Sake with strangers ~ Asahi Haikuist Network (June 30, 2017)

sake with strangers –
he holds my hand
under the table

–Maria Laura Valente (Romagna, Italy)

Asahi Haikuist Network – The Asahi Shimbun – June 30, 2017 – edited by David McMurray.



Spider Lilies ~ Blithe Spirit (September 2017)

my mother’s eyes
the day her mother died–
spider lilies

Maria Laura Valente

Blithe Spirit – Journal of the British Haiku Society, volume 57, number 3, p. 41, September 2017, edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy.

Spider Lilies: kigo of autumn. Scarlet and evocative flowers that usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox. Japanese and Chinese people say that these flowers can be found in the land of the dead, so they use to leave them on the graves during funerals.