Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Three on winter

dug in

against the wind:

fence posts

 

feeling quiet . . .

raindrops

and the sound of raindrops

 

ladling soup

and steam . . .

this sunbeam


Published in Akitsu Quarterly: Winter 2017 (http://www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html), 12/6/17.

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Haiku for November 18, 2017

an afternoon

of windy rain

— and a migraine


Making art out of something unpleasant… Hey, why not, right?  :- )

Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/12/haiku-written-on-november-18-2017.html), 12/1/17.

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Fluttering

all around the sleeping cat

shadows of birds

fluttering

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Passages

A Rengay by Annette Makino & Bill Waters

revolving door
that autumn leaf
comes round again

behind the bookcase
a secret passage

tousled roses
the garden gate
rusted open

spring break
the hallways fill
with silence

a curving dirt road
to an unlocked door

tunnel’s end
morning light bouncing off
fresh-fallen snow


Published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems, issue 121 (autumn 2017), page 17, on 11/14/17.

You can find out more about Annette Makino at her blog, makinostudios.com.

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Day’s end

A Rengay by Mary Kendall & Bill Waters

stillness —
violet fades
to black

the scratch of a match
as I strike it

a flicker
of memory starts
then stops

turn of the tide . . .
how hard it is
to let go

a limb of driftwood
pulled back to sea

fair nights or foul
the lighthouse beam
shining


Published in Skylark Tanka Journal, issue 5:2 (winter 2017), page 104, on 11/3/17.

You can find more of Mary Kendall’s superb writing at her blog, apoetintime.com.

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Two senryu

mango chutney . . .
when was it
we last ate together?

so much
so little:
time


Published in Prune Juice: A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun, and Haiga (no. 23), page 131 (https://prunejuice.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/pj-231.pdf), 11/5/17.

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Tanka in a bottle

Yesterday — a sunny, warm Saturday in autumn — I installed my “tanka-in-a-bottle” project in a local woodland park! (If you’re thinking “Tanka… Wait. What?”, please see my post for July 25th. ;- )

In the end, I decided to not hang each little bottle from a tree branch, which was my original plan. Instead, I made a small sign (to be clear that they are free to take and are not contraband of some sort) and hung them all on a trail signpost. I’m hopeful that my installation will catch the eye of passersby, despite the distractions of smartphones and earbuds.

 

The materials in hand: tanka bottles, the sign, a piece of string, and two pushpins

The materials in hand: tanka bottles, the sign, a piece of string, and two pushpins.

 

Pinning up the sign

Pinning up the sign…

 

...hanging bottles on the string

…hanging the bottles on the string…

 

...and voila

…and voila!

 

Poet and Poems

Poet and poems.  :- )

 

Many thanks to U.K. poet Caroline Skanne for providing some tanka of her own to pair with mine!  _/|\_

I’ll go back to that signpost in a few days to see how my project is faring. I don’t expect much if any traffic this rainy Sunday, but the weather is predicted to brighten up in a day or two.

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Cubist moon

just cold enough

for puddles to freeze . . .

cubist moon


Published in Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku, fall 2017.

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Three in German

zerspritzendes Licht
der kleine Spatz
im Vogelbad

splashing light
the little bird
in the birdbath
Regenunterbrechung . . .
über dem gefrorenen Teich dieser
schwere Nebel
a break in the rain . . .
over the frozen pond
this heavy mist
sie wachsen
auf unserem Fenster:
Frostfarne
they grow
on our window:
frost ferns

Published in (and translated by) the German/English e-zine Chrysanthemum, issue 22, pages 59 and 61, on 10/18/17.

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This red dirt road, redux

The Mamba: Issue 4, page 60. (Haiku by Bill Waters; Haiga by Africa Haiku Network.)

The Mamba: Issue 4, page 60. (Haiku by Bill Waters; Haiga by Africa Haiku Network.)


Published in The Mamba: Journal of African Haiku (issue 4), October 15, 2017.

Also, posted on 8/3/17 on Facebook by the Africa Haiku Network as a part of its “Throwback Haiku Series” and on this blog.

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