A red flower with leaves

      Dahlia’s last stand (Photo -Kathabela Wilson)


      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      not yet blooming
      a disappointment
      of hydrangeas

      after the storm
      more fallen blood-red

      under the cherry tree
      my toes

      ~ Kathabela

      Ο Ο Ο

      wood and bushes and mountains

      “Ferndale Strawberry” oil on board by Robert Stewart

      Kimberly Esser

      my thoughts
      at the end of the pier
      what the wind can’t touch

      after the storm
      an apology
      of wildflowers

      morning fog
      deep in the arroyo

      Ο Ο Ο

      painting of smiling sun and flower

      “Finally” watercolor by Peggy Castro, 2022

      Peggy Castro

      dandelion breeze
      a thousand wishes
      scattered in the wind

      the healing chaos
      of flowers

      the last iris
      I can still
      feel joy

      Ο Ο Ο

      a flower in a desert

      “Flower shadow” oil on Board by Robert Stewart

      Deborah P Kolodji

      lost in the desert
      the August moon
      fills up the sky

      green storm
      a gong echoes
      as it stills

      the collected light
      of a multi-mirror telescope
      my daughter’s eyes

      space walk
      the blues
      of our planet

      silent canon
      at Gettysburg


      bursts of color

      “Summertime dreams” watercolor by Peggy Castro, 2022

      What the Wind Can’t Touch: Notes and Credits

      not yet blooming happened in “A Sonic Boom of Stars”, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2020; after the storm can be found in “shell gathering” Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2009; pink occurred ion “an Island of egrets”‘Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2010.

      Kimberly Esser lives in Los Angeles, and has been a member of Pasadena based Southern California Haiku Study Group for many years. my thoughts was the title poem for What the Wind Can’t Touch, “Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology”, 2016. after the storm was the title poem for “An Apology of Wildflowers, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2014. morning fog was the title poem for “deep in the arroyo”, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2012.

      Peggy Castro, a long time member of the Southern California Haiku Study Group in Pasadena, now lives in Tacoma Washington, with her youngest daughter. dandelion breeze was the title poem for “dandelion breeze” Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2013. spring arrived with “the gentle sway of bamboo” Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2021. the last iris first bloomed in “Eclipse Moon”, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2017.

      Deborah P Kolodji, of Temple City, is the long-time moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, and the love and energy behind the group’s wide ranging studies and yearly anthologies, each edited by a different member or members. The group, which had its home for some years at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, now continues through the pandemic, to meet on the third Saturday of each month, on Zoom. The group always honors its founder, Jerry Ball, who started the group in 1997. He passed away in 2019. lost in the desert, green storm, and the collected light all appeared in the “Rattle of Bamboo”, Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2007. space walk and silent canon are from Deborah’s book “highway of sleeping towns”, published by Shabda Press 2016, available on Amazon.

      The Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, 2022 is in preparation and is forthcoming this year.

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      Suggest your own theme. or write Kathabela for a theme suggestion. We publish every two weeks. Send short poems, free verse, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita, haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kathabela by text message or (click here to email her directly). We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, with comments on your theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, or friends.
      3. Put your poems directly in the email.
      4. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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