Haiku

 

still pool …
an otter dives
into itself

 

stiller Teich …
ein Otter taucht
in sein Selbst

 

 

silent snow
father’s untold
secrets

 

Schneestille
Vaters unausgesprochene
Geheimnisse

 

 

halo moon
the heavy heads
of sunflowers

 

Hof um den Mond
die schweren Köpfe
von Sonnenblumen

 

© Martha Magenta

Chrysanthemum 22, October 18, 2017 in English and German
http://www.chrysanthemum-haiku.net/media/Chrysanthemum_22.pdf

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71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest Honourable Mention

 

river kingfisher
a splash of blue
in the cloud

© Martha Magenta

http://www.basho-bp.jp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/29_eigo.pdf

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Haiku

 

churchyard lichen
the living and dead
in symbiosis

 

© Martha Magenta
Cattails – the journal of the United Haiku & Tanka Society October, 2017
http://www.cattailsjournal.com/issues/cattails_final_Oct2017.pdf

with Editor’s Choice and commentary:

“Martha Magenta’s haiku balances many things and the first line itself is indicative of that. Lichens are a symbol of life and symbiosis between organisms, and are intriguing in their appearance. The churchyard is normally associated with the dead. These two images in the first line provide tautness to the haiku. Lines two and three turn the concept of symbiosis around – the mutually beneficial relationship of the living and the dead. The haiku is layered and each reading gave me new insight. Many images flash – of the living visiting the dead in the churchyard, of the hues and shapes of moss, of lichen growing in an environment that is nourished by the dead. The symbiosis in the last line links back to the images in the first line, especially the lichen. To me, this haiku also suggests an acceptance of the dead and death, just as we accept life and the living. “

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Haiku in the Workplace: Dawn in the Office

frosty meeting
a coffee machine
sets the agenda

© Martha Magenta

Haiku in the Workplace, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation blog
https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/2017/10/04/haiku-in-the-workplace-dawn-in-the-office/

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Haiku

 

magnolia petal moon
her last days
pass so quickly

© Martha Magenta

haikuniverse  October 4, 2017
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/15ee88de006d5b2b

 

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Tanka

 

you left silently
while I slept
following the moon path
to a cold gray winter
your pillow still warm next to mine

© Martha Magenta

The Zen Space Autumn 2017 Showcase
https://thezenspace.wordpress.com/experience/autumn-2017-showcase/

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Senryu

 

melancholy thistle
the heartache
in mother’s song

 

builders’ butt
rain seeps to the bottom
of the gulley

 

mosquito
the comments I get
on social media

 

potholes
she fills every silence
with her advice

 

driving
on the wrong side
ex-pats after brexit

 

© Martha Magenta

Failed Haiku A Journal of English Senryu – October 1 2017
https://failedhaiku.com/2017/10/01/issue-22-is-now-up-for-your-reading-pleasure/

http://www.haikuhut.com/FailedHaikuIssue22.pdf

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