of haibun and what is evolving around the world. The judges are hoping that the Contest will continue to receive a warm response from all haibun writers. The award for the Grand Prix remains the same –
a fine, full-size replica of a Hokusai/Hiroshige ukiyo-e print and smaller gifts will be sent to the An (Cottage) Prizewinners.
The writers of all the decorated works will receive a certificate of merit. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

1 Subject:

2 Style:
No restrictions, but special attention must be paid to honour the spirit of haikai. This includes such features as the subtle linking of haiku with prose, omission prompting the reader's imagination, humour and self-deprecation.

3 Length:
In total, between 7 and 35 lines (at 1 line = 80 spaces; a 3-line haiku counts as 3 lines; the title, as 1 line).

4 Haiku/Title:
At least one haiku (no formal restrictions) should be included and each piece should be given a title, however short.

5 Format:
Print each piece separately on one sheet of A4-size paper (and use the reverse if long) and write at the bottom your name (and your pen name, if you have one) together with your address, telephone number,and email address. Your privacy will be strictly protected, and the judges will not see your names until the result has been decided.

6 Deadline:
All entries should reach the following address between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017. Please send your entries to:
Ms. Eiko Mori, 2-11-23-206 Jokoji, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo-ken 660-0811, Japan.
Entries received after this date might not be accepted. Kindly avoid sending by express and using extra-large envelopes. Best write your home address on your envelope, too. We apologize for not being able to accept emailed entries.

7 Entry Fee:

8 Restrictions:
Entrants can send up to three entries, but two is what we normally expect. They should be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. As we cannot return your entries after screening, please retain your own copies.

9 Questions:
All queries should be sent to the address above or by email to
Email Ms. Mori 2 weeks after sending your entries if you wish to have an acknowledgement of receipt.

10 Judges:
Nenten Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki, Ellis Avery

11 Special Request:
The authors of the decorated works will later be requested to send us their pieces as Word-files by email. In this, we expect your cooperation.

12 Results:
The results will be posted on the Hailstone Icebox by May after awardees have first been notified by email. Later, the prize-winning pieces will be posted there on a dedicated page. Judges’ comments will, in due course, be sent to awardees, together with prizes and/or certificates of merit. Every three years, it is hoped to publish an anthology of the best Genjuan pieces.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

cicada's song
all throughout the twilight --
the moon also rises

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

when I was just a boy
I counted to a thousand --
summer clouds

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bodhisattva relieving herself on crusted snow

a chilly night,
reading mayuzumi
to old bop tunes

scraps and notes
I neglect to throw away --
stiff winds, blowing snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

a lonely child
makes the face of a monkey --
the first snowdrops

Monday, November 2, 2015

riders on a platform
drawn by the busker's voice -
distant trains

Monday, October 26, 2015

the littlest ones
tug at Grandpa's sleeves -
clear Autumn

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

even the general
dons his battle fatigues --
Indian Summer

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

moon viewing --
before their parting
a last embrace

the tang of hot tar
carries on a breeze --
summer's end

Saturday, April 11, 2015

a homeless couple
takes in the sun -
coats tucked in the kitbag