All Souls'...
a wasp returns
to the lintel

—Helen Buckingham

First published in "The Heron's Nest" vol.VIII, no.1, March 2006.

About the author: Born in London, 1960. Now lives in Bristol in the south-west of England. Her haiku have appeared in Acorn, Frogpond, Mainichi Daily News, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Roadrunner, Snapshots and The Heron's Nest among others, and last year featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press). Her work has been placed in a number of competitions including, most recently: The Basho Festival Award and The Snapshot Press Calendar Competition.

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Responses to the haiku for 1 November 2006 by Helen Buckingham

    Bill Kenney
    2006-11-01 15:22:03

    A haunting image and jux, Helen

    Alan Summers
    2006-11-02 02:33:12

    I'll read this one in your honour at Poetry Can lunchtime can openers today!

    I don't know if you can get down but it's at the Central Library, and starts at noon!

    Your wasp haiku reminds me of mine as well:

    an attic window sill
    a wasp curls
    into its own dust

    First Australian Haiku Anthology  ISBN 0 9577925 9 X  
    Yomiuri Shimbun (newspaper), Japan, Sept 2002

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-11-06 19:15:38

    stripped yellow
    wasp, round the door
    halloween garland

    wayne fenton
    2006-12-19 16:12:45

    The fallen angel
    Beats his wings together
    til pinned by you.

    2009-11-27 20:53:20

    spring day in autumn*
    red hen scratching rustling leaves--
    biddies wanderlust

    thanks issa(spring day in winter)