The 19TH HIA Haiku Contest

nothing to cling to . . .


paper flowers blooming


in a glass of water

Jin Wada, Akita City


memories of water toy


made of celluloid and tinplate


floating up

Toshiko Wada,Suginami Ward


cicada shell—


the departed soldier’s


Sunday best

Satoru Koshikawa,Isumi County


Shiki’s memorial day—


hating English


loving baseball

Kyôko Shimizu,Nagoya City


dimmed by mist—


the waterfall hasn’t shown


its full height yet

Junko Sakai,Suginami Ward


how thin and clear


over the Himalayas . . .


winter moon

Kazuhiro Kitazawa,Shibuya Ward


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My Heart Soars

The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass

speaks to me.


The summit of the mountains,

The thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea,

speaks to me.


The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop of the flower,

speaks to me.


The strength of the fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.


And my heart soars.


Chief Dan George


Dan George (1899 to 1981) was the chief of the Tsliel-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band in North Vancouver, British Columbia. His birth name is Geswanouth Slahoot. He was an actor, poet, and author. Some of Mr. George’s published books are “My Heart Soars,” “My Spirit Soars,” and “You call Me Chief: Impressions of the Life of Chief Dan George.” He acted in the films: Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Little Big Man (1970).

Seek Wisdom

Those who are wise have lived a lifetime with ears open and willingness to not only experience truth, but to pursue it as well.

Wisdom is gained by:

Listening to your elders.
They have walked a longer path than you.

Seeking all that is true.
Wisdom lies with honesty not deception

Realizing that education is never ending.
Even death is the final lesson.

Learning from mother nature.
Her wisdom is infinite.

The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as white man’s mind, the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery.


Turtleheart, Teton Sioux

From “365 Day of Walking the Red Road: The Native American Path to Leading a Spiritual Life Every Day”

Haiku by Matsuo Basho

Early autumn –

Rice field, ocean,

One green.


Birth of art –

song of rice planters,

chorus from nowhere.


Travel weary,

I seek lodging –

ah, wisteria.


Not one traveler

braves this road –

autumn night.


Journey’s end —

still alive, this

autumn evening.



drunken steersman,

drunken boat.


Matsuo Basho is one of my favorite haiku poets because his poems are well written, witty, humorous, and honest.

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Haiku of Pepa Kondova

Pepa Kondova was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and has an inviting haiku style. She has been a member of the Bulgarian Haiku Club and World Haiku Association (WHA) member. Pepa has been published in Bulgaria, Europe, and World Haiku anthologies.


The human soul:

An innermost book.

Unread it remains


A piece of happiness

With a scent of bread

Coming and passing away


The native home

I see in my dreams

In my longing – the seas



heavenly swings –

a summer festival


Bare trees,

Lonely wanderer:

Drifted silence


On a bicycle

the sun is chasing

the summer day.


White pigeons

on a white square.

Light is everywhere.

Wit and Wisdom

You can learn a lot from Indians. They say you must never disagree with a man while you are facing him. Go around behind him and look at the same way they do; look over his shoulder and get his viewpoint, then go back and face him, and you will have a different idea.

It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human.

Whether your parents are good or bad, that’s not your business, but stick with ’em when they in trouble.

No man is great if he think he is.

Liberty don’t work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

A fool that knows he is a fool, is one that knows he don’t know all about anything. But the fool that don’t know he is a fool, is the one that think she knows all about anything.

A remark generally hurts in proportion to it’s truth

By Will Rogers

Philosopher/comedian (half Cherokee)

Courtesy of Native American Wisdom Jacobs and Gidley

Challenging the Falsehoods of Black Criminality by Jamala Rogers

Every time I hear a black person utter the phrase “black on black” crime and I’m in position to have a conversation, I educate them about the pathology of the term. The phrase is barren of any sociological meaning. Only people of African descent have been made to believe that something is inherently different about the way we commit crimes against one another. It is not.

When black people don’t understand all the elements of criminality, we take on the added burden that it’s our fault and therefore, we are solely responsible for what happens to us or to our communities. We must oppose violence including violence against women while being crystal clear that state violence is very different from violence that erupts within families or among friends.

No one refers to mass murders by the like of Ted Bundy and Adam Lanza as white-on-white crimes. Bundy confessed to killing 30 young, white women but the real number is unknown. Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In fact, there have been about 70 mass shootings since 1982 and 40 of the killers have been white males. I’ve never heard the media refer to these heinous crimes as “white-on-white crimes.”

Any set of crime statistics bears out the fact that most crime is intra-racial meaning the background of the typical victim is close to that of the perpetrator. In a segregated America, it’s easy to predict who a black person will rob or kill. Likewise for a white person.

Most rape victims know their attackers. Most children are sexually abused by someone they know-a family member or family friend. Most murder victims are the same race as their offenders. FBI stats for 2013 show that black homicide victims are killed by black offenders at roughly the same rate that white people kill other white people.

For several years, I have written articles that spoke to the phenomena of decreasing violent crime. Even so-called black-on-black crime has decreased violent crime. Even so-called black-on-black crime has decreased over the last 20 years by nearly 70 percent. Yet you couldn’t tell it by the mainstream media or law enforcement tactics who would have you believe that black people have crime in their DNA.

Crime is sociological, not biological. Factors such as poverty, unemployment, economic inequality and failed educational systems are contributions to crime.

It’s understandable that black people think there’s more crime in their neighbourhoods. That’s because of the concentration of the above factors that collide in compressed black communities. There’s no comfort in knowing that crime is down overall when you hear gun shots or police sirens outside your door on a regular basis.

The myth of the criminality-inclined black man has it’s roots in slavery as the rationale to maintain white dominance and control at all costs. During slavery and Reconstruction when food was withheld and a black man seized a loaf of bread to eat or a black mother liberated medicine for her sick baby, these incidents were not only used to perpetuate the mythology of black criminality but also fuelled laws like Black Codes to justify the continued need for white supremacy. After the annihilation of Black Reconstruction by Plessy vs Ferguson, elements of the Black Codes crept into Jim Crow laws.

Most notable was the use of vagrancy as a crime where black folks could be convicted and sent to work on a plantation as their sentence. Petty crimes such as theft would get you the same punishment. It was an extension of the free labor afforded to whites elites under slavery. The sight of black chain-gangs in the South reinforced the perception of black criminality as did racist movies like “Birth of a Nation.”

Fast forward to 2015. Over two million people are in U.S. prisons, the highest number of any developed country in the world. Black men are over-represented in the Prison Industrial Complex – the genesis of their incarceration can be traced back to disproportionate suspension rates in school, disproportionate interactions with the police, and disproportionate rates of convictions along with harsher and longer sentences. The cycle continues and the perception of dangerous black men becomes to entrenched American reality. The mainstream media is always happy to lend a helping hand in the criminalization of African Americans.

Courtesy of “Ferguson is America” Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers