Roger WatsonRoger Watson

Born: 1955 in Aberdeen, UK
Living: Kingston-upon-Hull, UK
Roger Watson is a biologist, nurse and academic editor working at the University of Hull, UK. He was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in many parts of the UK and Ireland. He travels extensively in China and the Far East. He is married with eight children

Haiku blog:


through the confessional screen
the priest's breath

Prune Juice 30 2020

Thai mountain haiku
of course
a temple bell

Akitsu Quarterly Summer 2020

Parisian life
even the graffiti
is elegant

Cattails April 2020

holding up my trousers
Orion’s belt

Creatrix 48 2020

of my imagination

Failed Haiku 5: 51 2020

the folded newspaper
toast crumbs

Blithe Spirit Number 30:2 2020

quiet church
just the smell
of hand sanitiser

Blithe Spirit 31:1 2020

my wife's old bike
so many miles
between us

Stardust Haiku 45 2020

forty years married
less kama
and more sutra

Creatrix Number 51 2020

Sunday Mass
blessing myself
with alcohol gel

Creatrix Number 51 2020

reunion dinner
just that moment
of hesitation

Failed Haiku 43, 2019

bonsai trees
into obedience

Poetry Pea 15 July 2019

another broken tooth
one piece at a time

cattails October 2019

my fish and chips
in fake newspaper

Frogpond Volume 42:3 2019

last flight
of the evening
half price sandwiches

cattails October 2019

through the old magnifying glass
with my mother’s eyes

Failed Haiku 45 2019

sixties revival evening
on the wall
a defibrillator

London Haiku Group Anthology 2019 page 37

hometown graveyard
the headmaster
who caned me

BHS Anthology Roots 2019

baclava seller
to his principles

Failed Haiku  Issue 49, 2020

ancient Chinese temple
each guide
telling a different story

Blithe Spirit Volume 29 (2019)
London Haiku Group Anthology 2018

Sunday morning
last night's party
on the pavement

Blithe Spirit Volume 29 (2019)

Monday morning
the smell
of sour milk

Blithe Spirit Volume 29 (2019)

new semester
an empty bed
and one less toothbrush

Blithe Spirit Volume 29 (2019)

weekend over
the clank
of recycling bins

Failed Haiku #39

I quit
the meeting
at ‘low hanging fruit’

Failed Haiku #39

coffee grinder
before the smell

Failed Haiku #39

the removal men
at our wobbly bed

Failed Haiku #41

hotel elevator
no eye contact
unwritten rules

Failed Haiku #41

my son
now opening jam jars
for me

Failed Haiku #41

evening train
racing its shadow

Blithe Spirit 29.1

optician's bill
unable to read
the small print

cattails April 2019

high spirits
in the sanatorium
infectious laughter

cattails April 2019

admiring the crocuses
I step
on dog poo

Under the Basho  2019

long rows
of white stones
soldiers’ last dreams

Under the Basho 2019

Northern Lights
don’t spoil it with
an explanation

Under the Basho 2019

handing over
the wrong currency

Under the Basho 2019

first date
she had no accent

Failed Haiku  #38

before sending
I check the grammar
in my sympathy note

Failed Haiku  #38

murder mystery night

Failed Haiku  #38

my mother’s funeral
how much better than me
they all know her

Failed Haiku #37

with the flow
urinal spider

Failed Haiku #36

peeing in the snow
not quite
my full name

Failed Haiku #36

post office queue
the smell
of paper

Failed Haiku  #37

antique shop
the smell
of opportunity

ephemerae Volume1, C (2018)

hotel lobby
making an early start
smokers and runners

Failed Haiku  #36

funeral plans
even here
economies of scale

25th HSA Anthology 2018

family gathering
all eyes
on i-Pads

Presence 61, May 2018

airport fly
or departing?

Poetry Pea website 19 June 2018

watch hands
no fingers
pointing to time

Blithe Spirit 27.3, August 2017

rosary beads
smooth and polished
decades of my life

Poetry Pea website 29 August 2018

rising river steam
cathedral bells chime
out of synch

Blithe Spirit 27.3, November 2017

at the junction
only my mood changes
broken lights 

Blithe Spirit 28.2, May 2018

scrolling down
to my age group . . .
. . . the last

ephemerae 1, A, April 2018

the family fight
over fake money

ephemerae 1, A, April 2018

silent shredder
of all my thoughts

Commended, Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2018