Haiku

If you count syllables, you'll notice my haiku do not follow the 5-7-5 pattern. I view haiku as "minimalist" poems written across three lines, and sometimes one -- as do most modern English-language haijin or haiku poets. Haiku contains a juxtaposition that sets two images beside each other, and that often sparks for the reader the "aha" moment.  Below is a collection of my published haiku. Some have been inspired by river journeys, and most by nature in some way or another. 

~ Marianne

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first ice
the muskrat walks
on water
    The Heron's Nest, Mar 2017

mama's lipstick
putting on
my public face
     Modern Haiku, Issue 48.1 (2017)

sweetgrass
the meadowlark weaves
a home
     The Heron's Nest, Sept 2016

beneath
the snail's shell
a heartbeat
      The Heron's Nest, Sept 2016 


bowl of cherry pits
my grandson tries to guess
my age
     First Place, Canada, 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Haiku Invitational

gravel laneway
out of sync with the footsteps
behind me
     Literary Review Canada, Nov 2016

ascension--
sunlight through the wings
of the shad-fly
     Tiny Words, Fall 2016

deep breathing--
i drift by
the flower kiosk
     Tiny Words, Fall 2016

now and again
around the trunk a flash
of woodpecker
     Editor's Choice, cattails, May 2016

small acts
of non-violent resistance
long live the poem
     Failed Haiku, Dec 2016

mammas, don't let
your babies grow up
to be journalists
   Failed Haiku, Jan 2017

street musician
the woodwind note
of his inhaler
     Modern Haiku, Issue 47:3, Fall 2016

fruit flies
circling the peach
soft bruises 
     brass bell online journal: small things, May issue 2016


black ice
taking the ghosts home
with me
     A Hundred Gourds, 2016

sea kelp 
the silent grace
of sharks
    right hand pointing, Issue 95 haiku

un
googleable
the trail
dissolving
into
maple leaves
leaves
leaves
     right hand pointing, Issue 107

disjointed thoughts
my Picasso-self staring
back at me
     Under the Basho, Modern Haiku, 2015

swallowtail
in the tree fluttering
poplar
               wings
     cattails, Sept 2016

ticking clocks--
not allowed to speak
at meal time
      brass bell, Sept 2016

urban walk
the tractor trailer's shadow
runs me over 
     brass bell, Oct 2016 

birthday cake
she eats the word
happy
     brass bell, Apr 2016   
 
feeling guilty
pruning the houseplants
anyway
     
brass bell, Apr 2016 

last breath
the otherness
of twilight
     cattails, Jan 2016

light breeze
the desire of my skin
for touch
     tempslibres.org, Summer 2016

beach party
the tern with a condom
in its beak
     Acorn, Fall 2016

Blade Runner
thanking the automated teller
for her time
     Failed Haiku, Aug 2016

Venn diagrams
those topics we don't dare
to touch
     Failed Haiku, Aug 2016

dead relatives
nobody left to take
the blame
     Failed Haiku, Aug 2016

purple prose
looking for the poem among 
the # hashtags
     Failed Haiku, Aug 2016

longstanding
the innate patience
of trees
      A Hundred Gourds, 2016    

drifting snow
the surgeon draws
his line
     Failed Haiku, Mar 2016

night typo
he's in a good
moon
     Failed Haiku, Jan 2016

his unmarked grave
a hundred grackles
turning wing
     A Hundred Gourds, 4:4 Sept 2015

moonrise--
the kite flies
the boy
     Modern Haiku, Issue 46:2
    
somewhere 
in my bones--
a cricket

     
Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku: also Big Data, The Red Moon Anthology

winter leaf--
how she cups the pills
in her hand

     Acorn, a journal of contemporary haiku, Issue #33, Fall 2014; also Neverending Story

winter winds
behind my back
the stars
      Shambhala Times, Midwinter Haiku Contest, first place haiku

train travel--
the trees outside
gaining speed
     Acorn, a journal of contemporary haiku, Issue #35, Fall 2015

passwords
the family pet
lives on
     tiny words, Spring/Summer 2016

emotional IQ
the octopus unravels
in front of me
     A Hundred Guords 5.3, June 2016

text free zone
in my coat pockets
a forest
     Frozen Butterfly, Issue 4 

petal showers--
the sweet lightness
of a sigh
     Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Canada category, Honourable Mention, 2015

sojourners--
the cherry blossom
nudges the wind
     Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Canada category, Honourable Mention, 2015

in the dip
of the horse's back
two magpies
     cattails, Sept 2015

suburbia
the slow night swagger
of skunks
     A Hundred Gourds, 2016

twin sisters
the one who gave birth
to the moon
     Brass Bell, Mar 2016

wide-eyed pansies
everywhere little girls worshipping
big girls
     Brass Bell, Mar 2016

