Tag Archives: Haiku

Spring is in the Air — A Haiku Poem

17 Apr

Blog Post #359

Today is International Haiku Day — so of course, I did what anyone would do — I wrote a haiku!

It was a gorgeous day and my haiku is a tribute to the season. I love walking outdoors and noticing the budding trees and the blossoming shrubs. It lightens my soul and brightens my day to see flowers poking their heads out of the earth, preparing to burst forth in a showy hue. Soon the world will be awash in the beautiful colours of spring: fresh green, vibrant yellow, deep red and bright pink. I love the vibrancy of Spring!

Tulips

Spring’s beauty unfolds
red tulips wave in the breeze
tree buds unfurl green

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Cherry Haiku

11 Apr

Blog #353

After our long winter, it is exhilarating to see daffodils sway in the breeze, to notice the budding branches and to find rhododendrons getting ready to explode their colour throughout the neighbourhood. The cherry trees have finally blossomed and Vancouver is swathed in the frothy pink of delicate petals.

Cherry Tree

Morning sun rises
warm spring breezes stir the air
cherry blossoms falls

Sleepy Time Haiku

4 Apr

Blog Post #346

I’m tired and the thought of my comfy bed is uppermost in my mind — so why am I still sitting here ostensibly writing a blog post, but browsing through my Pinterest feed instead?

Could that Café Verona I slurped down at 5:00 pm be keeping my brain buzzing with a million whirling thoughts? Or am I a crazy person too stubborn to call it a day and relax into the sweet peacefulness of sleep?

Sheep

Sleep is beckoning
stumble to my bed yawning
sweet dreams are waiting

 

Haiku Spring

28 Mar

Blog Post #339

The snow has melted
trees stand stark against the sky
spring rain falls softly

Puddle Jumping

Our long, cold winter is over and even though spring has brought more rain than sunshine, we’re happy because the snow has disappeared, the air is warmer and we can feel the promise of summer. Yesterday, on my way to work, I noticed that the trees and shrubs were beginning to bud! I even spotted a few rhododendrons blooming, their vibrant red petals ablaze in the dull morning light.

And at last, the cherry trees are burgeoning with the fresh, delicate pinkness of a thousand flowers just in time for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017. This annual event includes many activities including the popular VCBF 2017 Haiku Invitational  which is now open for submissions. You have until June 1st, 2017 to enter — so grab your pencils and start writing!

It’s World Poetry Day — So I Wrote A Haiku

21 Mar

Blog Post #332

It’s World Poetry Day — and everywhere I looked today I saw a poem. A few classics, some originals and several whimsical or humorous. Also, it’s Tuesday and that means — Haikuesday!

First, here is a haiku for World Poetry Day and below that is a poem about the English language. Enjoy!

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Raindrops gently fall
the breeze ripples the puddles
a crane flaps overhead

Crane

Why English is Hard to Learn

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

~ Anonymous

Meow, It’s Haikuesday!

14 Mar

Blog Post #325

I was calm and relaxed, enjoying some solitude while reading  after dinner. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a flash of movement. It was my cat — she was on the hunt and she obviously had her prey in sight. Attack! She looked so chagrined when her trophy disappeared in a little cloud. I think it’s time to vacuum under my couch!

I was amused by her tracking skills — but she just walked away with a final swat at a bit of lingering fuzz.

Cat photo

The cat prowls on the hunt
stalking unseen mice and birds
snares a dust bunny

A Poem

7 Mar

Blog Post #318

Today is Tuesday and that usually means “Haikuesday” — but today, I have nothing, nada, zip, zero. So … no haiku!

Instead, I found one of my favourite poems that I want to share with you. I have loved this poem ever since I first read it in high school many, many years ago.

I still love it.

I hope you enjoy it.

Dock on the lake
I stepped from plank to plank
So slow and cautiously;
The stars about my head I felt,
About my feet the sea.

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch,–
This gave me that precarious gait
Some call experience.

~ Emily Dickinson

Haikuesday — Ode to Snow

28 Feb

Blog Post #311

We’ve had a tough winter here on the Lower Mainland.  I mean, it was brutal — for us Westcoasters. We aren’t accustomed to harsh weather — oh, sure, we get snow in the winter. Only, it is not usually much snow and it usually doesn’t hang around too long. This year, the snow fell at the beginning of December — AND IT STAYED — and stayed. We had our “winter wonderland” for two entire months!!

Snowy Street photo

Finally, in February, the last of the snow disappeared and everyone rejoiced.

Until today. It started to snow… big, fluffly flakes began to fall. And even though, the “storm” abated and the snow all disappeared as the clouds drifted on and the sun came out — you could hear the cries and pleas of “No more snow!” and “Bring on summer!”

The forecast is for warmer weather accompanied by rain, rain, and more rain — in other words, a typical beginning to a Vancouver March.

This crazy weather prompted me to write this haiku — an homage of sorts to this winter. The ending though, is wishful thinking!!

Glittering flakes fall / They swirl silently downward / To melt on the ground

Memory in a Haiku

21 Feb

Blog Post #304

Valentine’s roses
dried bouquet, the scent lingers
love’s bloom fills the house

roses

Haiku For Hope

31 Jan

Blog Post #283

Dark days are looming
Stand strong for humanity
We must act with love

peace-love

Now more than ever, people everywhere must add their voices for peace, humanity, and love of all.  Now is the time to gather together to fight the GOOD fight — without violence and with the conviction love will win.

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