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haiku
by Patricia McGoldrick

seventeenth year
marks a pivotal moment
teen springs to summer

 2017 Patricia McGoldrick

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: My yearbook photo, Grade 12.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My Seventeeth Summer! When I turned 17, all was well with the world — for half of the year, that is! I was in Grade 11, with school going well, lots of fun with friends and, overall, a good time, until a fateful day in June. Just after classes ended, summer vacation was starting, an unfamiliar car drove into the laneway on my parents’ farm. Two “suits” got out and proceeded to turn my world upside down. Apparently, according to this principal and vice principal duo from a local school, boundaries had changed, My younger sister and I would be required to switch to a different high school in the new school year, starting Grades 10 and 12, respectively. This momentous change was mandated in the 70s, prior to the Internet, cell phones, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. For us, in rural Ontario, Canada, even landline phones were regulated to a short calling distance. All of our friends would be considered in the long-distance range! My seventeenth summer dragged on until the day after Labour Day when my sister and I entered the enormous new school. With fear and trepidation, somehow we found our homeroom lists in the gym, and turned to walk in different directions towards the future. By the end of the first week, I am happy to share that my sister and I had learned the lay of the land in the gigantic new school setting and made a lot of new friends. Not sure, but this life event might have been the reason for my adopting”The Road Not Taken” as my favourite poem. Ironically, long after my seventeenth summer, I met a man from Montreal (future husband) whose yearbook bio listed a life-inspiring quote from a certain American poet’s Road poem. Guess who!

© 2017 Patricia McGoldrick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Patricia McGoldrick is a Kitchener, Ontario, Canada poet/writer who is inspired by the everyday. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the League of Canadian Poets. Recent publications include poems at this link, the Silver Birch Press “My Prized Possession” Series, an essay titled “Secrets and Clues and Mysteries, Oh My!” in The Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016), and a poem entitled “Simple Is Best” at Red Wolf Journal.

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haiku
by Patricia McGoldrick

green jardinière
molded with plant motifs
Victorian gem

© 2016 by Patricia McGoldrick

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This plant holder, jardinière, has passed though several generations. It is a precious link to my mother’s ancestors who came from Ireland over a century ago. It has survived through travels, moving, and many children’s growing years! I treasure this piece from the past, truly a prized possession!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patricia McGoldrick is a Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, poet and writer, inspired by the everyday. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the League of Canadian Poets. Recent publications include the poems “Limerick on Laundry” and “haiku on home” in Verse Afire print issues; online titles are posted at commuterlit.com and in Red Wolf Journal you’ll find her poem “Urban Upcycling.” Visit her website or find her Twitter @pmgoldrick27.

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haiku
by Elizabeth Alford

footprints in the sand—
my old friend the ocean
waves hello

SOURCE: First published at Haikuniverse on April 1, 2016.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
AlfordElizabeth Alford is a magna cum laude graduate of California State University, East Bay (B.A. English, 2014). She currently lives in Hayward, California, is an amateur photographer, and spends much of her time writing Japanese short forms. Her work has recently appeared at Silver Birch Press, Hedgerow, and Failed Haiku and is forthcoming in The Bamboo Hut. Follow her poetry adventures on Facebook.

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Driving haiku
by Kelley White

White knuckled, Mother
grips the door handle—teaching
me, sixteen, to drive.

SOURCE: This poem in a slightly different form first appeared at HaikuHut.com in 2012.

PHOTO: “Sandy road” by alleks, used by permission (text added).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural
 New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals, including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle, and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books). She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.

