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Thursday, July 07, 2016

crows, corvids, the caretakers of the world, and other crow haiku

lightning tree crow©Alan Summers 2016

crow haiku by Alan Summers

secret garden
a clue to everything
lies with the crows

Publication Credit: 
Mainichi Shimbun (Japan) Thursday  July 7th 2016

fresh breeze mixing up the crows with T-shirts


intermittent rain I shed another crow 

Publication Credits: Frogpond autumn 2013 issue (36:3)

mist haze-
a crow cleans its beak
on a rooftop aerial

Publications credits: Azami 38 (Japan 1996)

senko incense-
twig-carrying crows
after the floods

Publication Credit: Scope vol. 60 no. 3 (FAWQ  magazine April 2014)

floating snowflakes -
the triple caw of a crow
within the tree

Publications credits: Mainichi Shimbun (Japan, 2008)

slow-drifting clouds
out of the lebanon cedar
a discussion of crows

Publication Credit: 
the Icebox inbox – 33 (Hail Haiku Group, Japan, October 2014)

powdered snow -
a crow’s eyes above
the no parking sign

Award credit: 
Joint Winner, Haiku International Association 10th Anniversary Haiku Contest 1999

Publications credits: The Mie Times, Japan (1999); Haiku International magazine (Japan 1999); Watermark: A Poet’s Notebook - Crows (2004); The In-Between Season (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

night crows
the haystacks lose
their moonlight

Publication Credit:   Wild Plum 1:1 (Spring & Summer 2015)
Anthology Credits:     
Behind the Tree Line (2015 haiku anthology) ed. Gabriel Sawicki
Haiku 2016 ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga
Modern Haiku Press, 2016
100 notable haiku from 2015 selected by the editors of the award-winning

dark news
the comfort
of crows

Publication Credit: tinywords 15.1 (March 31st 2015)

The story behind the story:

nouvelles sombres
le r├ęconfort
des corneilles
French trans. Serge Tome

invisible crow
the lebanon tree utters
a call of three caws

Award Credit: 
Honourable Mention, Only One Kagoshima Tree Haiku Contest (Japan 2015)

wheat fields…
some of the crows change
their colours

Publication Credit: Blithe Spirit 26.1 (March 2016)
Anthology credit: EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2016 Foodcrop Haiku 

the jack of all moons 
rising rising 

Publication Credit: Scope Vol 62 No 1 (The magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Qld) Inc February 2016)

a scent of leaves 
in the crow call 

Publication Credit: Scope Vol 62 No 1 (The magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Qld) Inc February 2016)

noun: The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

moonlighting crows in other colors
Publication Credit: Frogpond (39:1) Winter Issue

With Words student MW (USA) said:
“Crows, the original shape shifters.  Masters of illusion.  The crow wears many faces but I have never thought about a change in color - brilliant!"

With Words student MW (USA) said:
" 'moonlighting' is perfect, but one of the strongest words in the poem is "other"- I just feel it...You are a poet of poets!”

day moon
a crow slices
half of it

Publication credit:
moongarlic issue 5 November 2015

“Your haiku (etc) are the most diverse of any poet I have ever read - from classical to ultra-modern - your work feels both universal and new - you push the boundaries…” 
Paraphrased from a longer piece by With Words student MW (published poet).

lightning crow©Alan Summers 2016