Saturday, September 17, 2022

Most days, I exhibit a certain lack of concern in my eye ...




... to this day rarely, if ever, to be challenged.

Saturday, July 9, 2022



 Pierce County corn fields --
a little bit raggedy
the closer you get



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Summer moon


summer moon--
a drop of sweat
on Shiki's tanka

Saturday, June 11, 2022




 people in each window--
a lawn freshly mowed
lies between us


U.S., Ukraine expand program to relocate Ukrainians to Japan


Sunday, May 29, 2022




cutting grass --
the shadow of Omicron
close on my heels


thin heat


a war brews
continents away --
 this thin heat

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


blood red moon --
Elon's satellites
mar the night sky      

the oarsman



verdant now, a forest
rises above the banks--
the oarsman
struggling upstream




Saturday, April 2, 2022

April Fool


loose ice clogs the river,
a snow drift crowds the bridge --
April Fool's Day


  Scott Ritter: Battle of the Donbass

Monday, March 7, 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022


I'd just spent time analyzing my troublesome laptop with a computer tech, online, in the winter of 2014. This guy was different than any I'd spoken to before. He'd just recommended a competitor over his own software. I wanted to know more about the man.

"Where are you from, friend?"


His tone belied a weight as though burdened with some calculation - I'd heard of trouble. Not many others had. I couldn't quite phrase the question, fresh on my mind, uncertain as I was in how to frame it.

All I could muster was to ask about the weather. Where I live, we boast of our Latitude, as though it's some great fete to survive such extremes.

Maidan -
the technician reports,
"it's cold as fuck"

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Monday, January 17, 2022

Monday, January 10, 2022

little village



this time every year
a little village springs up --
ice on the St. Croix





Tuesday, January 4, 2022

last man



last man standing--
dry socks, a pack of winstons
and johnny walker black

Monday, December 27, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Yotsumono: November (2017)




 November --
countless raindrops to measure
the length of a day

a veil of frost
tints Johari's window

ranks of children
prone and obedient
to a flickering image

a none too distant dream



Little Ice Age; Skating on the Thames





Sunday, December 5, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021




Saturday, October 9, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021















land lines














Saturday, September 18, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

Genjuan Ends ... With A Book!


 Dear haiku friends,

I hope this email finds you in good health in spite of the pandemic we are living through. 

I thought you might want to know that the Genjuan International Haibun Contest has decided to call it a day with this year's Contest, so there will be none in 2022. The reason is simple (unconnected with coronavirus!): neither judges, nor officer wished to go on. It has always been hard work and with no revenue from entry fees, an act of charity attempting to better connect Japan with the rest of the world of haiku. This has continued for 13 years (incl. the forerunning Kikakuza Contest). Other things must be done instead. If you have or know of a suitable newsletter or webpage, it might be nice for your readers to read know this news in advance. 

As a final act, the Hailstone Haiku Circle (based in Kansai, Japan), which has been running the Contest for the past 8 years, has just published an anthology of awarded pieces from the last 4 years (+ judges' comments, judges' haibun, new trans. of Kyorai, Basho, Kikaku, and illustrations by Buson and Taiga). It can be ordered from overseas sales officer, Hitomi Suzuki here: 
It costs ¥1,400 (or US$ 18 airmail). Picture of the cover and more details are here at our Icebox site:
Even without buying the book, you can read just the top four works from each year at that site by clicking the appropriate 'Genjuan Awarded Pieces' link at the top. 

Thanks in advance for anything you can do to get the word out.
Stephen Gill