The first haiku pea podcast special of 2020. My name is Patricia and this week I will be reading lots of verses, haiku and senryu on the topic of animals. William O’Sullivan suggested the topic and I was going to call it Petku, but at the end of the day I thought that was just too limiting so it’s all about animals instead.

I’m delighted to say that the topic seems to have inspired a great deal of creativity and I’m thrilled to welcome back so many of our regular contributors and to welcome for the first time lots and lots of new poets today. Thank you all for writing and submitting your verses.

2020 marks something new for haiku pea podcast. There’s going to be a printed poetrypea quarterly Journal of haiku and senryu. The journal will contain all the verses that I read out on the podcast but as a bonus there are quite a number of verses that have been created for the topic which will appear only in the journal. In addition to this, I’ll ask a guest editor to choose his or her favourite verse for each topic and to give us an explanation why it was chosen. The results will be found in the journal. Our first guest editor, who will remain anonymous for now, is already making his or her choices.

Previously published

mid morning—
the sleepy cat
calls it a day

Stanford M Forrester

words the dog
knows and doesn’t know
squirrel in the yard

Craig Kittner
The Heron’s Nest volume XXI Number 4 December 2019

Some honourable mentions from the Irish Haiku Society’s haiku competition.

frolicking fox cub
the grass spangled
with morning

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)

soft rime
a chickadee’s song
becomes visible

Debbie Strange (Canada)

Congratulations Marion and Debbie.


**Ljiljana Dobra

a calm pond
the heron swallows the fish
with clouds

From Croatia. Writing is not her main occupation she is an economist but despite that she has published books, her first haiku book, being “Shine of the Butterfly”which has been printed in three languages, one of which is English. She’s been included in a number of collections in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. She has received many awards and honours for her work.
She also writes prose, children’s poetry and is involved in artistic photography.
Ljiljana Dobra is a member of the Croatian Literary Association and a lot of International organisations for international peace, harmony, humanity, friendship, unity and social justice.


**Tomislav Sjekloća

picnic in the meadow
I bring home
the ants

Poet Profile

Tomislav loves animals, trees, walks in mountains, music, movies, books. As sci-fi fan, he wrote his first haiku in 2014 for Serbian Beleg’s Anthology of Sci-Fi haiku Kapija sna. He came back to haiku again in 2018 and decided to stay a while. Since then, his haiku and senryu were published in various international journals, magazines and anthologies: The Asahi Shimbun (Asahi Haikuist Network); Frogpond; Modern Haiku; The Heron’s Nest; Prune Juice; Failed Haiku; ESUJ-H: English Haiku; seashores; The Cicada’s Cry; Otata; Stardust Haiku; cattails; also appeared in 10th and 11th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku Submissions Collections; My Haiku Pond – 4th Annual Haiku for Change Event 2019; Golden Haiku; World Haiku Review; The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue (series What’s at hand, Photo prompts, Poet’s choice, Social Issues); Hog Wild – bicadeideias pig haiku anthology; #FemkuMag (#Me(n)too issue); Beleg’s Sci-fi Haiku Anthology Kapija sna and Sci-fi Haiga Anthology Putokaz vremena; Nekazano.


**Tia Haynes

talk of divorce
from nowhere
a deer

Tia Haynes discovered haiku after the birth of her second child. Dealing with postpartum depression, she turned to poetry and found in haiku a lifeline. She was featured in New Resonance 11: Emerging Voices in Haiku and has been published in a variety of print and online journals. In 2018, she received the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award as well as the Johnny Baranski Memorial Haiku Award and in 2019 won the first North American haibunSLAM. Her chapbook, Leftover Ribbon, is available on Amazon.

Twitter: @adalia_haiku

**Billy Antonio

empty aquarium
my mind returns
to the sea

Billy Antonio is a poet, writer, and public school teacher. He is the author of the chapbooks “where it was” (Clare Songbirds Publishing House,  New York) and “Losing a Balloon” (Alien Buddha Press). Some of his fiction and poetry have been published in journals, magazines (print and online), and anthologies. His poetry has won international recognition.
Links to his chapbooks:

“where it was”
“Losing a Balloon”

**Kristen Lindquist

all the stars
a doe reaches for
another apple

Kristen Lindquist is a naturalist and writer living in the United States on the coast of Maine. Her published works include two books of poetry and an ongoing natural history column in the local paper. She has written a “daily” haiku blog for the past ten years and occasionally teaches haiku workshops.

Book of Days haiku blog
Twitter @mainekestrel

**Hannah Hulbert

Soft fur through crisp leaves
A squirrel’s trove of nuts
Hoarding faith in spring

Hannah Hulbert is a stay-at-home mum from the South coast of England. She fills the gaps between childcare and housework by writing fantasy, dabbling in poetry and drawing. You can find her fiction in the anthologies ‘The Once and Future Moon’ (Eibonvale Press) and ‘Beneath Strange Stars’ (TL;DR Press) and her Twitterature on Twitter,  @hhulbert

Her story ‘Petrichor’
‘The Changing Face of Selene’ 

**Manoj Sharma

rainy day –
a little sparrow lands
at my verandah

Book Recommendation: The Penguin Books of Haiku by Adam L Kern.
Writing haiku gives me an inner peace and a feeling of connectivity with life’s tiny moments.
In my opinion a haiku is said to be a good haiku when it becomes able to bridge the experience of the poet with the understanding of the reader in bare possible words without being descriptive but touching.

