spice in the air

unknown languages

hot red floor                                                     by Elsie Wall (aged 10 )

The above haiku by Elsie Wall won second prize in the children’s category of the Mainichi International Haiku Competition 2016.



flamenco dancer

yanks tissues from her cleavage

sweating cobs                                               by Miriam Sulhunt


enough pruning

through a gap in the hedge

neighbours waving                                       by Miriam Sulhunt


summer breeze

only his feathers ruffled

heron fishing                                                  by Miriam Sulhunt



like a silver necklace

slug tracks on the mat                                 by Miriam Sulhunt


newly grown leaves

border my kitchen window

cucumber plants                                               by Miriam Sulhunt


a well trodden path

under the cherry trees

now in leaf                                                        by Miriam Sulhunt



on a hot pebbly beach

bright orange rock                                            by Miriam Sulhunt



maestro raises his baton

glorious release                                                  by Miriam Sulhunt


colours in the sky

sound waves reverberate

Red Arrows                                                          by Miriam Sulhunt


an idea

hanging on a trapeze

circus spider                                                       by Miriam Sulhunt


last in the pool

once more round

insects in the water                                          by Elaine Charwat


fitful rain

pen resting on paper

black ink spill                                                    by Elaine Charwat


shearing a sheep

feeling refreshed

the future beckons                                           by Mayu Hamazaki


following you

through the elm copse

cherry stained lips                                           by John Wall


summer morning

beneath the hawk

barley waves                                                   by John Wall


the longest day

after the storm

birdsong                                                           by John Wall



bedded in deep grass

peach flesh                                                       by John Wall


above the haar

the sun lion blazes

trembling blossom                                        by John Wall


weaving through

the departing suitcases

homeward                                                       by John Wall



to the empty hills

the cool breeze                                               by Patrick Dunne


just now

on every tree

green                                                                by Patrick Dunne


sudden blooms

and mackerel shoals

festival season                                              by Patrick Dunne


summer rain

streaming down her face

hay fever                                                        by Patrick Dunne


sweat down my cleavage

the pedicurist breaks out

the big cheese grater                                  by Becky Dwyer



of the sunflowers

the bus stop                                                   by Becky Dwyer


a new job

snail eaten dahlia’s

second bloom                                                 by Becky Dwyer


home from work

starling fledglings

still begging to be fed                                    by Becky Dwyer


setting sun

how long

since the bin man’s been                             by Becky Dwyer


a perfect web

while at yoga

the wing mirror spider

repaired its web                                         by Becky Dwyer



broom pods release

showers of seeds                                       by Gillian Dawson


moon river meandering snail                by Gillian Dawson


nettle patch

somewhere a Corncrake

grates the moon                                         by Chris Jupp


no air con –

stylus in the groove

Kind of Blue                                                by Chris Jupp


your operation over

on a summer night

thunder in the distance                           by Catherine Urquhart