global warming
picking up a winter coat
dirt cheap
     Failed Haiku, Mar 2016

binoculars--
losing the bird
to the tree
     cattails, Sept 2015

new rainboots
the puddle 
finds the little boy
    Golden Haiku 2016

purple martin--
a little moth and then
no little moth
    Golden Haiku 2016

five years since you died--
the reach and breadth of old
growth forest
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

junkyard dogs--
atop the rusty car
a rusty car
     First place, Craigleigh Press Haiku Contest, 2016

earth's rotation--
a dandelion casts
a shadow
     The Heron's Nest, Volume XVI, Number 3, September 2014

totem
pole
painted
turtles
sun
worship-
ping
     A Hundred Gourds, 3:3 June 2014

lucid dreaming--
knowing that I am
the butterfly
     Acorn, a journal of contemporary haiku, Issue #34, Spring 2015

hospice--
my neighbour's porch light
off
     Modern Haiku, Issue 46.1; Failed Haiku Mar 2016

knit one purl one
the hole in last year's
spiderweb
     A Hundred Gourds, 4:3 June 2015

white peony tea--
snow so fine the night
has flowered
     The Betty Drevniok Award 2014, Haiku Canada, Hon. Mention; also appeared in Brass Bell: a haiku journal, Nov. 2014

butterflies
in my living room
still grieving
     Kusamakura International Haiku Competition, Third Prize (Nyuusen), Nov. 22, 2014

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      in the family plot
      not even the word of you
     Sonic Boom, Issue 3, August 2015

blue skies
the innate contentment
of daisies
     
brass bell:  a haiku journal, Oct 2015 Issue: Happiness Haiku

white pines
the night humming
of giraffes
     brass bell:  a haiku journal, Nov 2015 Issue: Night Haiku 

Valentine's Day
the florist is selling
Venus fly traps
     cattails, Jan 2016

colonoscopy
putting on my makeup
anyway
     Failed Haiku, Mar 2016

summer jazz
in the rafters of the train station
a crow's nest
     50 Haikus, Issue 8

night shadows
the stone on the path
hops away
     A Hundred Gourds 5.1 

train whistle
the unanswered call
of the loon
     Frozen Butterfly, Issue 3   

bottleneck--
riding the whoosh
of river
     cattails, Spring/Summer 2015

old snow
in the end we all
disintegrate
     Failed Haiku, Jan 2016

urban living--
birdsong from the row
of shopping carts
     cattails, Spring/Summer 2015

beaver
den
the
piling
up
of
things
     tinywords, fall 2015

snow squall--
the dervishes are
whirling
     Diogen, Winter Haiku 2013, Honorable Mention

spring closing date--
because of the cherry tree
we buy the house
     Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Canada category, Honourable Mention, 2014

the silence
of a stand of pine--
screech owl
     cattails, September 2014

paper Valentine--
the bark of the Chinese red birch
fluttering
     The Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition 2014, Runner-up

a red fox
alog the wire fence
rust
     A Hundred Gourds, 4:1 December 2014

hopscotch
following the moon
home
      A Hundred Gourds, 3:2 March 2014

salmon sky--
a wedge of geese
shifts its leader
     cattails, May 2014

amniotic sac
the floating nests
of prairie doves
     Frozen Butterfly, the video journal of English Language Haiku, Issue 2

shore
and shadow
of shore
     Bones, journal of contemporary haiku, No. 3

two ravens--
the rabbit's open breast
poppy red
     2016 Haiku Canada member's anthology

all of my ghosts…
winter winds are howling
tonight
     The Zen Space, Winter 2014 Showcase, also The Naviar Records Haiku Project

how snow
lies atop the branch--
your hand on mine
     The Zen Space, Winter 2014 Showcase

black silk--
the larvae slips out
of its skin
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Sept 13, 2014

the transparency
of a shadfly's wings--
evening sun
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku,  Sept 12, 2014

streaks of beach
smudging the horizon
brush fire
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku,  Sept 11, 2014

river bend--
a great blue heron curves
from sight
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Sept 10, 2014

light pollution--
the fireflies flickering
out
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Sept 9, 2014

the wide eyes
on the moth's wings--
harvest moon
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Sept 8, 2014

berry wine--
the chipmunk teeters
along the branch
    Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Sept 7, 2014

crabapple worms
she says her jelly jams
has lots of protein
     brass bell, April 2017

mall signage--
in the curve of the G
a bird's nest
     2nd Hon Mention Craighleigh Press Haiku Contest 2016

this thick ice--
there she is, underneath
her depression
     The Zen Space, Winter 2014 Showcase

windswept--
the low bough/bow
of the bonsai
     The Zen Space, Winter 2014 Showcase 

