Category Archives: haiku

Japanese short verse of haiku and senryu

“We are all Japan”

Simply Haiku editors Sasa Vazic and Robert Wilson are putting together an anthology of earthquake related poetryin support for the people of Japan.  All proceeds will go to earthquake victims through Salvation Army and Red Cross Japan.  They’ll accept (previously unpublished – not just Japanese forms) submissions until 15th May.  Submissions go to svtojapan@gmail.com .  The website is We are all Japan or join the facebook support page .  Please also consider donating through the website links.

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Christmas and New Year Haiku and Senryu

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next in line

for santa…

Mummy’s spit in my hair

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Christmas lights…

across the road

traffic light blinking

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Christmas Eve

kids asleep – unwrapping

her

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new Christmas boardies…

a size too small

after lunch

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hanging on a nail…

the end of the year

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New Year’s calendar

hung over

the kitchen sink

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curb side bin

emptied New Year’s day –

a little bit left

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Aussie themed haiku take#2

I wrote so many versions of these Aussie haiku and struggled with some of the edits.  Here are some earlier versions of two of them.  Particularly for  my Brisbane poet friend Jdub.  Let me know which reads better.

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hot and sleepless

karaoke through the night

– Willie Wagtails

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Why do I expect

Anything from this billabong?

– silence

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Australian themed haiku

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sultry

all night karaoke

– Willie Wagtails

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hopping back again…

– in the billabong

dust

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green in the centre,

– first test Gabba pitch,

outside… jacarandas

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I recently found this essay from John Bird, editor of Haiku Dreaming relating to the use of ‘kigo’ (season words) in Australian haiku.  There are so many ideas (rules) being thrown around on the issue of ‘correct’ haiku.  It is an interesting read for those learning about English language haiku, especially when living in a different hemisphere.  The discovery of Haiku Dreaming made me look through my ‘ku’ with a distinct Aussie theme.

Haibun

I haven’t posted much recently with much of my poetic energy going into stretching  myself at a poetry course at Queensland Writers Centre.  Last month I wrote this haibun (prose and haiku) from a real experience.

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Saturday 4:30am The front door bashed through my sleep with the weight of an arm that knows how to handle itself.  Track suit pants struggle down the hallway as another knock took care of my remaining grogginess.  The cold air hit my bare chest as I opened the door to the law stood cold with the kid from up the street.  Morning sir sorry to wake you and make you stand here in the cold but Jonny here is charged by his Dad for trespassing on his property and stealing his bike.  There is obviously a breakdown of relationship we understand you’re aware of already.  An adult needs to sign for bail and you’re the closest to a parent he’s got.  He’s to be at children’s court on Tuesday morning.

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a father’s bike

resting under his house

– cold street air

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loving haiku

I’ve been listening to podcasts of Haiku Chronicles by Alan Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver.  These little Japanese poems amaze me more and more.  Here are another couple of my attempts at the short little haiku:

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dusty corner

of a busy warehouse

butterfly…  sweep.

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sitting in traffic

watching the flight of a crow

on a low grey sky

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telephone wires

connecting –

possum’s nightly walk

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Senryu

Senryu is another of the Japanese short forms of poetry.  It is structurally similar to Haiku but highlights ‘human nature’ and relationships whereas haiku is exclusively about nature.  Find out more here at Alan Pizzarelli.com.  By the way, yes I do have permission for the second senryu.  Before proceeding:  STOP – BREATH – OK? – ENJOY

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racing cars

in a crumpled pile –

his pajamas

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my pregnant wife

on her side

snores for two

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small boy through trees

spotting a wallaby

spotting him first

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Haiku

I was in a haiku mood all day today.  While driving and working I kept thinking in captured moments and trying to find the essence of them.  What made those moments so unique?  What is going on at the core of them?  More senryu to come – which depicts human nature – the first one here is probably not haiku but senryu:

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before dawn

across the wet grass

leg-rope tapping

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in the front garden

a Spring morning dew

on my hammer

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the old highway bridge

busy in its later years

fishing – in the sun

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Learn more about the traditional Japanese poem of Haiku.

Haiku and a photo I love

Image by Piedhillprawns

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A favourite photo and an unrelated haiku:  This little ‘Paper Daisy’ sits on Logan’s Ridge of Mt Barney.  I had to scramble out precariously to take the shot (like I didn’t enjoy doing that) professional nature photog style.  In the background are Mt Ernest and the ‘wedding cake’ shaped cliffs of Mt Lindsay on the QLD/NSW border.  I love living here.

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young gum tree

throws down its leaves

facing the wind

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Brisbane Ekka haiku/senryu

Brisbane’s Ekka is here again.  The city folk line up to taste the country.  The country folk suppress their smirks at city folk standing in wet cattle dung on the pavilion floors.  Dagwood dogs, fairy floss, show-bags, sheep shearing, live lamb births, children milking cows… ahhhhhhh.  Here are a couple of senryu from our Monday visit and also a link to great Ekka Haiku by Brisbane poet Graham Nunn here:  Ekka Daze .  Love it.

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city bound train

young girl with mum and nanna-

playing I-Spy

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Ekka feeding yard

the bigger ugly goat

receives none

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