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Thursday, June 27, 2013

A selection of haiku about rain by Alan Summers (rain haiku)

a selection of haiku about rain
by Alan Summers

long hard rain my compass your true north

Publications credits: Frogpond 36.1 • 2013

this small ache and all the rain too robinsong

Publications credits: Modern Haiku vol. 44.1 winter/spring 2013

cabbage butterflies-
a man with an umbrella
when there's no rain

Publication Credits:  Under the Basho Vol 1.1 Autumn 2013

early morning rain
the sound between
the sound

Publication Credits: Asahi Shimbun (Japan 2013)

Cloud kigo
a light rain patters across
your nightingale floors

Publication Credits: Asahi Shimbun (Japan 2013)

“In search of the ultimate season word to associate with clouds, Alan Summers observes how “rain writes its own story across floorboards that sing like a bird.”

David McMurray is professor of intercultural studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.

the scent of rain-
I stretch the truth
into clouds

Publication Credits: Blithe Spirit 23.2. 2013

the drum of the rain ghosting bare hands

Publication Credits:  Under the Basho Vol 1.1 Autumn 2013

blue sky rain
the sunshine leaks
from pavements

from White Dust Ghosts – a series of haiku poems

Publication Credits: 
(Tribe issue 22,  2013))

lullaby of rain
another pinch of saffron
in the pumpkin soup

Publication credits: Heron’s Nest (Volume XIV, Number 4 2012 December 2012); The Haiku Calendar 2014 (Snapshot Press, 2013); "The Vast Sky, An International Anthology of Contemporary Haiku" after a quote from Sekito Kisen, "The vast sky is not hindered by the floating clouds." (2013)

Anthology credits:
naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh (India, 2016):

The Wonder Code ed. Scott Mason (2017) ISBN 978-0-692-93035-9 Girasole Press
Chappaqua NY

Award Credit: Editors' Choices, Heron’s Nest (Volume XIV, Number 4: Dec. 2012): Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2013

velum clouds–
through the small hours
this writing in rain

Publications credits: Haiku Novine ISSN 1451-3889 (2012)

toy suns
the winter-dark rain
smashes the city

Publications credits:
Blithe Spirit (vol 23 no. 4 November 2012); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012) ISBN-13: 9781479211043 / ISBN-10: 1479211044

rain on the river–
when does white become
its darkest colour

Publications credits: Haiku News (Vol. 1 No. 38 2012)

drifting rain 
my hundred autumn rooms 
to be alone

Publication Credits: Mainichi Shimbun (2012) ; Best of Mainichi 2012 (2013)

does fish-god know?
rain can fall
from clear blue skies

Publications credits: Blithe Spirit (vol 22 no. 3 2012); Sea Bandits ed. Aubrie Cox (2012); Does Fish-God Know  (Yet To Be Named Free Press 2012)

Award credit: Winner of the Blithe Spirit Cover competition for issue 22/2  (John Parsons cover artwork Autumn 2012)

the names of rain
a blackbird’s subsong
into dusk

Publications credits: Haiku News Vol. 1 No. 35 (2012)

hard-blue sky
the ghost touch of rain
on sloe-eyed horses

Publications credits: Blithe Spirit (Vol 22 No. 3 2012)

rain on the river the jesus star shifting

Publications credits: Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize 2012 Anthology Evening Breeze

bouncing rain
I force the hotel window
a little wider

Publications credits:
Blithe Spirit March 2012; Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

rain clouds
conversations shift around
the train carriage

Publications credits: Mainichi Shimbun (Japan 2011)  
Award Credits: Honourable Mention Best of Mainichi 2011

this delicate rain
the petal makes a typo
of a gravestone date

Publications credits: tinywords, haiku & other small poems ( 2011)

light rain
sharing the evening
with blackbird song

Publications credits: Mainichi Shimbun (Japan 2010)

rain ceases
as I leave the sycamore...
one more kingfisher

Publications credits: Blithe Spirit vol. 14 no. 4 (2004)

late september rain
cutting through the lane
and the mist

Publications credits: in a heron’s eye  (Paper Wasp 2000)

the rain
almost a friend
this funeral

Publications credits: Azami #28 (Japan 1995); Snapshots 4 (1998); First Australian online Anthology (October 1999): Blithe Spirit article On minimalism and other things  DJ Peel Vol 9 No.3 (1999); tempslibre (2001); Cornell University, Mann Library, U.S.A. Poet of the Month (October 2001); The Omnibus Anthology, haiku and senryu  (Hub Editions Hub Haiku series 2001); Hidden (British Haiku Society Anthology 2002); The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002); First Australian Haiku Anthology (2003); Birmingham Words Magazine Issue 3 (Autumn 2004); seven magazine feature: “Three lines of simple beauty”  (2006); tempslibre (2010); Blogging Along Tobacco Road: Alan Summers - Three Questions (2010); Travelogue on World Haiku Festival 2002 , Part 2  (Akita International Haiku Network 2010);  The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change (Modern English Tanka Press 2012); THFhaiku app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch (2011); The In-Between Season (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012)

Award credit:
Highly Commended, Haiku Collection Competition, (Snapshot Press 1998)
Joint 9th Best of Issue, Snapshot Five (1999)

the geraniums
flowering again
just before the rain

Note: Queensland poem

Publications credits: Potpourri Publications (USA 1994); sundog, an australian year, (sunfast press 1997 reprinted 1998)



Rich said...

Lovely moist haiku..
Many thanks,Alan.

Matthew Paul said...

Yes, there's lots to enjoy here - great stuff.

Stella said...

Great haiku, Alan! Thanks for sharing!

Gabri Rigotti said...

Lovely ... enjoyed reading these ...