National Poetry Month — National Haiku Poetry Day

For me today is the gem in the crown of poetry days.  It is National Haiku Poetry Day.  I’m sure you can find haiku all over the web today, but in the “Mostly Haiku” section of my sideboard are many of my favorite haiku writers and their sites.  To do my part, here are a few haiku to celebrate poetry and the day.


daylily scented path
closer to father’s grave

shaken awake
cherry blossom dream
cheeks still wet

walk in cool dusk from mailbox your letter sealed

rain drops on ice — love note in forgotten book

new moon pond twinkles fireflies

sunset willows
lace shadows on frozen pond

pine tree perched
blue jay watches my cat
fall out

beyond this thunderstorm I weep your harsh words

blackout friends — Basho, Shakespeare and candlelight

pick berries
spit out stems
harvest favorite photo
(for Shawna’s Monday Melting at rosemary mint)

You’ll find even more poetry at dVerse: Open Link Night.


About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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56 Responses to National Poetry Month — National Haiku Poetry Day

  1. Thomas Davis says:

    You are quite a poet. These are lovely. I’ll admit I like your longer imaginative poetry better, but the small poem, like a haiku, are actually more challenging to write if you are going to make them good poems, and your poems are always worth reading.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thomas Davis,
      Welcome back. I agree that haiku are challenging. I’m rarely satisfied with mine, but I do like these. I’ll see if I can find another sonnet for your soon. 🙂

  2. Great haikus. I esp. like the one for Shawna’s prompt!

  3. Eve Redwater says:

    “pine tree perched
    blue jay watches my cat
    fall out”

    I love this part so much! 😀

    • Yousei Hime says:

      That’s my favorite out of the bunch. It actually happened. I hadn’t realized cats could fall (silly notion, but I thought they’d jump before falling). He fell right out of the tree, and swear that jay was laughing with me. Thanks for reading and sharing these with me.

  4. ayala says:

    I enjoyed this…. Lovely !

  5. did that post? Is wordpress being naughty with me on Yousei’s royal and gorgeous blog today?

  6. These are all extremely beautiful, Yousei! each a mini-movie in itself.

    I am humbled and moved at your butterfly wing words.

  7. Another nice write. If you’re impressing the mess out of Shawna, you know you’re doing something right 🙂 By the way, the hotel we stayed at for our anniversary last week had tons of little “stone rabbits” in their flowerbeds…made me think of your blog pic up top.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I enjoy Shawna’s comments so much, such great detail. I appreciate yours as well. If you ever go by that hotel, snap a photo. I’d love to see the stone rabbits.

  8. hedgewitch says:

    Lovely and I like that you gave us so many–very generous with your haiku and your well-wrapped ideas inside them are like little extra gifts. The blue jay one made me smile, but to me the first is the most amazing.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I really appreciate your comments. The first is special to me. I haven’t been to my father’s grave in a while. With another age marker approaching, health issues budding, children growing…I can’t help but think about my own mortality as well as the father I miss. Thank you for coming by and sharing all of these with me.

  9. Jennifer Worrell says:

    I want a cherry blossom dream tonight! Beautiful!

  10. nonoymanga says:

    The zenith of poetry. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga.

  11. leahJlynn says:

    Sorry I miss your post, I still can’t figure out this art. I after reading your I see it as a bit intimidating and it appears you have a lot of discipline with your creativity. Lovely.

  12. Gay says:

    How did I miss it as haiku day! Well I’ve written plenty. I’ve posted a little ditty instead; however you are treating us to love pieces. I liked the cherry blossoms very much; but they all were entrancing. Really lovely.

  13. ManicDdaily says:

    These are just lovely, Yousei. I also especially like the cherry blossom dream, but they are all beautiful. K.

  14. sandy says:

    Wow, I like every thing!

  15. Shawna says:

    “new moon pond twinkles fireflies” … so pretty 🙂 I want to climb into this one.

    “sunset willows lace shadows on frozen pond” … Maybe my favorite! I adore “lace shadows.”

    “pine tree perched / blue jay watches my cat / fall out” … Ha ha ha! Too funny. 🙂

    “beyond this / thunderstorm I weep / your harsh words” … I think you are your own thunderstorm, and the aftermath is someone else’s response (harsh words). Or maybe it’s as simple as someone was mean to you and made you cry. 🙂

    “blackout friends — Basho, Shakespeare and candlelight” … Nice! I love being in the dark. Especially taking a shower or bath with the lights off. But reading poetry by candlelight sounds pretty yummy as well.

    “pick berries / spit out stems / harvest favorite photo” … Love. Keep the good, forget about the bad, and keep the best as a memento.

  16. Shawna says:

    “rain drops on ice — love note in forgotten book”

    This is gorgeous. Falling raindrops on ice. Would that begin to melt the ice a bit, or would the rain just freeze as well? I think it’s warm rain and the love note is thawing you out. And then there’s the indulgence of hiding away with a book; that in itself is delicious. Let’s mix and match, combining the rain and the book. My favorite combination. 🙂

  17. Shawna says:

    Your one-liners are my favorites because I can decide where to break them.

    “walk in cool dusk from mailbox your letter sealed”

    walk in cool / dusk from mailbox / your letter sealed
    walk in / cool dusk from mailbox / your letter sealed
    walk in cool dusk / from mailbox your / letter sealed

    So many possibilities! The person could be emotively cool; the dusk could be temperately cool. The time of day could be dusk; the “dusk” could be what comes out of the mailbox or what goes into it (an ending, a beginning of a season of darkness). “Your” could mean you, or it could mean me—the sender or recipient of the letter. The letter could be real or a metaphor. The letter could be sealed; the decision or the final word could be sealed.

    This makes me think of a junior high kid mailing a love letter and regretting it after putting it into the mailbox. 🙂 Or maybe this is about a break-up.

    In truth, it leaves me with a feeling of peace, like you just took care of something you’ve needed to do for a while but have been putting off. Now you’ve taken care of it and you can move on to the next thing on your list.

    I overanalyze, I know.

  18. Shawna says:

    “shaken awake
    cherry blossom dream
    cheeks still wet”

    Apparently cherry blossoms symbolize clouds, the ephemeral, Buddhism, mortality, feminine beauty and sexuality.

    I just read this while researching: “The Japanese have long held strong to the Buddhist belief of the transitory nature of life and it is very noble to not get too attached to a particular outcome or not become emotional because it will all pass in time.”

    In dream analysis, cherry blossoms mean luck, spring, femininity, and youth. Dreaming of a cherry tree means rebirth and reawakening.

    My favorite is “cheeks still wet,” carrying over the world of dreams into the world of reality.

  19. Shawna says:

    “daylily scented path
    closer to father’s grave”

    You are the lily, and with each passing day (scented and sweet, or bitter and foul), you are walking farther down the path toward his grave/your own grave.

  20. Laurie Kolp says:

    I really like this… so beautiful and well-crafted.

  21. Shawna says:

    I am insane over your haiku. I’m going to have to leave a separate comment for each one. Each deserves its own post.

  22. brian miller says:

    ooo ilike much…esp the cherry blossom dream…and the love notes in forgotten book….these are really cool…happy haiku day…smiles.

  23. slpmartin says:

    This was such a joy to read…so many images conveyed well.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you. I just stopped over and read a handful of yours. I’m sooooo behind in my reading. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I always feel inspired after reading at your site.

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