canine catching its tail by no means ending cycle of struggle
–Elancharan Gunasekaran (Singapore)

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now we pay dearly
–Rosemarie Schuldes (Mattsee, Austria)

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rain sounds
don’t be afraid
little spider
–Albert Schepers (Windsor, Ontario)

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our arms on the tablecloth
subsequent to the oil bottle
first chilly pressed
–Marcellin Dallaire-Beaumont (Brussels, Belgium)

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oil scarcity
germinating within the backyard
sunflower seeds
–Francoise Maurice (Draguignan, France)

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household reunion
a layer of soybean oil
on the rooster curry
–Hifsa Ashraf (Rawalpindi, Pakistan)

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olive oil–
the five-star chef’s
none different
–Hla Yin Mon (Yangon, Myanmar)

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cease staring cow–
I’ve questions
for you too
–Herb Tate (Jersey, U.Ok.)

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Within the salad bowl
tailfin waving olive oil
taste of the ocean
–Teiichi Suzuki (Osaka)

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a gathering nightfall
church lamps burning
looted sunflower oil
–Mike Fainzilber (Rehovot, Israel)


world local weather
the ten plagues of Egypt…
we’re effectively on monitor
–Luciana Moretto (Treviso, Italy)

The haikuist quoted the e book of Exodus, which predicted the approaching of frogs, lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of firstborn kids. The biblical story additionally foretold water would flip to blood. On a scorching day in Yachiyo, Chiba, T.D. Ginting noticed wallowing livestock, however the verb he truncated on this one-line haiku may also imply to lie drenched in blood: the mud–the pigs (s)welter.

Patrick Sweeney fought off bugs at an apple orchard in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture: the retreating military’s chew marks on the waxed fruit.

Jerome Berglund was bothered by a bug in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

one thing writhing
fling on intuition didn’t see it,
now I can’t discover it

Maid Corbic got here below assault in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

bugs are in every single place
within the scorching summer season session
I would like safety

Mark Jabusch adopted cicada sounds in Surrey, British Columbia.

Semi calls to us
baffles humid summer season warmth
cool sounds run with pleasure

Based mostly in Toronto, Ontario, Sunil Sharma heard a lament for the lifeless.

Dirge of ocean
misplaced on land
seabirds gasp

When Mel Goldberg lived close to Flagstaff, Arizona, he typically “hiked mountain trails within the chilly mornings, and often noticed rattlesnakes curled in rocky crevices ready for the solar to heat them earlier than they may transfer.”

morning hike
in a crevice
a rattlesnake awaits the solar

Joel Dias-Porter recovered an outdated dream from the home the place he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

below the mattress
in my childhood room
origami dragon

Marcie Wessels watched two males doing push-ups out her window in San Diego, California, till one in all them gave up and ran away.

push-up contest
on the patio
texas spiny lizards

Satoru Kanematsu recalled the scent of scorched earth when he was slightly boy residing in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, on Aug. 15, 1945.

Defeat Day–
unforgettable scent
of burnt soil

Atsuko Tanimura was interested in beams of daylight piercing by means of her backyard. On nearer inspection, she noticed wormholes within the leaves that had been creating miniature halos. The halo impact, known as “higasa,” is a big ring of sunshine within the sky, and one has been seen shining above the cenotaph at floor zero in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Halo by means of
a bug-eaten leaf–
floor zero

Masumi Orihara picked a mint-flavored herb from her natural backyard for at this time’s lunch.

in each shiso leaf…

Kanematsu relentlessly sprayed bugs with insecticide.

You culprits!
nibbling my younger crops
naughty bugs

Neo stated it was so scorching in Shenzhen, China, that he needed to cease working extra time as a video editor for Tencent. Drought has disrupted the area’s hydropower, and workplace buildings shut down air-con to spare an overextended electrical grid.