quarter moon
near a river of clouds
birdsong
     50 Haikus, Vol. 1 issue #6
  
rain furious
under the streetlamp
dawn
     50 Haikus, Vol. 1 Issue #6

storm warning--
the calm at the eye
of the potato
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Aug 2, 2014

wild irises--
along the shoreline
goslings sleep
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, Aug 1, 2014

bachelor buttons--
the best man catches 
the bouquet
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, July 31, 2014

sheared sheep--
poplar cotton swirling
in the breeze
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, July 30, 2014

undercurrents--
the snapping turtle
surfaces
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, July 29, 2014

heat lightning…
knee-deep in lily pads
the heron strikes
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, July 28, 2014

indigo dye…
the hurried moon
rushes on
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, July 27, 2014

blue moon
this sadness again
again
     Failed Haiku, Jan 2016

hard truths--
how rain bounces
against asphalt
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

the shine
of buttercups--
first smile
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

summer solstice--
the swallow dips belly
to the lake
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

seeing the unseen--
the sand giving shape
to the wind
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

parallel universes--
the long slow bend of river
and train
     Jars of Stars, Aug 2014, also Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

mouse-scuttle
across the roof shingles
sunset
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 21, 2014

the sharp tip
of the swallow's wing--
paper cut
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 20, 2014

windyyy--
the squeal of a rusted
clothesline
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 19, 2014

high rise--
the peregrine scatters
the street pigeons
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 18, 2014

hangman--
the snapped branch
of the silver birch
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 17, 2014

potholes--
the pigeon dips its head
to drink
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 16, 2014

burlap
shrouding the rosebushes
twilight
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, June 15, 2014

wild swans--
a cloud of white
trilliums
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

first communion--
the maple saplings
unfolding
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

one sky--
the raven carves a circle
where the heron flew
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

two doves
in the chestnut tree--
how rare, peace
     Gems, an anthology of haiku, senryu and sedoka

empty promises--
out there somewhere
the full moon
     Poetry Nook, Vol. 5

inukshuk--
the slow climb
of turtles
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 10, 2014

sea swells
the dip and rise
of memory
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 9, 2014

off the grid--
the mathematics
of flowers
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 8, 2014

Orion's belt--
tracing the scar across
your cheek
     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 7, 2014

the slickness
of the otter's back--
night rain

     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 6, 2014

the crescent moon
of the hummingbird--
a flower opens

     Daily Haiku Vol 9: Cycle 17, The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku, May 5, 2014

robin egg blue--
even the sky yearns
for spring

     Wah, Bilingual Haiku Journal, Vol 1, No. 1

your lipstick--
the streak of a summer
tanager

     Wah, Bilingual Haiku Journal, Vol 1, No. 1

snow squall
the lengthening distance
between us
    Failed Haiku, Jan 2016

moon rings--
over the city a layer
of smog
     cattails, early 2015

life stages--
the baby in her womb
shifts position

     hedgerow #9: a journal of small poems

how snow falls--
the white belly feathers
of the finch

     Jars of Stars, December 2013

snow banks--
the curved back
of swans

     Jars of Stars, March 2014

the tree--
one hand to heaven and
one to the ground

     Jars of Stars, February 2014

cattails--
at the edges of a haiku
reading     
     Haiku Canada weekend ginko walk, 2014, third place


red cedars
who does the crow
tame
      Haiku Canada weekend ginko walk, 2015, honourable mention     

antimatter--
lost in a polar
vortex   
     Red Dragonfly, Winter 2014


into the deep
of the longest night--
the poet
     Shambhala Times, Midwinter Haiku Contest, first place haiku

falling snow--
the line between life
and death
      Neverending Story

hibiscus and jasmine--
the whiff of other places
in my tea
     Gnarled Oak, Issue 2 

wishbone of a tree--
who would turn her back
to the moon
    Moon Shine, A Canadian Poetry Collection, Craigleigh Press

breeching orcas--
the white underbelly
of the chickadee

     Jars of Stars, May 2014


Gardens (a haiku sequence)

budding moon--
the flower turns petal
to the sky

moon dial--
shadow of the evening
primrose

night lily--
yearning for the moon
and the stars

sunset--
a moonflower
waxes
     Moon Shine, A Canadian Poetry Collection, Craigleigh Press

brockville, ontario
the ghost playing organ music
at midnight
     brass bell online journal: home places, Dec issue 2016

moon phases
        moving closer
to my endgame
     Failed Haiku, Dec 2016

diminishing moon
none of the staff speak
to the residents
     Failed Haiku, Dec 2016

Black Friday
in the visitor parking
a hearse
     Failed Haiku, Dec 2016

Christmas Day
     season's greetings
from online stores
     Failed Haiku, Jan 2017

birth order
my big sister makes me kiss
her foot
     Failed Haiku, Jan 2017


    








© Marianne Paul 2011