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Good Morning Haiku


good morning haiku

waiting for instinctive verse

with morning coffee


Thank you Larry (Maven101) for suggesting the concept of morning haiku - making a habit to put aside a little time each day to allow haiku to emerge. I have been doing this for a while now and sometimes nothing appears to be coming through - but it’s still enjoyable. And sometimes, I’m delighted with the emergence of new haiku to enjoy. I hope you enjoy these and that you are inspired to write your own.

Writing Haiku

I respect and admire the Haiku tradition but I don't get overly concerned about following the strict format of haiku rules. I do allow a compact portrayal to emerge of what I am trying to express, and let it come across in the 5,7,5 syllable format.

There are many references and tips on how to write haiku, here are some basic guidelines:

  • Haiku poems consist of 5, 7, 5 syllables in three lines.
  • Try to write a haiku only about what actually happens to you.
  • Write when you have been deeply moved.
  • Keep it honest, simple, clear and modest.
  • Try not to explain, it should need no explanation.
  • Try not to express feelings in words, let the concrete action speak for itself.
  • The cutting divides the Haiku in two parts with a certain imaginative distance between the two sections. Line one and two should be different images. Line three brings the two images together.
  • Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word which indicates which season the Haiku is set. For example cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow winter etc. The season word isn’t always that obvious.

How to Enjoy Haiku (and Other Poetry)

Reading verse can be like eating delicious chocolate - so much more pleasurable when it melts slowly in your mouth; so much less rewarding when you snap off big chunks and bolt them whole, all but un-tasted. In our age, one of the glories of poetry is that it remains an art that demonstrates the virtues and pleasures of taking your time. Read out loud. Among the pleasures of poetry is the sheer physical, sensual, textural, tactile pleasure of feeling the words on your lips, tongue, teeth and vocal chords. Allow the images and the meaning to present themselves to you without looking for them, and enjoy.


subtle purple sky

silhouetted icy trees

a winter morning


painted countryside

leaves like freckles on the snow

designer weather


silently moving

perspective in the distance

yet going nowhere


early pink blue sky

every morning like haiku

artists impression


on water frozen

you are standing on the lake

don’t your feet get cold


solitary bird flies

disturbing the illusion

life is a painting


the call for colour

i can hear it through the grey

from a helpless sky


the impact of sound

cutting through silent morning

presenting the day


good morning haiku

with a little bit of harp

I’m playing the blues


awakening light

promises of a new day

streaks across the sky


looked into the dark

waiting for inspiration

no instinctive verse



Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on March 17, 2015:

Hi Rusty,

Thank you. I am passionate about haiku. As with all styles, the creative arts is exciting if one opens oneself to instinctive expression. I am sure you will find the magic of this medium as soon as you let go and allow it to surface. Thank you for your positive feedback.

RustyW from Pennsylvania on March 17, 2015:

Your insight into the realm of haiku is quite passionate; and I enjoyed the tutorial on how to appreciate such work. Being a published author of more modern, western, styles; I am just now beginning to venture into this exciting realm. Keep up the good work, and thank you for the vivid portrayals that your work offered.

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 12, 2015:

Thank you! Much appreciated.

Barbary Chaapel on January 12, 2015:

Great talent for haiku verse! - from one poet to another.

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on July 29, 2012:

And WOW to you too Cat, these comments from you are really appreciated. Thank you. Russ x

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on July 29, 2012:

Hello, Russ.

These are lovely!

This is my favorite:

early pink blue sky

every morning like haiku

artists impression


My best to you:)

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 04, 2011:

Nice one SilentReed, thank you! Hopefully just before allowing haiku to emerge? Russ

SilentReed from Philippines on January 04, 2011:

A chilly morning

the smell of coffee brewing

I light up a smoke

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 02, 2011:

Hi Emily, thanks for the visit and your comments. I love the concept and content of your Sunday haiku and look forward to reading them every week. Russ

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 02, 2011:

Howzit Tony, you know me so well! It's a symbolic cup of coffee, usually a glass of juice. All the best for a wonderful 2011. Russ

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 02, 2011:

Sawubona Larry, thank you, your comment warms my heart on this cold morning, -1 (I long for 7 degrees). Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011 and I look forward to reading some of your work this year.

Emily Hopkins on January 02, 2011:

I sometimes break the 5-7-5 tradition, though I find it challenging and fun to write in. I love the morning coffee, so much said just in that line.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 02, 2011:

"with morning coffee"? Is this the Russ I know? Can it be? LOL!

Love your haiku, as always Russ. Wish I could hear a little of that blues harp right now!

Love and peace and have a wonderful 2011!


Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on January 02, 2011:

Good Morning, Russ...Reading your wonderfully visual haiku on this cold, cold morning ( 7 degrees ), know that my heart is warmed by your expressive words...

I was especially moved by this haiku:

" solitary bird flies

disturbing the illusion

life is a painting "...

I sometimes feel as though I were frozen in a silent tableau, where try as I might, I cannot change the progression of an inevitable outcome...I need that solitary bird to awaken that long slumber of passion...or am I answered by Poe's raven, Nevermore...

I'm wishing you a happy and healthy 2011...perhaps someday we can share a little music...I can accompany your mouth organ with my Apache flute...Sala kahle, Larry

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 02, 2011:

Hi Chisom, give it a go, it's so enjoyable. I look forward to reading your first haiku. Russ

Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 02, 2011:

De Greek! I don't believe that for a second. Thanks for popping by. Russ

oji chisom emmanuel from NIGERIA on January 02, 2011:

i think am gonna learn this

De Greek from UK on January 02, 2011:

Much too difficult for me :-))