Monday 21 November 2022

Ten Haiku/Senryu by Neal Whitman


Unpublished 10 Haiku / Senryu by Neal Whitman


mornings are dark

under my wool blanket

deep sleep of frost



a shadow of doubt

deer at our door


our Westminster clock

chimes two gongs short –

supper will be late


with love from Mommy

used copy of Yeats

now mine to hold dear


out-worn heart

in our worn-out time



canned beans

a homeless vet’s

cold reception


she’s gone

still I see her

twirling a baton


gingko in Japan

said to survive the A-Bomb

Nature’s resilience


furloughed –

in the food bank

kneading dough


name badges

fluttering in the wind




Neal Whitman lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, Elaine. They co-edited the 2021 and 2022 Yuki Teiki Haiku Society annual members anthologies and co-judged the 2022 United Haiku and Tanka Society Samurai Haibun Contest. Neal is haiku editor for Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. Beyond his home borders, like raccoons do not stop at map lines: poetry has been published in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Serbia,  Bosnia/Herzegovina, Slovenia, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan as well as North of the Future.  


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