Broiling sunshine
cicadas maintain firm
that is my summer season

Drought and warming temperatures improve the reproductive charges of bugs. Large grasshoppers and Mormon crickets ravaged crops in western North America this summer season. Their biblical title dates again to the 1800s, once they first ruined the fields of Mormon settlers in Utah. Eva Limbach got here to comprehend that struggle can discover any nation and anybody.

billowing wheat
wherever struggle
will discover us

Kanematsu and his grandson had been warmly welcomed on the door of a haunted home attraction held at a non secular shrine. The haikuist stated that visiting the creepy place made their pores and skin crawl, which helped them to chill down.

Summer season night–
at Home of Horrors
part-time ghosts

Adjei Agyei-Baah ran straight residence to Kumasi, Ghana.

ghost city
the helter skelter
of bats

Mexico is experiencing a extreme drought. Human-caused local weather change has altered rainfall patterns, so Jaspe Uriel Martinez saved cool within the central Mexican state of Hidalgo by studying Junichiro Tanizaki’s philosophy behind “In Reward of Shadows.” Written in 1933, the essay explains the aesthetics of conventional Japanese houses. Western houses are usually designed to make full use of obtainable gentle, whereas these in Japan attempt to maintain it out, filtering it by means of a sequence of blinds and screens till it stops, effectively in need of the middle of the constructing.

Nothing on the desk
besides summer season’s moonlight
and slight shadows

Ashoka Weerakkody retains a clear kitchen in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

olive oil
ready on the pantry desk
overdue recipe

Juliet Wilson is anxious by an unintended side-effect of using big machines to hoover olive bushes at evening whereas birds are roosting. When the haikuist outlets in Edinburgh, Scotland, she appears to be like for manufacturers imported from the Island of Lesbos that promote the standard hand-picking of olives on dry, sunny days in September.

so many lifeless birds–
the key harvest
of olive oil

Angela Giordano famous the silencing of hen cannons and different sound-emitting gadgets that frighten birds away from crops. Natalia Kuznetsova voiced concern for this 12 months’s harvest in Moscow, Russia.

the cannon silent
over the cornfields–
winds of peace

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a homicide of crows
within the unharvested field–
no man’s land

J.D. Nelson flocked to The Village at Lafayette mall looking for a deal on Labor Day.

100 pigeons
circle the buying center–
the top of summer season

A.J. Anwar’s poem was impressed by the titular 2019 movie depicting the travels of a British journalist to Ukraine to report on hunger in 1933.

war-torn Ukraine
her grain stolen even now–
Mr. Jones’ famine

Moretto was impressed by Italian poet Eugenio Montale (1896-1981), winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature, whose verse prayed for a sunflower as a result of he lived in an unforgiving, arid land burned by salt.

summer season of struggle
sunflower oil in brief provide
our religion too

Suzuki relived the boiling solar of 1888 in Arles, France, by viewing “The Sunflowers” in a everlasting artwork assortment at Sompo Museum of Artwork in Tokyo.

Oil colours added
to Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers
the simmering sky

Throughout drought in Tokyo, Murasaki Sagano lives by the maxim “mottainai,” explaining don’t waste, one cup of water is sufficient! Displaying such respect is comparable in which means to the proverb “waste not, need not.”

Olive oil and salt
on chilly tofu
simply sufficient

Helga Stania famous how life goes on. After months of bitter preventing, the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol lies in Russian arms.

a girl crops flowers
in Mariupol

Maurice used figurative language to convey biblical blessings of peace and prosperity. The heatwave that baked Provence, France, all summer season lengthy prompted bushes and bushes to shed their leaves early, creating scenes that appeared autumnal.

hand in hand
the fruits of the fig tree will ripen
despite the struggle

Samo Kreutz haggled over rising oil costs at a market stall in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

olive oil
these calloused arms
of a Greek huckster

Stania prompt this poetic line: olive oil freshly pressed this present day with a touch of bitterness.

Kanematsu cringed on the sounds coming by means of the wall.

