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

in the distance

*Published in the September 2018 issue of Stardust Haiku

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

no more grey
I finally call it

life after trauma
even the tulips
cry obscenities 

*Published in #FemkuMag Issue Four

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

sunflower bed
about stardust

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

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

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

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)