grapes of wrath
illegal migrants working
the orange groves

dust bowl
thousands leave home


misty woods—
empty bench 
secret rendezvous

dealers conspire 
on cargo transfer


shared wealth 
and development 
for all humanity 
calm summer river
donations flown in


thirsty goldminers
nourishing on 
mercury-filled water

sweet tooth fills 
with gold amalgam



Christina Chin

Christina Chin is a painter and haiku poet from Malaysia. She is a four-time recipient of top 100 in the mDAC Summit Contests, exhibited at the Palo Alto Art Center, California. 1st prize winner of the 34th Annual Cherry Blossom Sakura Festival 2020 Haiku Contest. She was the first prize winner in the 8th Setouchi Matsuyama 2019 Photohaiku Contest. She has been published in numerous journals, multilingual journals, and anthologies, including Japan's prestigious monthly Haikukai Magazine.

Kim Olmtak Gomes

Kim Olmtak Gomes was born in Suriname, South America, where she is currently also residing. She is a teacher of the English language. At present she is retired, but is still teaching on a part time basis. She writes haiku and is published in print and online journals. 


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 08:58