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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4


Joyce Maxner

coming home
to a leafy tree the glow
of a goldfinch
where once there was no tree
or leaves for refuge


early evening sky
reflecting on the water
darting dragonflies
being here is pure delight
no self . . . no when or whither


nearly summer
dandelions release themselves
to the wind
why fear becoming less
as we become more?


autumn mist
in my hands the clay rises
on the wheel
a teacup pours this poem
from the heart


walking meditation
a fawn appears and stares
across the twilight grass
suddenly to understand
we are not alone


high winds
running across the road
fallen leaves
chasing the red and gold
of a pheasant


in that woman's heart
bravely made
a winter garden
where broken dreams come to rest
with snow on Buddha's lap

previously published:
World Haiku Review, Volume 5, Issue 1


name Joyce Maxner is a native of the Massachusetts seacoast north of Boston, and has been a resident of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the last 30 years. Her educational and professional experience includes Centenary Junior College, Harvard University School of Extension Studies, College of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University. She is now retired and living in Pennsylvania.

She has had careers in advertising, in both radio and newspaper journalism, and in juvenile justice and family therapy.

In her early teens, she began composing short poems including haiku, and she continued writing haiku and other poetry forms over the years. She has published two well known children's books in narrative verse, Nicholas Cricket, with illustrations by William Joyce (Harper Collins, 1989) and Lady Bugatti, illustrations by Kevin Hawkes (Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1991).

She is a member of various Internet haiku groups, notably WHChaikumultimedia, where she has served as 'haiku coach' and has earned the deep respect of all the list's members for her insightful critiques.

A collection of her haiku was published in Simply Haiku, May/June 2004, v2n3.