Ash Wednesday Haiku


John J. Dunphy

Compiled on February 22, 2023 — Ash Wednesday.


mug shot

on the arrested protester’s forehead

an ashen cross

Published in Failed Haiku, April 2021

Ash Wednesday

groundskeeper removes beads

from a tombstone

Published in Fireflies’ Light, issue 22

Ash Wednesday shower

a pedestrian shields

his forehead

Published in Frogpond 29:1


John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree. He is also the author of non-fiction works such as Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials: The Investigative Work of the U.S. Army 7708 War Crimes Group, 1945–1947.