Scorching heat–
the lady subsequent door
scolds her children

Married to an Italian, Orihara’s Japanese pal shared her secret of how one can maintain peace at residence.

by no means with out
pickled olives
pickled ume

Peter Leroe-Munoz obtained used to listening to an Italian phrase which means “good day lovely.” Aside from saying it’s scorching, Kanematsu prompt that no person had the vitality to hold on a dialog. Maurice exclaimed that it was simply too scorching to translate from French.

olive oil store
all morning
“ciao bella”

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“atsui ne”
no different greetings
on the bus

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“quelle chaleur!”
in my chilly beer glass
a bug’s hum

A former farmhand, John Zheng lives within the Mississippi Delta.

corn moon
a harvest plate
with boiled corn

Yasir Farooq might need reached for a snack at residence in Karachi, Pakistan, whereas studying a narrative from “The Arabian Nights.”

opened olive bottle
the genie takes me again
to Mount Sinai

Lori Kiefer’s father was from Cyprus, and he or she stated that olive oil was a staple half her household’s eating regimen.

nonetheless right here…
the can of olive oil
pressed from his tree

Leroe-Munoz utilized a small quantity of moisturizer in Gilroy, California. Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo’s fever was soothed by her grandmother in Bombon, Philippines.

olive oil
it corporations the pores and skin
she says with a dab

* * *

coconut oil
grandma’s light contact
on my burning brow

Capota Daniela Lacramioara discovered it unbearably scorching in Galati, Romania. Dejan Ivanovic opened a tin of tightly packed oily sardines in Lazarevac, Serbia.

roasting within the sun–
our bodies
in coconut oil

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in vegetable oil
–golden brown waves

Lakshmi Iyer likes the silky really feel however not the scent of conventional shampoo in India. Hla Yin Mon admired the hydrating impact of her hair conditioner.

weekend hair wash
burnt scent of coconut
lingering midhead

* * *

coconut oil–
the Asian’s hair blacker
than black

Kanematsu obtained a brand new pet.

An outdated man
pulled by a poodle
twilight stroll

Berglund wrote a line of programming code utilizing a lambda, which appears to be like like a double-colon: to wind up in an abusive relationship together with her canine :: a present. The assertion earlier than the punctuation explicitly refers to what he’s speaking about, and the default title after the punctuation refers back to the methodology he intends to take.

Taofeek Ayeyemi submitted this haiku from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a geographic location that has skilled each drought and flooding: Summer season solstice — a hound canine bites the hunter.

Observe how the punctuation on Kanematsu’s second line allowed for an both/or hyperbola in his poetry.

The earth’s sick
torrential downpour/
crippling drought

Suzuki stated he’s recovering from heatstroke after falling sick in a room with out air-con.

by means of the ward window
cicadas’ refrain


Whet your thirst for poetry at The following problems with the Asahi Haikuist Community seem Sept. 16 and 30. Readers are invited to ship haiku about gasoline or oil on a postcard to David McMurray on the Worldwide College of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to (

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David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Community column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Night Information. He’s on the editorial board of the Crimson Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, columnist for the Haiku Worldwide Affiliation, and is editor of Educating Help, a column in The Language Instructor of the Japan Affiliation for Language Educating (JALT).

McMurray is professor of intercultural research at The Worldwide College of Kagoshima the place he lectures on worldwide haiku. On the Graduate Faculty he supervises college students who analysis haiku. He’s a correspondent faculty instructor of Haiku in English for the Asahi Tradition Middle in Tokyo.

McMurray judges haiku contests organized by The Worldwide College of Kagoshima, Ito En Oi Ocha, Asahi Tradition Middle, Matsuyama Metropolis, Polish Haiku Affiliation, Ministry of Overseas Affairs, Seinan Jo Gakuin College, and Solely One Tree.

McMurray’s award-winning books embrace: “Educating and Studying Haiku in English” (2022); “Solely One Tree Haiku, Music & Metaphor” (2015); “Canada Venture Collected Essays & Poems” Vols. 1-8 (2013); and “Haiku in English as a Japanese Language” (2003).

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