Y & Z of Haiku

If you’re inspired to make your own haiku alphabet – and there are so many other poems I could have used, please share the link in the Comments section.

Y

canyon dawn:
a bat folding dark
into a crevice

Ruth Yarrow, Lit from Within (Red Moon Press, 2016)

 

sunflower

sunflowers
the tube of cadmium yellow
squeezed flat

D Claire Gallagher, Second place HPNC Contest, 2004

 

Z

 

zinnias . . .
why yes my favourite
was Harpo

Scott Mason, The Heron’s Nest 11.3, 2009

 

never younger
than now
i zest a lemon

Marilyn Appl Walker, The Heron’s Nest 16.1, 2014

 

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V, W, X of Haiku

V

Valentine’s Day —
she reminds me
to fasten my seatbelt

Michael Dylan Welch, Haiku Society of America Newsletter 15.4 , 2000

 

removing
     the bullet-proof vest:
          the heat

Nick Virgilio (1928-89), Modern Haiku 14.3, 1983

 

W

that one kid
with the plastic whistle —
evening heat

Cherie Hunter Day, Modern Haiku 45.3, 2014

 

water-melon

watermelons
the weight of our grunts
breaks an axle

Chad Lee Robinson, The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press, 2015)

 

X

I send a fax
protesting the bombing
pages come out hot

Ruth Yarrow, from The Haiku Apprentice by Abigail Friedman (Stone Bridge Press, 2006)

 

          Listening …
After a while,
     I take up my axe again

Rod Willmot, Haiku (1969)

S, T, U of Haiku

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S

shooting the rapids
even the back of his head
looks suprised

HF Noyes, Haiku Ancient & Modern (MQP, 2002)

 

choosing a swimsuit
when did I start seeing
through his eyes?

Mayuzumi Madoka, Haiku Love (The British Museum, 2013, tr Alan Cummings)

 

T

trail’s end
the taste of wild onion
still sharp on my tongue

Billie Wilson, The Heron’s Nest 6.3, 2005

 

tackle shop for sale –
a tide-chart on the wall
two years out of date

Rodney Williams, Windfall 5, 2017

U

in the rains of spring
an umbrella and a raincoat
pass by, conversing

Buson (tr Kenneth Yasuda)

 

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Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo by Hasui Kawase (1883 – 1957).

 

southern humpback –
     miles of ocean
     pushing back

Scott Terrill, A Hundred Gourds 2.1, 2012

P, Q, R of haiku

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P

platelets —
the trip we were planning
to plan

Roberta Beary, Modern Haiku 41.2, 2010

 

unplanned pregnancy
the hum of a beehive       
beneath the porch

John McManus, Acorn 35, 2015

Q

into the silence
of a Quaker meeting
the scent of roses

Jo Pacsoo, Presence 47, 2013

 

Queen Anne’s lace —
a childhood spent
in second-hand clothes

Mary Kendall, The Heron’s Nest 19.1, 2017

R

Roman road
I carry the dust
further north

Matt Morden, Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2017

 

bison

prairie storm
the darkness disperses
as buffalo

Chad Lee Robinson, The Heron’s Nest 19.3, 2017

M, N, O of haiku

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M

morning meditation
the white cockatoo
just doesn’t get it

Glenys Ferguson, Windfall 6, 2018

 

autumn moon
eclipsed for a moment
migrating geese

Tracy Davidson, Katikati Haiku Contest winner, 2016

 

N

hotel laundry
the weight the maid carries
down to the Nile

Ingrid Baluch, The Mamba #5, 2018

 

distant wren song …
the brown river
slowed to green

John Barlow, The Heron’s Nest 7.4, 2005

 

O

Okavango delta —
dawn climbs slowly
from rhino to rhino

Lysa Collins, Under the Basho, 2017

 

swallow

swallow loops
a farmer clambers onto
his old tractor

John Barlow, paper wasp 13.3, 2007

J, K, L of haiku

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J

joint custody
a child on each end
of the see-saw

Susan Constable, Haiku Canada Review 7.2, 2013

 

horse

thunder-filled clouds –   
over the bridge come
jingling-jangling horses

Cyril Childs, Beyond the Paper Lanterns, 2000

 

K

dry summer –                                                                  
the kale field shimmering
with white butterflies

Catherine Bullock, scattered feathers (New Zealand Poetry Society, 2015)

 

broken whelk
the silky touch
of inside

Jenny Fraser, The Heron’s Nest 19.1, 2017

 

L

the long night
festive lights blinking
at the gun shop

Roland Packer, Haiku Canada Review 10.1, 2016

 

a last year’s lambskin where mushrooms gather dusk

Lorin Ford, Katikati Haiku Contest winner, 2014

 

G, H, I of Haiku

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G

the bouncing ball
       beats the giggling boy
             down the zig-zag

Cyril Childs, Kokako 14, 2011

 

filling the grave
     more earth
than will go back in

David Cobb, Jumping from Kiyomizu: A Haiku Sequence (Iron Press, 1996)

 

H

honeysuckle
I haven’t been touched
in a long time

Robert Epstein, Mariposa 29, 2013

 

her hazel eyes
somewhere between winter
and spring

Gregory Piko, Presence 58, 2017

 

Mosquito

Image: Dunpharlain, via Wikimedia

I

mosquito she too
insisting insisting she
is is is is is

Peter Yovu, Modern Haiku 35.1, 2004

 

call of the wild
I unzip
her sleeping bag

Dave Read, Failed Haiku 22.2, 2017