Twitter : @SharmaBkag

**Marina Bellini

bright night
the hedgehog comes along
with its offspring

Marina Bellini is a Maths teacher, with a passion for reading, practicing yoga, and caring for her orchids, succulents and carnivorous plants. She lives in the countryside, near Mantua with three Jack Russel and four cats. She founds inspiration in the nature that surrounds her and in daily urban life.

Marina’s Blog

**Ferris Gilli

deep winter
owl calls

Ferris Gilli’s award-winning work has appeared regularly in eminent haiku journals since 1996. Ferris served as an Associate Editor of The Heron’s Nest from December 2000 to August 2018, and currently serves as the journal’s Consulting Editor. Her haiku collection, Shaped by the Wind, was published in 2006 by Snapshot Press. She and her husband live in North Georgia.

**Nicky Gutierrez

in the road

Nicky Gutierrez is currently a student at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. At university, he found haiku and has not turned back. He is a poetry editor for Capital’s literary magazine, Recap, for the last three years. His haiku has been published in the following haiku magazines and journals: Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Stardust Haiku, Failed Haiku, Bones, Under the Bashō, Frameless Sky, and on Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue.

**Dorothy Burrows

on winter’s steep slope
cattle chew
the year’s end

Based in the United Kingdom, Dorothy Burrows finds that walking in the countryside inspires her to write. When on holiday, she regularly composes haiku to capture moments and images from her travels.


**Mark Morris

a cat’s intense stare
unaware how far away
her ancestors are.


Mark Morris is a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK.

He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax.

In addition to above, Mark makes music inspired by haiku poetry, which can be found on Soundcloud 

Unrelated to poetry, he also produces music under the pseudonym Journoiz 

Twitter: Pure Land Haiku (@HaikuPure)

**Pravat Kumar Padhy

a dog gently pushes
the door

Pravat Kumar Padhy hails from Odisha, India. He holds Masters in Science and Technology and a Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. He guest-edited for Per Diem (Celestial Bodies-Monoku), The Haiku Foundation, November Issue, 2019.

His literary work cited in Interviews with Indian Writing in English, Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English, History of Contemporary Indian English Poetry, etc. His Japanese short form of poetry appeared in  World Haiku Review, Lynx, The Notes from the Gean, Ambrosia, Atlas Poetica, Simply Haiku, Kokako, red lights, The Mainichi Daily News, The Heron’s Nest, Asahi Haikuist Network, Modern Haiku, tinywords,  Daily Haiga, Hedgerow, Chrysanthemum, A Hundred Gourds, Cattails, Under the Basho, Acorn, Shamrock, Lilliput Review, Presence, Bottle Rockets, South by Southeast, Skylark, Ribbons, Frogpond, Otato, Haiku Universe, Failed Haiku, Gnarled Oak, Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Wales Haiku Journal, Red Moon Anthology and others.

His haiku won Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Honourable Mention, UNESCO International Year Award of Water Co-operation, The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Award, IAFOR Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, Diogen Spring Haiku Award, 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo Haiku Award, Second International Haiku Contest for the award “Radmila Bogojevic” and others. His haiku is showcased in the exhibition “Haiku Wall”, Historic Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon, USA. His tanka, ‘I mingle’ is featured in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, University of California, Berkeley.  His poem, “How Beautiful” is included in the Undergraduate English Curriculum and he is credited with seven collections of verses including “Cosmic Symphony”- A Haiku Collection.

**Muskaan Ahuja

a long pause in my ku –

Muskaan Ahuja from Chandigarh, India, is a passionate reader and writer of various forms of japanese poetry, especially haiku. She loves to explore the depth as well as the subtle lightness of this art form at leisure. Her works have been published in different renowned journals like Frogpond, UHTS, Failed Haiku, Bottle Rockets among others.

William O’Sullivan

two a.m.
the dog wakes to pee
but first eats the snow

Anam Cara haiku/senryu competition 

Twitter @billmatto

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

the cry
of a seagull
our sail catches the wind

Twitter: @agusmsunjaya

Sarah Bint Yusuf

Seeds on the table
Only the best for our guests
Who sing at first light

Twitter @sarahbintyusuf


longer days–
ever distant
that black dog

Robert Horrobin

christmas eve
a flurry of white
goose feathers

Erin Castaldi

on the wind
a bend of starlings
Northern Lights

Instagram @haiku_gurl
Her book: “ Evensong On The Great Egg “, published by Moonstone Press.

Mineko Takahashi

each with
an individual personality

Instagram sites teaching Japanese Idioms “your_private_japanese_tutor” and “ur_japanese_tutor” which teaches Japanese characters

FB account @yourjapanesetutor which discusses many facets of the language from the viewpoint of a foreign learner.

