Creatrix 22 Haiku

September 2013

Selectors: Rose van Son, Gary De Piazzi, Amanda Joy and Meryl Manoy

 

This edition of Creatrix Haiku is dedicated to the memory of Dr Sally Clarke, a past Editor of Creatrix Poetry, and an Australian prize-winning poet and friend, who passed away 17th August 2013, and whose passion for haiku, senryu, and nature, gave her, and her readers, continued pleasure.  Her beautiful work was widely published in many haiku and haibun journals, both nationally and internationally. Her observation and awareness of nature, the seasons and its changes, and her love of human nature enriched her fine writing. Sally gave so much to the WA writing community and will be remembered for her beautiful poetry, her kindness and her willingness to support WA poetry; she will be greatly missed.

Rose van Son, Editor 

leaves sprout
from a blackened stump
charity bin overflows

small child
absorbed in teaspoons
stirring a new movement

early morning sunlight
on the nativity
a blessing

epiphylum flowers
perfume our night
hang limp this morning

red callistemon
yellow ring-neck parrot
against blue sky

dull winter day
wattle tree in bloom—
sunshine

farming—
tall turbines
gather sea breezes

she kicks off
white wedding shoes
sand between the toes

fern garden
through glass
a blue tongue lizard

orange sunflowers
in the tank
a dead goldfish

tall gum trees
at my feet
a golden skink

outside the nursing home
wires hum
mother sits quietly

Sally Clarke

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Contributors:

Jade Pisani

Jayashree Maniyil

Margaret Ferrell

JK O’Dea

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

Anne Carly Abad

Graham Nunn

Graeme Butler

Meryl Manoy

Karin Anderson

Simon Hanson

Maureen Sexton

Jennifer Sutherland


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farmers market-
the toddler finds
her shadow

old love letter
still in a box-
recycle bin

            Jade Pisani

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autumn leaf —
the lightness
of her swaying hips

            Jayashree Maniyil

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woolly bush
honeyeater nests
in the softness

            Margaret Ferrell

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Low pink clouds
and there a purple one –
hydrangeas

            JK O’Dea

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sympathy card
finding someone else’s words
for what I can’t say

magpies
poke for worms
knitting patterns

            Gary Colombo De Piazzi

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skimming pages
a spotted moth lights
on my fingertip

            Anne Carly Abad

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one stone     the width of the river

garden worm
the length of
my lifeline

            Graham Nunn

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cubic pyrites
nature high rolling

            Graeme Butler

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AGED CROSSING
we stop for 2 ducks

            Meryl Manoy

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lost bird calls
the question marks
of cats’ tails

            Karin Anderson

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church ruin
a carpet of grass
a ceiling of stars

            Simon Hanson

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pet dog
spread across my lap
the cat still finds room

            Maureen Sexton

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candle light
the evening
in shadows

            Jennifer Sutherland

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