Monday, October 31, 2011


From time to time, I will post here some of my poems in my forthcoming book, HAIKU AND TANKA HARVEST until it is published. Here is a section on Senryu and Vanguard haiku.

A senryu a day drives your shrink insane. - V. P. Gendrano's aphorism.

Following are samples of senryu I have written and published these past five years.

texting while driving
he wakes in the hospital
with only one leg

Sketchbook, Vol. 6, No. 3
May/June 2011

the new public place
to bare yourself

Sketchbook, Vol. 6, No. 3
May/June 2011

senior power
a cup of coffee
for fifty-nine cents

Sketchbook, Vol. 5, No. 4
July/August 2010

teacher's pet
she tutors her student
the art of love

Sketchbook, Vol. 5, No. 4
July/August 2010

lingering heat
the girl removes her new bra
to freedom

Sketchbook, Vol. 6, No. 3
May/June 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Haiku and Tanka Harvest


My second book of poems is shaping up and now has over 100 pages already. Because the poems consists of only haiku and tanka, I tentatively titled the book HAIKU AND TANKA HARVEST, a slight variation of my blog’s name.

Included are my published articles on how I write both haiku and tanka. The poems are then arbitrarily grouped into seasonal, sequence, and multilingual. There are also several haiga (picture poems) throughout the book. The poems are all published and I have been posting them here for you my loyal readers as a kind of preview. More announcements coming.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Her absence

he dreads  
the dark demons
that inhabit his dreams
each night that passes by
in her absence

Sketchbook, Vol. 6, No. 1
Jan/Feb. 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hospice visit

hospice visit
for the third time
she asks the name
of her daughter
holding her hand

Sketchbook Vol. 5, No. 2
March/April 2010

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I feel alone
amidst a crowd
still hard to fill the void
you left behind

Sketchbook, Vol. 5, No. 4
July/August 2010

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Autumn wind

the autumn wind
scatters the dried leaves
in the family photo
her face is gradually
and slowly fading

Modern English Tanka
Vol. 2, No. 1. Autumn 2007

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Discharged soldier

discharged soldier
he stares at his gun’s barrel
to nothingness

World Haiku Review
January .2011
1st Place, Vanguard Haiku