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'Dusk' in Haiku and Other Poems

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Breaking the Rules

There are so many rules with Haiku. It amazes me that such a little tiny poem could have so many rules attached. For one thing, I don't think they are supposed to have a 'Title'. But I've given mine titles anyway. Let's just call it poetic licence, shall we?


Dusk hangs lightly
softly whispering a song
long into nightfall


Etched light between bronze
leaf and white flower, hidden
hummingbird pauses


Cherry tree blossoms
sun-warmed, white, frilly, flirting
awaiting the bee

What about Rhyme?

I've heard (many times) that a Haiku is not supposed to rhyme. Another rule broken here.

Barn Swallows

They returned today
from a long journey away
right out of the blue

Beach Holiday

A white horse glides
Full Moon rides the sky
at low tide

Siesta in a Treetop

Afternoon sunlight
warming drowsy birds -- dreaming

Face Up

In Snowdrops nodding
bed, one Dandelion smiles
face up to the Sun


I can't honestly say, I don't really know, if any of these poems would be considered technically correct 'Haiku' in the traditional sense. But I've tried to write them in the spirit of the genre, to capture a moment in nature that tells the reader what season of the year it is. And, to hopefully gives the reader a sense of being there at that moment.

Further Reading:

A wonderful inspiring article by Hub Pages author and poet Linda Crampton - Haiku and Three-Line Nature Poems: Facts and Examples

Ten Thousand Words

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