Tag Archives: Haiku

The Forest Air – haiku #haiku

A green world beyond
Earth magic radiates life
Breath the healing air


A green world
Earth magic is life
Healing air


Green world
Earth magic


This was written for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday syllabic poetry challenge. This week was a color challenge – we had to choose a color from a chart. the chart also included some words about the color. I chose “green” and the words “Earth magic” and “healing”. I wrote a haiku in the old 5-7-5 form, but did a quick 3-5-3 and a 2-3-2 version using, more or less, the same words. Hope you enjoy.

First Stirrings #haiku and #tanka

first stirring
winter frozen soul
tender shoot

barren landscape in
looks for the first buds of spring
snowdrop form flowers
A door long locked from cold
thaws to life as you approach


These interconnected poems were written for Colleen’s poetry challenge. This week was a color, and that color was green. We were instructed to attempt to avoid/imply the word green. We could chose our own form ,so I chose a 3-5-3 haiku and a tanka. Hope you enjoy (it is still snow covered in New Hampshire, but this wasn’t really about the weather. Or was it?)

Winter Snow haiku senryu

strike of a new year
radiant white and unformed
the future unfolds


blank white page
waiting for our mark
let’s explore


This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week the form was poet’s choice, but we were also supposed to choose a color.  I chose white and two haiku-like poems (a haiku and a senryu) of form 5-7-5 and 3-5-3 (verified at sodacoffee.com/syllables).  I am also going to join Rebecca today.  I chose my own photo.  I’m not 100% sure if this really counts as a haiga, but hopefully it will work :)

A Soft Spot to Land #kaiku #ekphrastic

Image Credit: Butterfly on Asters by Lisa Smith Nelson

free of wind

winged flower
flutters on the breeze

small spot in large world
soft purple petals call loud
stop, rest a moment


This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given a photo by Lisa Smith Nelson to use for an ekphrastic poem. I chose to write an interlinked series of three hiakus, using forms 2-3-2, 3-5-3 and 5-7-5. And, of course, I used a little alliteration…

Tree #haiku

wild cacophony
a living emerald tower
combing the blue sky


leaf fresh breeze
order in chaos
the world’s lungs


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


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


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.


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:

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