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Haiku: Observances of Nature

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Fall mist hovers over the water

About Haiku Poetry

Traditionally, Japanese Haiku was constructed with 3 lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count framework. Also, traditionally Haiku had to be about nature. Over the centuries people have written Haiku on other topics, with different syllable counts. Being the nature lover I am, and a woman of tradition, I choose the original form. I hope you will enjoy the Haiku poems I have written below with the accompanying photos. The history of Japanese Haiku poetry is fascinating. Writing good Haiku is an art. I have not arrived at being a gifted Haiku poet, and I am still learning how to create it appropriately, but I find it a beautiful form of poetry and enjoy writing it immensely. Thanks for stopping by.

Solitary Death

Blackening, lonely fall leaf

Blackening, lonely fall leaf

Misty Fall Night

Moonrise through fall mist.

Moonrise through fall mist.

Haiku on Fall

Fall Mist

The fall mist hovers

Heavy over the water.

Quietly eerie.


Free Fall

Quivering silent

Autumn leaves bid me adieu

Free falling with grace


Glorious Death

Crimson, gold, and brown,

Leaves falling to their death,

In glory they die.


Fall Winds

The fall winds blow fierce

Ushering in leaves

From my neighbors yard.


Misty Fall Night

Moon rise through blue mist

Shrouding hills and autumn trees

Eerie call of hoot owl


Firestorm of Fall

The firestorm of fall

blazing, brilliant, startling leaves

hot, flaming, autumn


Solitary Death

Solitary death

blackening, lonely, fall leaf,

sorrowful and rude

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier - Snowy, stately monument

Mount Rainier - Snowy, stately monument

Snowmen

Armies of snowmen on winters  cold battlefield

Armies of snowmen on winters cold battlefield

Winter Birds

Birds play on winter morning

Birds play on winter morning

Winter

Snowmen

Armies of snowmen

On winters cold battlefield

Their enemy, warmth


Mt. Rainier

Fills the Northwest sky

Snowy stately monument

Unforgettable


Winter Birds

Flit and flutter gay

Birds play on winter morning

Catch me if you can


Winter Air

Biting winter air

Frigid, exhilarating

Brain cobwebs be gone


Jack Frost

Jack paints the world frost

Icy glittering white coat

O’er branches and grass




Spring Flowers

Spring flowers Lori Colbo

Spring

Spring Return

Alive springs the earth

Blooming and budding return

Color and scents sweet



Spring Flowers

Radiant spring blooms

Reflecting Gods glory

O newness of life


Summer Grass

Rich green blades of life

Rich green blades of life

Summer

Summer Grass

Rich green blades of life

Lusty scent of summer grass

Carpet for bare feet


Summer Rain

Summer rain falls soft

Sweet and soothing melody

Settling hot dust


Summer Gardening

Till the loamy soil

Fertilize, prepare the rows,

And plant bitty seeds



Bird Feeder

Gorging of bird seed

Gorging of bird seed

Birds

Robin

Trill of the robin.

The clarion song of spring.

Welcome back redbreast


Bird Feeder

Pushing and shoving

Birds vie for best position

Gorging on bird seed


Welcome Feathered Friends

Welcome feathered friends

Feast freely upon my lawn

Get along now, hear?


Crows

Cawing, menacing

Ebony, obnoxious, crows

descending in mass

Darn Stupid Gophers

Creatures, Critters, and Insects

Racoon

Masked, crafty, raccoon

Fearless, bold, brazen bandit

Scavenger invades


Darn Stupid Gophers

Great mounds of fresh earth

Like a minefield in my yard

Darn stupid gophers


Cricket Serenade

Crickets evening song

Serenading summer nights

Keeping me awake


Crabs

Hiding under rocks

Exposed to sun they scatter

It hurts when they pinch

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Purposeful, focused

Determined pollinator

Tireless bumble bee

Torrential Rains

The torrential rains of the pacific northwest

The torrential rains of the pacific northwest

Wind Storm

Weather

Torrential Rains

The torrential rains

Of the Pacific Northwest

Bleak and soggy wet

Wind Storm

Howling in the night

Winds batter and strip the trees

My little home shakes


Raindrops

Raindrops shimmy up

And across my car window.

Rain dance chorus line


Hail

Icy pellets fall

Resounding, pit, pat, pit, pat

Bouncing, bouncing, hail

Tulips

Sea of tulips, vast

Sea of tulips, vast

Crocus

Crocus, purple Lori Colbo

Dandelions

Scattering, floating on wind

Scattering, floating on wind

Roses

Silky, satin, velvet, rose

Silky, satin, velvet, rose

Flowers, Trees, and Other Growing Things

Tulips

Sea of tulips, vast

Glorious red blooms flood fields

Spring time gift from God


Crocus

First sign of spring bloom

Purple crocus, peek-a-boo

Random through the grass


Daffodils

Yellow faces raised

Lifted to heavenly skies

Declares God’s glory


Roses

Delicate, fragrant

Silky, satin, velvet, rose

Beautiful, divine


Dandelions

Globe of feathered seeds

Scattering, floating on wind

More dandelions? No!


Weeds

Roots down to china,

Propagating invaders,

Self-will run riot


All Poems © 2011 Lori Colbo. All rights reserved.

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Comments

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on March 20, 2020:

Thank you Laurin.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 19, 2020:

You are right it IS an art...that you have mastered

John Welford from Barlestone, Leicestershire on May 23, 2019:

Wow! What a lot of haikus! However, despite saying that you stick to the original form, I see that you don't always do so!

Lori Colbo (author) from Pacific Northwest on October 22, 2015:

Thank you Surabhi.

Surabhi Kaura on October 22, 2015:

Lovely!

cre8ivOne from Midwest, USA on October 08, 2011:

Many wonderful haiku here! Great job! I wrote a few recently, they can be a challenge working with the syllables but it is a nice poetic form. : )

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on July 06, 2011:

Lovely!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 05, 2011:

Thank you for sharing information by example. Beautifully done!

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on July 05, 2011:

Haikus are beautiful forms of poetry and your expression is magnificent. Thank you for brightening my day!

Forever His

lambservant on July 04, 2011:

Thank you Biaya. I love to write them because nature to me speaks of our Creator, who made all these lovely things for us to enjoy and see his majesty. It can be a dark and scary world out there and reflecting on the beauties that are still out there, brings a sense of hope and meaning. God bless and thanks for stopping by.

Binaya.Ghimire on July 04, 2011:

I love haikus, they are very short and strikes straight into your heart. Your compositions are beautiful. I loved the way you group haikus into a single theme. Perhaps, I will comeback and read again.

Terry Chestnutt from Cleveland, Ohio on July 04, 2011:

I think these are very good. You do well with this difficult form. I have seen some bad ones. I attempt it sometimes but it is always a struggle. Good work!