Tag Archives: Haiku

Tree #haiku

wild cacophony
a living emerald tower
combing the blue sky

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leaf fresh breeze
order in chaos
the world’s lungs

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These were written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. Today we were to use the words Green and Morass, but could only use synonyms. I wrote two haikus, one the “old fashioned” 5-7-5 form, the other in 3-5-3 form.

The photo is my backyard in New Hampshire.

Sunrise #haiku

first bird sings
dusky half-lit world
day arrives

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This was written for Collen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given two words to use, dawn and twilight, but only synonyms are allowed. I wrote a haiku.

Just a quick comment – I obviously thought of Cat Steven’s version of Morning Has Broken after I wrote this. Of course I always liked Rick Wakeman’s uncredited piano playing (He is my favorite rock keyboardist).

Snowfall #haiku

A whirling white mix
Crystalline forms pirouette
Grand dance of winter

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Written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given two words but could only use synonyms. The words were mingle and drift. I wrote a haiku.

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There is a piece of music by Claude Debussy, “Snow is Dancing” or, another translation, “Snowflakes are Dancing”. I was thinking of that. I love the electronic version by synth genius, Isao Tomita:

(Click here if you don’t see video below)

The In-Between #haibun #haiku

Bare branches, half guessed, a darker black silhouetted against void, whisper amongst themselves in the northern breeze.  A few last leaves flutter down.  A flash of silver is quickly hidden, the magic light extinguished as rapidly as it had appeared.  Looking up, I guess where the moon lies hidden behind the blanket of turmoil that is the sky.  I wrap my jacket tighter around myself, but can’t stop the moist air from seeping in, hungerly stealing my warmth. The approaching dawn has been hijacked, the sun led astray, for the sky remains that slate grey.

White rim on last leaf
Dull glow illuminates grey
November dark clouds

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we used a theme, which was given by Sue Vincent in the form of a haiku (see below). I wrote a haibun with a haiku for the challenge.

Haiku by Sue Vincent for challenge:

clouds cover the moon,
beyond dawn's pale horizon
sun rises unseen

©2020 Sue Vincent


November #haiku

Last leaf hangs
World in brown and tan
Calm descends

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Fading light
Frost nips bright colors
November

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The above haikus were written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week was poet’s choice. I chose to do two haiku in a 3-5-3 pattern.

Every year I have written a poem about voting on election day. This year? Well…

Ballot box
Waits with open mouth
Please feed it!

Better? ;)

Toadstool #haiku

Image credit: Unsplash, and the photographer is Wolfgang Hasselmann

A bit of fungus
A tower in fairyland
Both visions are true

-or-

Fungus rot
Fairyland tower
Point of view

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Fungus
Fairyland
Toadstool

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week was a photo challenge. the photo at the top was provided by Lisa Thompson, a photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann found on Unsplash. This week I chose a haiku. I used the three different forms to say the same thing (6/7/6, 3/5/3 and 2/3/2).

Trees #nonet #haiku

back-yard

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Shh
Listen
Gold and Green
Living, breathing
Center of the wood
Heartbeat of the forest
Holding Earth’s ancient wisdom
Towers of organic knowledge
What would you tell me if I could hear?

Eldest oak
To a young sapling
Growing truth

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week the challenge was in the form of a quote (chosen by Sue Vincent):

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse

I chose to do a reverse nonet followed by a 3/5/3 haiku to make a tree :)

Photo was taken a few weeks ago from my back yard looking up the hill behind my house into the woods