The Solitary Daisy – Issue 15

Autumn Deepens

autumn deepens sight
reds golds commit to memory
prepare for greys and white
           -Honey Novick
autumn deepens
flower sun face of nature
white butterfly’s cruise
            -David Brydges
maple leaves
gather on the garden path
autumn deepens
            -Michele Rule

pounding rains
autumn deepens now
tacit soil
            -Jenn Ashton
autumn deepens-
woolly socks migrate
to the top of the drawer
            -Sally Quon
wind chimes tickling
the winds whistle and blow wild
safe and warm inside
            -Pam Desjardine

Member News

Congratulations to Michele Rule whose haiku received an Honourable mention in the 2023 Porad Haiku Awards! Here is her award-winning haiku:
spring salmon
the old man dropping lines
from his boat

Sally Quon had a haiku read on The Poetry Pea, another haiku included in The Scarlet Dragonfly Halloween Edition, and her haibun “Wapiti” won third place in the United Haiku and Tanka Society’s 2023 Samurai Haibun Contest. Hurray, Sally!

Congratulations to Isabella Mori for having a haiku in the Haikuniverse Halloween Special!

between life and death
the last leaves
on the maple tree

An Interview with Josephine LoRe

a pearl in this diamond world … 
Josephine LoRe’s poetry has been read on stage and in global zoom-rooms, put to music, danced, integrated into visual art, and published in literary journals and anthologies in fifteen countries and five languages.  Her haiku and tanka have been published in Canada, England, the US, Japan, Wales, and Australia & New Zealand.
Josephine belongs to a number of local and international haiku societies.  In 2020, she was invited to judge the Lougheed House Haiku Competition.  She has taught haiku workshops through the Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Canada and Haiku Down Under in New Zealand and Australia (online).  She has two poetry collections which integrate her photography:  Unity and the Calgary Herald Bestseller The Cowichan Series.

How were you first introduced to haiku?

 I don’t remember the specific time I was first introduced to haiku … elementary school perhaps?  But I do remember reading Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, a book about two Japanese dolls who are adopted into a North American family, and how they wish to have a traditional Japanese house, furniture, clothing … how I learned to appreciate the simple elegance of the Japanese way of life.  That for me is embodied in the concepts of haiku.

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Upcoming Deadlines, Openings, and Readings

Australian Haiku Society

New Sedōka journal – United Haiku and Tanka Society

The United Haiku and Tanka Society is launching a new online journal for Sedōka poetry, Songbirds Sedōka Journal. Submissions are open from 1 November 2023 until 1 December 2023.

Information and Guidelines Here


November Cherry Blossoms: A Haiku Invitational Zoom Reading

November 9, 2023 @ 5:00-6:30 PM (Vancouver Time)

Join us for a captivating evening of haiku and cherry blossoms at the “November Cherry Blossoms: A Haiku Invitational Zoom Reading.” This event brings together the beauty of haiku poetry and the spirit of cherry blossoms in an interactive online gathering.

To receive the Zoom details, please register here in advance.

Please note that the event will be recorded and subsequently made available on the VCBF website and YouTube.

Feel free to invite your friends and haiku enthusiasts from your network! We hope to see you there as we all celebrate the art of poetry and the beauty of nature.


Haiku Canada – BC/Yukon Division

December 17, 1-3 Pacific Time

Invitation to all Haiku Canada members from BC, Yukon, Northwest territories, and Nunavut + all haiku poets from our region (French and English poems).

Please register using the REGISTER button below if you either want to:

– share your poems

– listen to the reading

or send an email to


Modern Haiku – Deadline November 15

Remember, Tsuri Doro closes on November 10

Mayfly Haiku Magazine – Deadline November 15

Enchanted Garden – Deadline November 15

This Week’s Prompt

Write a haiku using the season word “Hunter’s Moon.”

“Write silences as actively as sounds.”

-Robert Creeley
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