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Birthday Haiku
by Mark Hudson

In an old photo, long-lost cousins
help me blow out birthday candles

PHOTO: The author on his birthday with his long-lost cousins Missy and Maria.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Sweet suite, what a great idea! The concept motivated me to look through old photos and encouraged me to take some of these old photos (early 1970s, childhood) and scan them to disc for archival purposes. I lost track of my cousins Missy and Maria when my uncle and aunt got divorced.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Hudson is a published poet, both on-line and in print. On-line, the best place to read his work is at Illinoispoets.org. or Illinois State poetry society. His work has been most often anthologized in Grey Wolfe publications in Michigan, not to be confused with Graywolfe publications. He has also had science fiction poems appear in Handshake, an irregular Science Fiction Newsletter in England, which encouraged the founder of Metverse Muse, in India, to write for her publication, which also led to publishing animal poems in a Cyprus anthology called Creature Features. He hopes to keep finding old photos to write prompts about, and enjoyed this prompt as an idea.

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Matcha-cha
by Kerfe Roig

sweet sugar. mix
one at a time. Combine un
til cool completely.

Collage illustration by Kerfe Roig.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My daughter loves to bake, and I altered her altered recipe for green tea cupcakes from allrecipes.com with a haiku and a joyful dance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig writes poems for art and makes art for poems. Sometimes the recipe includes both. You can follow her process at  methodtwomadness.wordpress.com, the blog she has with her friend Nina.

Self-portrait drawing by Kerfe Roig. 

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amsterdam vices haiku
by Tricia Marcella Cimera

amsterdam whipped cream —

better than red light roxannes

or coffee shop scene

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Sumptuous, sweet whipped cream with the author’s morning hot chocolate, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (November 2010).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tricia Marcella Cimera
is an obsessed reader and lover of words. Her work has appeared in diverse places such as Silver Birch Press, Reverie Fair, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Prairie Light Review and is forthcoming in Stepping Stones. She volunteers, believes strongly in the ideology of Think Globally, Act Locally, and wants you to Support Local Art because it’s important. Also, kindness matters. She lives with her husband and family of animals in St. Charles, Illinois, and is a member of the Waterline Writers community in sister-city Batavia.

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Staycation
by Roberta Beary

my son and i
counting fireflies
counting stars

Publication credit (without title): The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, 2007).

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: My June 2013 pilgrimage to the Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: As a single parent working full time, vacations were scarce. We made our own whenever I could grab time away from the office. This poem describes the end of a perfect staycation with my son in the summer of 1997. I keep this image close to my heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roberta Beary‘s book The Unworn Necklace was named a William Carlos Williams Finalist by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, the first such honor for a book of haiku. A frequent judge of haiku and haibun contests, she travels worldwide to give workshops on the art of the short poem. She is an editor of Modern Haiku and a founding associate of The Haiku Foundation. Her most recent book Deflection is a collection of haibun and haiku sequences. She tweets her photoku @shortpoemz.

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SELF-PORTRAIT HAIKU
by Adelle Foley

An infectious smile
Tapping out daily Haiku
Pretty good figure

IMAGE: “Mona Lisa” by Dean Russo. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adelle Foley is a retirement administrator, an arts activist, and a writer of haiku. Her column, “High Street Neighborhood News,” appears monthly in The MacArthur Metro. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, in textbooks, and in Columbia University Press’s internet database, the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry. Along the Bloodline is her first book-length collection. Beat poet Michael McClure writes, “Adelle Foley’s haikus show us humanity. Their vitality and imagination shine from her compassion; from seeing things as they truly are.” Visit her online at jack-adellefoley.com.

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HALF NEW YEAR HAIKU
by Adelle Foley

Sun high in the sky
Light long into the evening
Halfway through the year

IMAGE: “Cranes and New Year Sun” by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adelle Foley is a retirement administrator, an arts activist, and a writer of haiku. Her column, “High Street Neighborhood News,” appears monthly in The MacArthur Metro. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, in textbooks, and in Columbia University Press’s internet database, the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry. Along the Bloodline is her first book-length collection. Beat poet Michael McClure writes, “Adelle Foley’s haikus show us humanity. Their vitality and imagination shine from her compassion; from seeing things as they truly are.” Visit her online at jack-adellefoley.com.