Christmas Cookies


Failed Haiku A Journal of English Senryu


December 2019


Steady Rain


2018 Jane Reichhold  Memorial Haiga Contest

Third Place in Photographic Division


Published simultaneously in

Prune Juice A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga


Failed Haiku A Journal of English Senryu

November 5, 2018

Commentary by Steve Hodge, judge of the photographic haiga section:

“I loved this haiga the moment I saw it. As with many senryu, I like its simple premise – two people taking advantage of a steady rain to drop what they were doing and sit and hold hands. No metaphors or profound hidden meanings. Does the “steady” rain indicate that the couple are going steady or have enjoyed a steady relationship? Nope. Not for me. Does the wilted flower indicate that trouble may lay ahead for this couple? Nope again. Is it a romantic couple? A parent and child? Siblings? Who cares! It’s a lovely moment and a lovely image. That’s more than enough for me.”

New Year’s Day

Early September always feels like the beginning of something. The excitement of cool air and the scratchy feel of a new sweater. The flowers may be dying but not before they set seeds floating toward another summer. It puts a girl in the mood to stretch, maybe try some yoga or Tai Chi. Or is this the moment to dig another garden or maybe just stare out the window at the rabbit who has just appeared in my view?

getting high
on the new book smell—
fourth grade


Failed Haiku : A Journal of English Senryu

October 2018