Peggy Willis Lyles English
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Peggy Willis Lyles was born on September 17, 1939, in Summerville, South Carolina. Teacher, editor, painter, poet, she has contributed haiku to many journals from the 1970's to the present. Her work is included in a number of major anthologies and she has won many awards.  Her most recent chapbook is "Thirty-Six Tones" from Saki Press.  She is working on a Selected Haiku to be published by Brooks Books.



summer night
we turn out all the lights
to hear the rain
thunderheads pass . . .
a blue jay bathing
in the dust
tea fragrance
from an empty cup . . .
the thin winter moon
long twilight . . .
at the woman's ear
a small pearl glows
wild persimmons . . .
a woman at the roadside
wiggles her last tooth
boarding call - -
the ripe banana flavor
of the small one's cheek
the tai chi master
shifts his stance
nearly dawn
we leave a few figs
for the birds
wind through water pines
      the newborn opens
             just one eye
haze-blurred horizon
a painted bunting hovers
in the sea oats' curve

Author: Peggy Willis Lyles
Billie Wilson


"summer night" - Cicada (Canada) Vol. 4, No. 4 (1980); The Haiku Anthology, 2nd edition, edited by Cor van den Heuvel(1986)
"thunderheads pass" - Mayfly," No. 12 (1991)
"tea fragrance" - Modern Haiku, XIII:2 (1982); Haiku Moment, edited by Bruce Ross (1993)
"long twilight" - Haiku in English, #361, The Mainichi Daily News, (June 25, 1989), 1st place in yearly contest; Global Haiku: 25 Poets Worldwide, edited George Swede and Randy Brooks (2000)
"wild persimmons" - Frogpond, XIV:2 (1991); Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac,  William J. Higginson (1986)
"boarding call" - Mayfly, #24 (1997);Haiku Light, (1998); Thirty-Six Tones, Saki Press (2000)
"dragonfly" - The Heron's Nest, II:11 (2000 - Editor's Award); Grand Prize Readers' Choice Award (Volume III, Valentine Awards: February, 2001)
"nearly dawn" - South by Southeast,  Vol. 7, No. 2 (2000)
"wind through water pines" - Acorn, No. 3, Fall 1999; "The Snapshot Haiku Calendar" (2000)
"haze-blurred horizon" - Frogpond," XII:3 (1989); "The Heron's Nest," II:2,  February 2000.


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