Creatrix 49 Haiku

June 2020

Selectors: Coral Carter, Rose van Son, Gary De Piazzi and Barry Sanbrook

Contributors

Billy Antonio

Gavin Austin

Taofeek Ayeyemi

Michael Baeyens

Pitt Büerken

Rohan Buettel

Alanna C. Burke

Isabel Caves

Lysa Collins

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

Lorin Ford

Rajandeep Garg

Louise Hopewell

Marilyn Humbert

Geraldine Ingram

Mardi May

Diana Messervy

Leanne Mumford

Nika

Julian O’Dea

Gregory Piko

Cynthia Rowe

Barry Sanbrook

Philip Schofield

Maureen Sexton

Manoj Sharma

Tom Staudt

Debbie Strange

Rashmi VeSa

Roger Watson

Elaine Wilburt

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daily
train commute
the haystacks growing

his suitcase
in the corner
an empty shell

Billy Antonio
Laoac, Philippines

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neon alley
a broken doorstep
his pillow

curled in sheets
the first light
of day

sixth birthday…
nanna sings
from the balcony

Gavin Austin

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sweeping i bend to hear a cricket’s chirp

in the pond water-lilies on the full moon

withered blossoms —
locals packing the remains
of a bomb blast

Taofeek Ayeyemi

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winter woods
a woodpecker punctuates
the silence

attic drawer
the medals
of a lost war

campfire talk
a rush of sparks
fills the night

river bend
the weight of cormorants
in the dead pines

fly screen
the view, from 4K
to 8-bit

Michael Baeyens
Belgium

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Antarctica
the penguins yearn
for cold

pedestrian zone
hundreds of bank robbers
on the way

Pitt Büerken
Münster, Germany 

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skyscrapers occupy
the country town
I left behind

Rohan Buettel

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absence of jet trails
the song
of an unknown bird

still life
till wet
the crunch of a pear

summer evening
crickets
on the menu

Alanna C. Burke
Santa Fe, New Mexico. USA

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a cluster
of covid cases
wild mushrooms

doctor’s office
the old man eyes
a lollipop

autumn rain
the refugee child’s
paper boat

Isabel Caves
New Zealand

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fireweed —
grandfather’s eyes
as he scans the field

rain slick street—
our car horn
the only thing that sticks

Lysa Collins

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dowagers at tea
a long line of chimneys in
the old part of town

second yoga session
shoulder muscle an echo
of yesterday

leaf drift
the mower spits
chips

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

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social distancing–
next door’s banana palm
waves to me

lockdown–
the last of the lotuses
closed for the night

withering wind
the skin over my bones
thinner and thinner

Lorin Ford
Melbourne, Australia

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ceramic birdbath–
paisley embroidered
on the sky

migratory bird
humming the tune
of his song

Rajandeep Garg
India

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working from home
the many lightbulb moments
of my fridge

empty playing field
I catch a sneeze
in my elbow

red desert dust
in the bluestone cracks
city lane

Louise Hopewell
Melbourne

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balcony cuppa–
we share sunshine
and the morning

Marilyn Humbert

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the buzz of the bees
draw me to the rosemary
tears form

Geraldine Ingram

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day of honouring–
sons take out mothers
in mothballs

Mardi May

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on blackened trunks
autumn shoots
extinguish summer

Diana Messervy

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a skink threads
through leaf litter
dappled sunshine

Leanne Mumford
Sydney, Australia

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climate change
the gay couple
marry

processed cheese
a life saturated
with indifference

a shoot of bamboo
breaks through the asphalt
rebellious teen

Nika

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slow down
to be admired
dragonfly

Julian O’Dea
Canberra

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bad coffee
realising this
is all there is

my best thoughts
my worst thoughts
bedside vigil

Gregory Piko

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storm brewing
a beachcomber races
the wind

morning after–
opening the curtains
to a meteor-shower

Cynthia Rowe

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settling up
moth’s
fly

dawn
a chorus
of chats

guitarist
his tattoo
suggests an octave

Barry Sanbrook

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No Entry tape–
in the ocean pool
only fish can swim

late autumn–
the final smell
of newly-cut grass

Philip Schofield

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squeezebox player
at the train station
doors open and close

his funeral
ice cubes melt
in my whiskey

Maureen Sexton

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Buddha’s shrine–
high in a bare branch
a nesting crow

humid day–
a caged parrot repeats
its lamentations

Manoj Sharma
Kathmandu, Nepal 

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ferry to Manly
two gulls hitch a ride
as kids fight for chips

one last pose
for the photo shoot
her smiles stays

Tom Staudt
 Darlinghurst, NSW

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wheatfields
a black bear’s head
now and then

sea grass
my resolve begins
to waver

derelict tractor
tumbleweeds still
roll along

cottongrass
we nod at each other
in passing

frozen cow pies
the dog races away
with our puck

laundry day
how this world spins
on without you

skylarks
the words we can’t
take back

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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night-train
I sleep on
someone’s stories

curfew town
all windows
have eyes

Rashmi VeSa
Bengaluru, India

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the                hummm
……. ing                      bird
——–                       was
—-           there

Roger Watson
Hull, UK

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first shooting star—
sitting side by side
in the field

friendship bracelet—
first summer
at camp

Elaine Wilburt
Easton, Maryland, USA