Ernest J Berry

ernieaErnest J Berry was born 1929 in Christchurch. After a decade of shepherding in Poverty Bay and the Canterbury high country, he spent several years in business in Auckland before retiring to a wilderness beach in Mexico where he rediscovered his childhood love of [short] poetry. He un-retired in 1993 and settled in Picton where he adopted haiku as a retirement project. He has been deeply involved with the haiku movement world-wide ever since.

Two of his many haiku books have been honoured with Merit Book Awards from The Haiku Society of America and he has long lost count of his successes in haiku competitions. After founding Picton Poets in 1994, Ernie has taught haiku in workshop, secondary schools, poetry meetings and special-interest groups. In 2013 he moved to Blenheim. Contact ErnieVisit the website of NZ Society of Authors southern branch to read a more extensive biography.


hurricane
the taste of rain
from a barrel


daguerreotype
my infamous ancestor
in diapers


clouded moon
the sound of her slip
hitting the floor


childhood home
someone else’s mother
on the mantelpiece


high desert
i’m surrounded
by a fly


terminal.
she skirts
the word


neighbour’s cat
the cicada in its teeth
keeps singing


muddy garden
her puppy
brings it in


bulldozer
a yellow caterpillar
in its tracks


bright moon
light years
between starfish


Publication notes

Ernie was unable to supply publication details for these haiku but believes they have all been published somewhere.