Friday, January 11, 2019

Step Zero

I buy a six-pack and blow through them. It's all right, I tell myself. I don't do this every day. Just a few times each week.

media spin
no one hears
the city burn

*Published in the January 2019 edition of Seedpods
**Honorable Mention in the UHTS Samurai Haibun Contest 2018

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

I promise

if you look
even closer

I am
more beautiful
than these scars

*Published in Snow Ghosts (The Cherita book 21)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

frost encases
each blade of grass
this belief
of not being enough
for you or myself

*Published in Issue #19 of Moonbathing
*Winner of the Editor’s Choice Award

Monday, December 24, 2018

sun after snow
may I never forget
your grace

*Published in the December 2018 issue of Stardust Haiku

Friday, December 14, 2018

splitting atoms
this magenta
behind words

*Selected for The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem 12/14/18

Monday, December 3, 2018

dry mouth

on this night
with no moon

is this how
our vows turn into
broken promises?

*Published in The Stories (The Cherita Book 20)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

find me

in the space
between breaths

between this world
and the one
you cannot see

*

after the divorce

naked became
mother's normal

so desperate for attention
she demanded it
from her children

*

to one, I am meek
to another, aggressive
my hands
are cut and tired
from holding your mirror

*Published in Atlas Poetica 32

Friday, October 19, 2018

falling petals
slowly I embrace
my aging body 

*Sakura Award recipient in the 2018 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festial Haiku Invitational

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

fireworks
in the distance
serenity

*Published in the September 2018 issue of Stardust Haiku

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

no more grey
I finally call it
rape

life after trauma
even the tulips
cry obscenities 

*Published in #FemkuMag Issue Four

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

sunflower bed
dreaming
about stardust

*Published in A Sense of Place: Meadow/Field - Sight on The Haiku Foundation’s website

Friday, September 14, 2018

remembering
our first kiss
mountain's breath

*Published in A Sense of Place: Mountain - Touch on The Haiku Foundation's website

Saturday, September 8, 2018

bare branches
what the cancer
left behind

supernova
mother leaves
her body

*Published in Wales Haiku Journal, summer 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

red velvet
a little mountain mist
on my tongue

*Published in A Sense of Place: Mountain - Taste on The Haiku Foundation’s website

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

mountainside joyride
just me
and the scent of ahh

*Published in A Sense of Place: Mountain - Smell on The Haiku Foundation’s website

Monday, August 27, 2018

evening prayer
one by one
stars appear

*Published in the August 2018 issue of Stardust Haiku

Sunday, August 26, 2018

thunder rattles
each window pane
you ask
when I learned
to fight back

*Published in Stacking Stones: An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences. The above is my contribution to a sequence titled "Becoming" in collaboration with Christina Sng, Jessica Malone Latham, Josie Hibbing, Mary Hohlman, and Susan Burch. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

mountaintop
all I hear
is your breath

*Published in A Sense of Place: Mountain - Hearing on The Haiku Foundation's website

Monday, August 20, 2018

fatherly advice
he tells me to read
Story of O

missing mom
I become
his wife

*Published in #FemkuMag Issue Three

Monday, August 13, 2018

frilly things

you always liked
the pink one

but I ask you
to take me
as I am

*

four years later

her ashes sit
in my closet

now covered
with the same dust
as her bones

*Published in Not a Memory, Exactly (The Cherita book 15)