A Haiku Anthology

Updated on January 26, 2020
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John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

Bullfrog on a Lilpad
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What is a Haiku Poem?

Basic Definition

A haiku is a three-line poem where the first line has five syllables, the second has seven, and the third has five. The style originated in Japan, and while anything can be the subject, most traditional haiku are about nature or natural wonders.

Here’s a haiku:

"If you can’t pronounce

the word haiku, remember

big HIGH, little coo."

The word haiku is a shortened version of the Japanese phrase haikai no ku, which translates as “light verse.”

(source: Vocabulary.com)

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Pond Life

1. Turtle lifts its head

To inhale a breath of air

Then dives back under.


2. On the lily pond

Dragonflies skim the water

Bullfrogs call a mate.


3. Sacred lotus bloom

Sitting silent in the pond

Your beauty worshipped.


4. Green frog in a pond

Sitting on a lily pad

Croaking in delight.


5. No ugly duckling

But just a beautiful swan

Gliding gracefully.


6. A pond attracts life

Frogs, turtles, bugs, and flowers

Each one has its place.

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Praying For Rain

7. Is climate change real?

Causes much heated debate

Or is that cool maybe?


8. The sun is shining

There's not a cloud in the sky

The drought is too long.


9. Fires out of control

Destroying homes and wildlife

Let's all pray for rain.


10. Rain, rain hear our call

The land is parched and dying

Resurrection time.


11. Look up at the clouds

Floating white in the blue sky

Will they form rain drops?


12. A fresh breeze blows in

Signalling a storm's approach

We should take cover.


13. Waking up to rain

Tap tapping on the window

Makes my day happy.


14. The weather is hot

But it’s raining outside

Humid but welcome.


15. It’s raining again

Thunder and lightning

Storm before the calm.


16. After the rain ends

A rainbow may soon appear

Where’s the connection?


River and waterfall
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Bodies of Water

17. A small stream trickles

But as it travels it grows

Into a river.


18. The river is wide

Flowing and meandering

Through hills and valleys.


19. The river rages

Destroying all in its path

Flood waters, beware!


20. The sea is so vast

Connecting the continents

Ships sail across it.


21. Mighty waterfall

Nothing is more beautiful

Or more powerful


22. Give praise to the lakes

Water sport recreation

Fishing and boating.


23. A bear sits watching

The rivulet flowing by

Fish for lunch today.


24. Salmon swim upstream

Against the flowing current

Spawn, then die, the quest.


25. Water, all around

We need it for survival

And to keep us clean.

Questions & Answers

    © 2020 John Hansen

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Lawrence. Good to see you.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        6 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Enjoyed the poetry.

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        John Hansen 

        8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Jason, thank you so much for your kind words. The haiku fever....haha...as long as it's not the Coronavirus.

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        Jason Nicolosi 

        8 weeks ago from AZ

        Sensational haiku poetry John. I really thought you did a superb job. I enjoyed each and every one. Great combination of nature and the elements. I think in catching haiku fever after that "AH...AHHH...HAIKU! Two thumbs up!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Li-Jen. Yes, I agree that haiku does seem to suit my poetic style because of its simplicity. It promotes clarity too. Thank you for reading.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        2 months ago

        Hi Jodah, I knew Haiku will suit the simple style you have used in your poems. Your poems make things simple by focusing on the present and seeing reality as it is. Thanks for sharing.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Devika. Where I live we have had sufficient rain to keep any fires away for the present time. There have still been a few burning elsewhere but not many.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Jodah hope all is well with you and that fires are no longer a threat to you

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nithya. I am happy that you enjoyed these haiku. Hopefully all fires are out soon.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 months ago from Dubai

        Beautifully expressed haiku. Enjoyed reading each one of them. I hope and pray for the raging fires in Australia to be put out totally.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Flourish, you wrote haiku long before I did then. I only wrote my first a couple of years back., so I am happy that these turned out ok.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much Cheryl.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        I remember writing these in third grade. I loved them then and do now as well. You did a fabulous job.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        Beautiful expression of poetry

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Shauna, thanks for your continued support. It hasn’t rained for a few days now but it is overcast. Another heat wave is predicted for later in the week however which is a worry.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, manatita. I tend to be writing about the things most on my mind at the present time. “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain, I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end....”

