Akitsu Quarterly

Winter 2018


Ito En Semifinalist Poems 2018

January 2018

winter thaw
a mockingbird jumps
from branch to branch

February 2018

river thaw
a quacking memory
drifts by

March 2018

empty nest
an echo of voices
I almost hear

June 2018

country walk
the scent of manure follows
a bend in the road 

September 2018

ebb tide
when leaving was all
I could think about


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.”