Cold Moon Journal

Cold Moon Journal
Photo c. Alf B. Meier

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

By Louise Hopewell

family tree

nan’s branch lost

to dementia

Louise Hopewell

Monday, August 8, 2022

By Manoj Sharma

missiles . . .

a sleeping dog

barks at the sky

Manoj Sharma

By Myron Lysenko

told to surrender

by a warship commander:

border guard’s expletive

Myron Lysenko

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry)

Launching Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry) blog. 

Inviting submissions of 1-5 poems of 1-5 lines each. Send your weirdest! Submit to: fivefleasitchypoetry(at)gmail(dot)com.

Touchstone Award Nominations

The Cold Moon Journal nominations for the 2022 Touchstone Awards have been submitted to The Haiku Foundation (for poems published January to June 2022). 

Congratulations to these 16 talented poets:

Alvin B. Cruz

Barrie Levine (X2)

Douglas J. Lanzo

H. A. Sappho

John Hawkhead

Joseph P. Wechselberger

Joshua St. Claire

Kamrun Nahar

Mariel Herbert

Mike Gallagher

Mircea Moldovan

Mirela Brăilean

Nudurupati Nagasri

Pat Davis

Tffany Shaw-Diaz

Vandana Parashar

Nominations for July to December 2022 will be announced shortly before the end of the year.

Good luck to everybody!

Friday, August 5, 2022

By Jim Niffen

prairie breeze

a hint of primrose

on your blouse

Jim Niffen

By Minal Sarosh

embroidery the rose she left unfinished midday


Minal Sarosh

By Paula Sears

stone wall

crossing the boundary

a wild flower

Paula Sears

By A.J. Anwar

the sun and sunflowers

exchange long gazes

by the neighbour’s fence

A.J. Anwar

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

By Peter Jastermsky

memory foam

another chance

for first impressions

Peter Jastermsky

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

By Michelle Cicillini

the ocean waves—hello and goodbye

Michelle Cicillini

By Agnes Eva Savich

girlhood the power of the gaze

Agnes Eva Savich

Monday, August 1, 2022

Guidelines for Contributors

You are invited to submit a single email containing up to five of your poems (in the spirit of haiku/senryu/tanka) per calendar month. No themes at the moment.

Poems received in a given month will be considered for publication in Cold Moon Journal the following month. (In other words, if you send your poems in March, they will be competing for April space.) Is your writing style traditional? Fine. Gendai or experimental? Also welcome, although we can’t accommodate much in the way of special formatting.

Poems must be your original work and should be in English. Previously unpublished work is preferred, but poems appearing on social media are acceptable.

No e-mail attachments will be opened. Please send to: coldmoonjournal(at)gmail(dot)com.

We are not soliciting prose or artwork at this time.

There is no money in this, but all rights revert back to the poet upon publication.

We strive to respond quickly (within two weeks, usually much faster). Both acceptance and rejection notices are sent. New haiku/senryu/tanka are added to Cold Moon Journal several times a week. You can view the most popular poems (scroll down to bottom right of the journal for the list).

You will never see anything here that suggests racism, violence or prejudice.

This journal nominates for various annual haiku and poetry awards.

Roberta Beach Jacobson, Editor (she/her)

By Mona Bedi

full moon

the nights you sang

me a lullaby

Mona Bedi

By Ram Chandran


under starlit sky

I think of Van Gogh

Ram Chandran

By David He

the pine shadow

sweeps onto the window

every night

as the moon rises

our cat stares

David He

Sunday, July 31, 2022

By Keith Evetts

on the one hand

I couldn't live

forever wondering

what's on

the other hand 


Keith Evetts

Saturday, July 30, 2022

By Orrin PréJean

dandelion seeds

the confetti

of my childhood

Orrin PréJean

By Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

everything i no longer crave after the forest

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

Friday, July 29, 2022

By Keith Evetts

square moon someone else's god

Keith Evetts

By Orrin PréJean


forties –









Orrin PréJean

Through the Telescope: Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

We congratulate frequent contributor Tiffany Shaw-Diaz, recognized as a top-eight volunteer (of more than 6,000) for the NASA citizen science project, Active Asteroids. Way to go, Tiffany!



Thursday, July 28, 2022

By Orrin PréJean

summer day

going over month's budget


Orrin PréJean

By Keith Evetts

pasque flowers

what if everything

is true

Keith Evetts

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Sunday, July 24, 2022

By Orrin PréJean

in the night suspended between shadow and more shadow

Orrin PréJean

Saturday, July 23, 2022

By Keith Evetts

so many birds my empty hands

Keith Evetts