Featured Work from our Editors of LEAF Issue One

Ravi Kiran

two days after
the soldier’s funeral
his last letter

World Haiku Review 2023 Spring Honourable Mention

lifting fog
a wildflower finds
its colours

Commended 12th Polish International Haiku Contest 2022

the plaits
in sync with the ropes
double dutch

Porad Haiku Award 2022 HM

tai-chi park
the synchronised drift
of cherry petals

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2022 Sakura Award

under the feet
of countless pilgrims
smoothened stones

1st Place Bulgarian Gendai 2022

Marion Clarke

Master of the Month, January 2018, NHK World Japan Haiku Masters

Cover Image of Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Issue 35, November 2021

Grand Prize Winner, 11th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo Haiku Contest, 2022

HaikuKatha – A Monthly Journal from Triveni Haikai India, Issue 8, June 2022

Featured on International Page & Stage event, From Opposite Ends of the Earth 3, 10 October, 2022 


final prognosis different clouds on the horizon 

tinywords Issue 16.2, January 2017

deep forest
the dance of a pine branch
after the crow

Honourable Mention, Irish Haiku Society Competition 2021

damp morning
a grey yard
before the robin

Butterfly Dream, 29 November 2014 

crystal moon
I celebrate 
another day

The Haiku Foundation, Haiku of the Day, 30 December 2022

missed bus . . . 
I whistle down the path
of wildflowers

Judges’ Choice Selection, Golden Triangle Haiku Competition, Washington DC, 2023

Thank you for inspiring us LEAF Editors

Ravi Kiran and Marion Clarke


  1. Amanda White says:

    Ravi there is such a poignancy and deft touch here with your selection of featured haiku. They move me deeply and I have found myself returning again and again to each carefully placed line lingering a while in the present moment that you have captured so vividly and the narrative that draws me in to each one. ‘Two days after’ manages to evoke the power of an epic film and each scene plays out until the intense sorrow of that final scene and final words that perfectly accompany the final letter. ‘Tai-chi park’ is also both beautifully visual and philosophically timeless bringing together a brief synchronicity between nature and humans yet also reminding us of our own fragility through the image of the delicate drift of cherry blossom petals. Each person in the park practising their tai-chi touches briefly on a oneness with the world while knowing one day they will leave it replaced perhaps by another set of people practising their tai-chi passing on that legacy. Parks too are a place of tamed nature where humans have intervened and placed their mark but all is in fine balance, wildness waiting at every corner. Tai-chi too offers balance but requires dedication and focus – just like a haiku. So so much to explore here. Within each of your haiku there are delicious pauses where an idea is explored, caught and accompanied by language that ignites our imagination – ‘smoothened’ in your last haiku here really highlights the countless passing of pilgrims, each one bringing their own impact to the ground beneath them, the polishing movement of feet and faith. Thank you Ravi for sharing this amazing work.

  2. Amanda White says:

    Thank you Marion for your exquisite selection of haiga and haiku. The haiga are indeed a masterclass in how to approach this wonderful form where image and haiku meet. ‘Final rays’ is an absolute celebration of both nature and life. YES not just the bees but all of us must have until the last a ‘reason to hum’. Hum is such a delicately quiet yet powerfully onomatopoeiac word that animates the close-up world of that bee busy in its flower head keeping our ecosystem alive so that we can still hum. ‘Watery echoes…’ the featured image for this article is made all the more fantastic by the accompanying painting which you have done yourself highlighting your artistic talent too. The long, thin canal draws us in as does the ellipsis in the first line, the opening credits to the film noir that we are already imagining unfolding as we settle in to the narrative that is somehow familiar yet shadowy and still unknown, a famous setting we may have visited or feel we already know, a story that will offer us unsettling twists and turns… So many levels to this, meta-narratives and themes of story-telling, memories real and imagined, the temporary and commemorated where a film remains long after the making and its impact lingers after the fleeting moment of having watched each scene. I remember reading ‘missed bus’ before and absolutely loving it, that happenstance and serendipity of finding oneself on a magical adventure when the disappointment of what you thought you wanted is transformed. It is such a deeply relatable haiku, yes I am right there at the bus stop feeling the familiar frustration but then gifted that amble through a beautiful lane of flowers, perhaps high summer bursting with scent and colour. There is an unwritten reminder here to enjoy those moments, to slow down and how like writing and reading haiku and haiga that is too, the chance to luxuriate in the moment, to notice those fine details and revel in being alive in a world that is so much better when we take that time. Brava Marion your featured work here is a real delight and inspiration to us all. I think you have brought a real marionesque mark to the haiku world that will endure.

    1. Thank you so much for your insightful reading of my work and these very kind words, Amanda. I truly appreciate it.


      (A marionesque mark? That has to involve paint!😄)

  3. AJ Anwar says:

    It is truly a pleasure reading this page showcasing the work of Leaf Editors Ravi Kiran and Marion Clark. Like many other haiku enthusiasts, I have surely read their haiku/senryu/haiga here and there, well, everywhere, and here, again, I am impressed. Ravi’s ‘synchronicity’ in “tai-chi park” and Marion’s ‘reason to hum’ in “final rays” are so delightful, my best of the best from the above excellent pieces. Well done, Editors, for producing the outstanding Leaf Issue One!

    1. Thank you, AJ. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the issue and ‘final rays’. I can still remember the exact moment it was announced Master of the Month on the NHK World Japan programme—I might as well have won the lottery! 😄


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