Once Upon a Time

Michael Dylan Welch and Scott Mason, editors. Last part of Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, which collects poems from all previous HNA anthologies (the following poems are selections from the 2015 section). Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2015, 418 pages, ISBN 978-1-878798-37-4. This section: 94 poets (one poem each). See Press Here for ordering information and links to the introduction and contributor list.

The 2015 Haiku North America conference took place 14–18 October 2015, amid autumn colours at Union College in Schenectady, New York. The 2015 anthology collected poems from all previous HNA conference anthologies, encompassing more than one thousand poems, with a new section featuring poems by 2015 attendees. From this new section’s introduction: “Haiku North America celebrates its twenty-fifth year with a focus on haiku in education. Perhaps we who write haiku are always perpetual learners, our eyes always wide with wonder at the world around us, at what we can record and share through haiku poetry. And perhaps every haiku is a way of starting a story . . . once upon a time.”

All excuses spent,
I tell my wife
about my alien abduction.

            Alan Pizzarelli
            Bloomfield, New Jersey

rooftop restaurant
a crow drinks up clouds
from an empty table

            Angelee Deodhar
            Chandigarh, India

the entomologist buys the roses
with aphids

            Anita Krumins
            Toronto, Ontario

cherry blossoms
she tries on her first
wedding ring

            Aubrie Cox
            Knoxville, Tennessee

slow dancing
I pretend
I remember

            Bill Kenney
            Whitestone, New York

I think I’ll build a hut
right here
with these words

            Bill Porter / Red Pine
            Port Townsend, Washington


            Bruce H. Feingold
            Berkeley, California

going rogue
I count
my syllables

            Carlos Colón
            Shreveport, Louisiana

akikaze ni ukiyo no chiri o haraikeri

            Tagami Kikusha

dust of an uncertain world
brushed away
by the autumn wind

            Cheryl Crowley, translator
            Atlanta, Georgia

taps . . .
all we could say
now said

            Deborah P Kolodji
            Temple City, California

sound of a stream
in the wind
poplar leaves

            Hilary Tann
            Schuylerville, New York

tall window
of a ruined church—
the glory of lichens

            Ion Codrescu
            Constanta, Romania

rivergum walk
magpies warble
at morning recess

            Jennifer Sutherland
            Viewbank, Australia

the vast west
railroad cars decouple
in the dark

            Jim Kacian
            Winchester, Virginia

a summer night
dabbling in rain

            John Stevenson
            Nassau, New York

a nun’s collection
of nesting glass hens
late-autumn sun

            Joyce Clement
            Bristol, Connecticut

temple redone
Kali’s tongue
not so red

            Kala Ramesh
            Pune, India

Hiroshima Day
shakuhachi cracks
at every node

            Kath Abela Wilson
            Pasadena, California

Valentine’s Day
park pigeons settle on

            Kathe L. Palka
            Flemington, New Jersey

the one I love
sitting out back
with the feral cats

            Lee Gurga
            Lincoln, Illinois

polished wood shelf
the book collection

            Leena Luther
            Albany, New York

spring cabbages

            Makoto Nakanishi
            Matsuyama, Japan

each snowflake
apparently different

            Marco Fraticelli
            Pointe Claire, Québec

positive . . .
magnolia buds
browned by frost

            Marietta Jane McGregor
            Canberra, Australia

abandoned quarry
standing at the bottom
an inukshuk

            Maxianne Berger
            Outremont, Québec

autumn dusk
the Van Gogh
in the sunflowers

            Meik Blöttenberger
            Hanover, Pennsylvania

first frost
a retelling
of the fable

            Melissa Allen
            Madison, Wisconsin

pumpkin weigh-in . . .
the judge’s motion
to lift off hands

            Michael Dylan Welch
            Sammamish, Washington

big shot
three olives
in his martini

            Michael Ketchek
            Rochester, New York

trail map
you are here
and now

            Michele Root-Bernstein
            East Lansing, Michigan

they abandon
their selfie sticks

            Pamela Cooper
            Montréal, Québec

iced tea with lemon
an undeclared contest
for best grandmother

            Patrick Gallagher
            Pacific Grove, California

a coyote disappears
down the deer track
burst milkweed pods

            paul m.
            Bristol, Rhode Island

mother’s pastry brush—
stiff bristles bending
more each year

            Penny Harter
            Mays Landing, New Jersey

morning walk
how the gulls have grown
to ignore me

            Peter Newton
            Winchendon, Massachusetts

winter’s bone the smell of sushi

            Philip Rowland
            Tokyo, Japan

kayak conversation
the blue heron
hears enough

            Randy M. Brooks
            Taylorville, Illinois

autumn arrives
cool breeze stretches
the harbor’s mooring lines

            Richard Schnell
            Keeseville, New York

at the top
of the ferris wheel
mary jane

            Roberta Beary
            Bethesda, Maryland

home early
I explain my lay-off
to the dog

            Robert Forsythe
            Annandale, Virginia

shoes off, coat in tray
belt removed, pockets emptied
I feel so secure

            Robert Lundy
            Del Mar, California

conch to my ear sonic boom

            Scott Mason
            Chappaqua, New York

tangled lives—
i square the placemat
with the table

            Sondra Byrnes
            Santa Fe, New Mexico

Year of the Sheep—
another month
wanders off

            Stanford M. Forrester
            Windsor, Connecticut

late apology—
the parted beak
of a carved bird

            Susan Antolin
            Walnut Creek, California

mall Santa—
when I sit on his lap
he ho ho ho’s

            Susan Burch
            Hagerstown, Maryland

old poet’s reading
each book dedicated
to a new woman

            Terry Ann Carter
            Victoria, British Columbia

once upon a time
on grandma’s porch
the world

            Tom Clausen
            Ithaca, New York

morning meditation
hummingbird visits
the prayer flags

            Zoanne Schnell
            Keeseville, New York