Old Fireplace ~ Akitsu Quarterly (Winter Issue, 2017)

old fireplace –
the warmth of our voices

vecchio camino –
nel cuore dell’inverno
calde parole

Maria Laura Valente

Akitsu Quarterly (Winter Issue, 2017) – edited by Robin White – USA



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.