A Year’s Worth of Haikus

A light-hearted read for the weekend: haikus for every season, and a good excuse to upload some favourite pictures.


Perfect crunch on ice

Spiked boots and burning muscle

Welcome warmth of soup


Where are friendships now?

The chalet sighs for Christmas

Lights buried in snow


How much hope, what joy,

When stubborn hardy rootling

Gushes forth from sod!


Long before the fall

The camellia’s head hung low

Blushing memory


Scented white lilac –

However brief its glory

There is no contest


No cherries this year.

I wonder if this season

Will greet me again.


So much life and hope

Drinks and laughter lighten

On long summer days


Annual body roast.

Not a second on the beach

To savour salt air.


Back! Back! They twitter.

Settling nicely in the groove,

Keeping tan well creamed.


Demented squash shapes

Stretch out arms imploring, catch

Chill hush in the air.


So it closes in:

Each year a little harder

To bear the long-streaked rain.


Not naughty, not nice –

Can it be time already

To freeze our desires?

11 thoughts on “A Year’s Worth of Haikus”

    1. Now that you mention it, I am not sure a rootling can really gush out of the soil – because it’s the plant itself rather than the root that surges forth… Ah, well, details, details, as they say when they cut the wrong man’s head off!

    1. Yay! Your comment came through this time. Sorry about the glitch before (we had a thunderstorm that day, maybe that explains it). Japanese haikus are actually supposed to be seasonal – or at least have an allusion to the seasons or months in every single one. Of course, Western haikus very often do not have that.

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