2019
 
beaten by a neck
the filly’s first ribbons
of whip weals 

Modern Haiku, vol 50.1

 
missed anniversary
my wife and I exchange
vowels

Failed Haiku, issue 37


dust motes
in a shaft of sunlight
we’re losing her

Presence, issue 63


breech birth
the old cowhand
unbuckles his belt

Presence, issue 63

 
ancestry tour
our Nogood Boyo
sleeps through Wales

Presence, issue 63


20 below . . .
talking fish-pepper-soup
with the cab driver

Acorn, issue 42


autumn rain
I heap more dirt
on the shoebox

Modern Haiku, vol. 50.2


bruised wrists
no one catches
the bouquet

Presence, issue 64


border crossing
a searchlight tracks
another tumbleweed

Presence, issue 64


long gone
above grandma’s mantlepiece
flying geese

Presence, issue 64

 
camping safari
waiting for the rain
to make love

A Moment’s Longing, HSA Members’ Anthology

(ed. Tanya McDonald)


final days
we begin to talk
in trochees

Prune Juice, issue 28


biology class
a frog jumps
out of it

Prune Juice, issue 28


engagement dinner
her mom double-knots
the turkey’s legs

Prune Juice, issue 28


heatwave
the oily ripple
of a millipede

The Heron’s Nest, vol.XXI.3


google maps . . .
Siri seems confused
by shit creek

Failed Haiku, issue 43


hospice flowers no matter what there is still life


Failed Haiku, issue 43


hoar frost
the bed of pine needles
still warm

Modern Haiku, vol.50.3

 
Michigan spring
a cloud brightens
then doesn’t

Modern Haiku, vol.50.3


ebb tide
she asks when my libido
will return

Acorn, issue 43


caddis hatch
a moose nudges her calf
into the mist

Seashores, issue 3

 
bitter cold
I crack open the window
for a fruit fly

Seashores, issue 3

 
son’s new house
her father’s initials
in the concrete

The Heron’s Nest, vol.XXI.4

 
first bike
beneath the paint
Dad’s bike

Presence, issue 65


packed pews
through the fire-and-brimstone
auntie’s thighs

Presence, issue 65


rechecking
my inheritance...
180 over 90

Prune Juice, issue 29
also, in wind flowers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2019



stomach cramps
a torn cat claw
in my blankie

Prune Juice, issue 29


old team photo
the random bounce
of a rugby ball

Rugby Haiku Contest, 2nd place
Published: Seashores, no.3

In 2019, I was one of seventeen elected into the New Resonance community of haiku poets. A selection of our work was included in the anthology New Resonance 11—you can see mine here.


Here is a selection of more recent haiku:

lew watts

2020


tracking a deer
in fresh snow . . .
same bladder size

Modern Haiku, vol.51.1


lights out
the slap of elastic
around a diary

Frogpond, vol. 43.1

 
rented thunderbird
the wanton flaps
of a beagle’s ears

The Heron’s Nest, vol. XX1


condo elevator
a mom asks her kid
if I’m the one

Failed Haiku, issue 49

 
against all odds . . .
an unused condom
in the haystack

Failed Haiku, issue 49


morning snow
the footsteps from a grave
size 4

Presence, issue 66


watching her strip
a lamb-rack rib—
wolf moon

Presence, issue 66

 
stormforce wind . . .
creeping across the deck
ripples in the hail

Presence, issue 66


first love
the scags of corn
in my aunt’s teeth

Prune Juice, issue 30


folding napkins
with a maiden aunt
whispered names

Prune Juice, issue 30


no touching in the forest crown shyness

Kingfisher, issue 1


the muffled crunch
of heather under snow—
northern lights

Kingfisher, issue 1

 
scent of moss
stroking the soft belly
of a trout

Kingfisher, issue 1

 
uncoiling
a fiddlehead fern
she asks if I’m married

Acorn, issue 44


serving dessert
the perfect curve
of her mother’s scoop

Bundled Wildflowers, 2020 HSA Members’ Anthology (ed. Bryan Rickert)


3rd birthday
she says the name Granddad
is taken

Failed Haiku, issue 53


granite scree
the ram’s neck sinews
last to rot

Presence, issue 67


learning to whistle
the scout master’s fingers
in my mouth

Presence, issue 67


spring melt
the cat missing sign
missing

Presence, issue 67


white flashes at dawn
where the fireflies were—
dark-eyed juncos

The Haiku Hecameron (Ed, Scott Mason)


two cardinals
deep in the foliage . . .
CNN on mute

Hedgerow, issue 131


late thaw
our widowed neighbour
lowers her mask

Hedgerow, issue 131


kicking the tires
to stay warm—
hearse driver

Modern Haiku, vol. 51.3


yesterday today was tomorrow lockdown

Failed Haiku, issue 56

 
high blood pressure
where is it
when you need it

Failed Haiku, issue 56


three thousand miles, and
this ruby-throated hummingbird
finds me

Frogpond, vol. 43.3


sixth week untouched dandelions flowering

Kingfisher, issue 2


after the wedding
the plain bob minor
of two robins

Kingfisher, issue 2


still no news . . .
waiting at the window
for a second magpie

Kingfisher, issue 2


knitting with my aunt
she says let’s call it
a buttonhole

Acorn, issue 45


who let go of whom . . .
I watch another droplet
drip from the leaf

Presence, issue 68


old whaling station
at low tide
the scent of bones

Presence, issue 68


divorce court garden
willow branches stripped bare
by the flood

Presence, issue 68


open grave
my best friend’s mistress
throws the first dirt

Prune Juice, issue 32


lying
about the blood pressure . . .
silk sheets

Prune Juice, issue 32


repossessed . . .
under the peeling paint
a hand-drawn cross


Prune Juice, issue 32


new puppy
at the old pond
sound of water

Prune Juice, issue 32


squirrel on the feeder
grandpa
off his rocker

The Heron’s Nest, vol. XXII.4