BP: Failed Haiku # 65

One of the haiku journals this pedometer geek poet submits to on a semi-regular basis, when I remember, that is, is Failed Haiku, edited by Mike Rehling and Bryan Rickert.

In April, this poet submitted once again, but because of some email issues, my submission kept bouncing back as undeliverable. Thanks to Mike, he accepted my submission once the issue was resolved. Not only did he accept my submission, but he and Bryan accepted five of my senryu after the email went through.

The May 1, 2021 issue is jam-packed with haiku, haibun, haiga, and senryu, all 240 pages worth, from haiku poets from around the world. I am extremely grateful to be included. My haiku and/or senryu (to be honest, I still haven’t quite figured the difference out between the two forms yet, but I digress) are as follows:


the length of my hair

now code red



will our grand-kids

know us


dream catcher…

her bed torn apart

by arachnophobia



her son’s voice saved

on answering machine


panning for gold…

she sifts through

the litter box

~Nancy Brady, 2021

Thanks Mike and Bryan for choosing these. To read all of the issue (and there are many excellent senryu and haiku), check out https://www.failedhaiku.com. These poems and poets definitely need greater exposure.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to BP: Failed Haiku # 65

  1. Jules says:

    There is a wonderful color chart of haiku and senryu how it differs here:
    Word Craft Poetry… Cheat Sheet Scroll down or read through until you get to the heading; What is the difference between haiku and senryu?

    I am not a purist – I title (mostly) everything. Easier to keep track of what I write that way. I also don’t always use the same haiku structures. Apparently the 4 line haiku with 12 syllables is called a haiqua. I only use any poetic rule as a guide. I think only editors and Haiku Societies that keep changing the rules as to what a haiku actually is, are really the only ones who care about the strict details.

    Congratulations on your entries. I had one of my 5,7,5 haiku accepted at ‘Pure Haiku’ here:
    Pure Haiku 5- 9

    I actually joked about changing the name of the 5,7,5 structure to America’ku because it is the count that quite a few of us grew up with when haiku was first introduced here.

    Cheers, Jules

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    • I saw where one of your haiku was published at Pure Haiku. It was evocative. I got the feeling there might be more coming. Are you the featured haikuist? Thanks for the link; I will check it out. Yeah, I think it is only editors and haiku societies which get their “knickers in a twist” and change the rules to fit their current sensibilities. I just try to roll with it, and I don’t bother counting unless it is Freya. 😉

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      • Jules says:

        I was on Freya’s short list once for being featured. But haven’t made it that far yet. I enjoy submitting there. Not a whole lot of pressure. I’ve been doing so (there) for many years.

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  2. These are marvelous, Nan. The last one really made me smile—memories of my cat “panning for gold,” 😉

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  3. Thank you, Barbara. I am glad I could make you smile. I bet your cat was wonderful, but as cats know: they ARE awesome! Every time I clean out Regulus’s litter box and in the past Flash’s litter box, I am/was reminded of gold miners. Take care, my friend. ~nan


  4. Jules,
    I will never make the list for being featured on Freya’s site. I can manage one, maybe two, 5-7-5 haiku per submission period, that is, if I manage to get it in during her submission period. I have missed her cut-off date more than once, but on the other hand, I have gotten some decent haiku from her prompts, and have even modified them afterwards (is a haiku ever finished?). Her prompts always make me think, knowing I have to tie it to the prompt without mentioning the prompt itself. You, on the other hand, are such a dedicated writer and so prolific and facile to boot that I can imagine that you enter quite a few. I thought you have had several up though during different periods. It was you who turned me on to Pure Haiku, and I always feel grateful if or when she happens to select one of mine. So, thanks, dear friend.


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