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 months ago from Central Florida

        Simply beautiful, John. I can tell each of these haiku came from your heart.

        Are you still having rain?

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        Rain and fires .. better if you had the flames turning into rain. Most needed!!

        Some exquisite pieces here bro.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Liz, I guess practice makes perfect. I am getting better I think but will keep practicing. Thank you.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        You have got the technique of composing a haiku down to a fine art in these beautiful verbal creations.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Peggy. It seems so much of my writing lately is focus on the fires and the desire for more rain. I appreciate your well wishes.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        This is a serious collection of haiku poems. I am so very happy for you and others in Australia that rains have finally come. Of course, the fires are not yet extinguished, so I pray for more rain and the end to the fires.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Diana. Thank you very much. Yes, safe here fortunately but many others have suffered. Take care.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank-oo Clive.

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        Diana L Pierce 

        2 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

        These are beautiful words, as well as the pictures. I hope you are out of reach from the fires. I am praying for all involved.

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        Clive Williams 

        2 months ago from Jamaica

        hi-coo....nice HiCoos John

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MizB, I am the same as you. I only discovered haiku at HubPages and at first it didn’t interest me. I thought I’d give it a go though and actually found it an interesting form to try and convey a scene or feeling in so few words. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Ruby, glad this inspired you to revisit writing haiku. Please do, I’d love to read it.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you very much Alyssa. Unlike you, I only discovered haiku in the last few years. At first I thought it seemed too simple but I have become increasingly attracted to it. I found there is more to it than first appears.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        2 months ago from Beautiful South

        This was a real treat, John. We didn't study haiku in high school or college, so my introduction to it was on this website. I didn't like it at first because most writers wrote so abstractly. But now I see that some poets can state a point with it.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 months ago from Southern Illinois

        This was a real treat. I loved your haiku anthology. I used to write haiku poetry. You inspired me to write another one.

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        I love Haiku poetry. It was always my favorite writing assignment in school. As always, your poetry is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this collection!

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Eric, glad you like this collection of haiku. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I am sure you could write haiku just as well if not better Genna. I thank you though, and glad you got the “rainbow connection.”

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        How could you tell Linda? Yes, you got it. My muse was in control. Thank you.

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I am no evaluator of Haiku but I know what I like and I like this one. thanks.

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        Genna East 

        2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hi John...

        I wish I could write Haiku so well. It's very challenging, but I love your flow of words...

        One of my favs:

        "After the rain ends

        A rainbow may soon appear

        Where’s the connection?"

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        Linda Lum 

        2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        I sense that your land has been crying for rain, for relief, and your Muse guided your words. Well done.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Ann. i guess I was just in a haiku kind of mood lol.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 months ago from SW England

        What a great selection, John!

        In like them all but number 23 conjured up a good image!

        Haikus are great for playing with words and they do certainly lend themselves to the subject of nature.

        Have done a few myself but I have to be in the mood.

        Thanks for the entertaining read.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Lorna. It is great that these haiku managed to capture flow of water. Thank you so much for that generous comment.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        Great examples of this style John and I particularly enjoyed "Bodies of Water" where you managed to create flow (not easy) in my mind. I like to capture images within poetry and your work achieved this for me. Excellent my friend.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Bill, haiku is a good place to start. Thanks for reading and for the compliment

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        If I were to ever try poetry, I would begin with a haiku. It seems doable, even to me. It seems to flow from you like water in a stream....that's a compliment, by the way. :)

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Devika, I'm so glad you enjoyed these haiku and especially number 13.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for checking these poems out MG. I hope you know a bit more about haiku now.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Pamela. Once I started writing the haiku I couldn't stop. It almost became addictive the 5-7-5 syllable structure. I appreciate your kind comment.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Jodah my favorite is no.13. Your Haiku is easy to understand and just superb!

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        MG Singh 

        2 months ago from Singapore

        Nice poem. Didn't know much about Haiku poetry earlier

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        You sure wrote an impressive list of Haiku poetry. I enjoyed reading each one. Thanks for sharing such beautiful poetry.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Tiyasha. Thank you for checking these haiku out. I appreciate your generous comment.

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        Tiyasha Maitra 

        2 months ago from Gurgaon

        Lovely, simply awesome. Picturesque, perfect symmetry and breaths of fresh air. My personal favourite, the salmon one. Thanks for sharing.

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