Christina Chin

avian still life
the great blue heron
waits for food


Blogger – an ongoing scheduled blog of my featured and published haiku.

Alison Breewood

evening phone call
the hedgehog’s path
beneath the blue geraniums

Twitter @AlisonBreewood

Wayne Kingston

nascent degrading…
libertine viper’s tongue forks –
garden sweet samples

Wayne’s third volume of poetry, Pillow Talk Soliloquy, is currently listed on Previous volumes (Eclectic Discernment, Listen Small) are also available, and on Barnes and Noble as well.

Patrick Stephens

Tilling the spring soil
I envy your love of mud

Eavonka Ettinger

Eating from my hand,
our horse’s fuzzy hot breath
nibbles and tickles.

Roberta Beach Jacobson

waking from dream
to birdsong
– simple rebirth

Website: Roberta Beach Jacobson
She has work published in Hog Wild Haiku

Andrew Syor

Family feelings
domesticated or wild
Animals’ nature

Video Blog 

Susan Aassahde

toad breeze
Sunday lunch
kangaroo pear

Twitter @NancyAsgard

Katherine E Winnick

Stalking Africa
A horse with stripes
Galloping wildly

Twitter @thewovenwords

John Hawkhead

autumn sunset
the old fox turns
into leaves

Twitter @HawkheadJohn
John’s book “Small Shadows” available at Alba Publishing

Professor R K Singh

a butterfly rests
on the butterfly tattoo
on her sunning back

Professor R K Singh’s blogs

Latest book:

GOD TOO AWAITS LIGHT (tanka and haiku, September 2017, published by Cholla Needles, Joshua Tree, California)

GROWING WITHIN (regular poems, tanka and haiku, with translation into Romanian, published  by Anticus Press, Constanta, Romania, December 2017).

James Young

over the dead seal
the child’s tears shine
in the wind

Twitter: @BaitTheLines

medical website 




Marilyn Ward

new life
their forms unfold
origami frogs

Art Fredeen

trail maintenance –
a red toqued woodpecker
chipping a spruce

Twitter @ArtFredeen

Isabella Kramer

the old trout and me – escape together

Twitter @IVeredit
Instagram @isabella.kramer_veredit

Peter Draper

magpie takes
the zebra crossing –
black and white and…


Giddy Nielsen Sweep

he struggles
to the top of the gum
the robust lizard

Debbie Strange

prairie hill
a mule deer walks
over the sun

Her publication and award archive  which also includes reviews of her books and hundreds of haiga and tanka art.
Twitter @Debbie_Strange
Instagram @debbiemstrange

Tracy Davidson

tree frog
does it ever wonder
where all the trees have gone

Twitter: @tracydavidson27
Instagram: @tracydavidson27

Marion Clarke

writer’s block
a young fox runs into
my haiku


Facebook: marion.clarke.7
Blog “Creative Reflections” featuring her art and writing
Twitter @MarionSClarke

Constance Bourg

at sunrise
first song trembling in
the chill air


Jay Friedenberg

park fountain
a red koi nibbles
on a sunken crabapple

Poems From the Front: A Haiku History of the Second World War


white horse
the sun at half
past two

Instagram “3_liner

Isabel Caves

idle waters
the riverbank blinks
its crocodile eyes


Craig Kittner

days of not seeing
the old man’s dog
now a puppy

Craig’s book “Time’s Sweet Savor Poetry

Evelyn Quek

old cat naps
smell of fox
on his fur

Richard Bailly

crouching tiger
hidden dragon
beneath my bed

Jonathan Roman

day at the zoo
animals on either side
of the glass

His book Deeper Into Winter. It’s a collection of haiku, haiga, and haibun written in and about Iceland.
Twitter and Instagram: @deft_notes

m shane pruett

a hint of summer
in the falling snow
red bird

Twitter @HaikuMyBrew

wendy c bialek

taking off my glasses
the dogs become
puppies again

Hemapriya Chellappan

science class
the butterfly

Twitter: @Hemapriya17
Instagram: @hematheone

Dan Burt

old pond…
listening for the plop
of frogs

Kim Russell

scars and memories
etched into a wrinkly map
elephant grey

The Emma Press: Anthology of Aunts and Second Place Rosette.
The dVerse Poets anthology, Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light
Twitter: @kim88110

s zeilenga

new snow shovel
my daughter wonders where
the ducklings are

Twitter @ruralitalics

David Oates

all at once
a deer in the road
and a Pokemon

Twitter: @witnwords1
David’s book “The Deer’s Bandana” at Brick Road Poetry Press

Lovette Carter

bear bones
the lazy way
snow falls


I realise that some, if not all the verses could be read in slightly different ways. I’ve read a version that I like, but, of course, you may prefer a different emphasis.

If you have a minute, do you think you could go to where ever you listen to the podcast and leave a comment? It would be very much appreciated to get the word out there that there is this incredible bunch of people who love haiku and are so kind and respectful to one another.


Next topic is “Love” deadline on the 1st Feb 2020.

**Poets new to the podcast

Series 3 Episode 2: Haiku all about Animals

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