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Haiku Corner 2022

 

Welcome to the Haiku Corner, an ongoing project of collaborative poetry

that brings together the UK and Japan through the creative power of haiku.


In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year. Haiku Corner was created in 2020 in response to the peculiar “season” we were all living in due to the covid pandemic, with the aim to be a creative outlet for members and friends to embrace haiku as a means to express their feelings and experiences during that time.

When we started the project, we could not have anticipated how far it would reach, with hundreds of entries from people of all ages coming in from all over the world – from the UK, Japan, India, China, Romania, Greece, America, and the Caribbean! We are very pleased that so many have been inspired; thank you to all participants for sharing their haiku with us.

In the third year of the project, our hope to build a haiku community hasn’t finished yet. We look forward to seeing Haiku Corner grow further and to receiving many more of your poems. Please find out below how you can participate in the Haiku Corner 2022.

Visit the pages of the Haiku Corner 2020 and Haiku Corner 2021 to read poems from previous years

*Image: Detail from 'Kocho bara' ( 黄鳥 長春, Bush warbler and roses) by Katsushika Hokusai, 1834 (circa) © The Trustees of the British Museum.

How to Contribute

  • We invite poets, writers and people of any age and expertise to send us their haiku by email, tag us or use the hashtag #JShaikucorner on social media. The weekly deadline is on Fridays at 12:00 noon (BST).
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  • Every Monday we will select one haiku among those received the previous week and post it as the haiku of the week on this page and on our social media with the name or alias of the author.

  • Haiku sent must be original and belong to their authors as copyright holders. The Japan Society will not accept any responsibility for the content published. By sending their haiku, authors agree to its publication in our website and social media.

  • The Japan Society will not use any haiku published or received for commercial purposes and will follow the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions regarding the use of data and the website content.

  • If you need some tips and inspiration before composing your haiku, check out our short video How to Haiku with Haiku poet Paul Conneally.

Haiku of the Week

Week 22

(13 - 17 June 2022)

Teatime and haiku / Grandma’s favorite teacup / Reading the tea leaves


Week 21

(6 - 10 June 2022)

line of goslings / crossing the road - / school bell

 Week 20

(30 May - 3 June 2022)

after rain - / on a blade of grass / a string of suns

Week 19

(23 - 27 May 2022)

A traffic sign / overgrown with ivy / points at the sky

 Week 18

(16 - 20 May 2022)

tinkling coins / ... the jingles / of an ice cream van

Week 17

(9 - 13 May 2022)

dandelion fluff / my illusions blown / by the north wind

Week 16

(2 - 6 May 2022)

sun after rain / overgrown by nettles / my grandma's yard

Week 15

(25 - 29 April 2022)

field in flames / the sun sets / in every poppy

Week 14

(18 - 22 April 2022)

a field of daisies / as if the moon had seeded / the warm earth with stars

Week 13

(11 - 15 April 2022)

The plum tree blossoms / In neighbour's unkempt garden / Spring embraces all

 Week 12

(4 - 8 April 2022)

spring fever - / my neighbor paints / his fence green

Week 11

(28 March - 1 April 2022)

taking wing / the heron parts from / his reflection

Week 10

(21 - 25 March 2022)

Vernal equinox / still too early to change / from my winter wardrobe 

Week 9

(14 - 18 March 2022)

tiny white furry fleeces / lamb jumpers / in green sunny fields

Week 8

(7 - 11 March 2022)

from next door's garden / peeking over the fence / hopeful sunflowers

Week 7

(28 February - 4 March 2022)

Facing the heavens / Yellow flowers awaken / A faithful rapture.

Week 6

(21 - 25 February 2022)

Shocking pink / Under the snow / A camellia blossoms

Week 5

(14 - 18 February 2022)

Screams of wild goose / searching for its lost flock – / moonless night.

Week 4

(7 - 11 February 2022)

cold spring breeze / that touches the skin - / white plum blossoms

Week 3

(31 January - 4 February 2022)

Unmasked at dawn -- / fresh, green graffiti / on the footbridge path.

Week 2

(24 - 28 January 2022)

distant horizon / a ship disappears between / the earth and sky by Chen Xiaoou

Week 1

(17 - 21 January 2022)

nibble by a moth / my kimono sleeve - too long / since my trip to Japan

More Selected Haiku

Week 22

a lake of blue sky
mirrored in the water beneath
shimmering clouds

Ceri Marriott

quiet hillside —
lifted against the sky
the deer's antlers

Goran Gatalica

hot today
the damselflies dance
with the dawn

Helen McCarthy

curled up
under the shade of a tree
orange peel

Claire Thom

old photos
not as wrinkled as
we are now

Claire Thom

acacia in bloom
little girl feeding sweet flowers
to her dolls

Elena Malec

first day of summer
a little girl drowing
sun on the pavement

Zoran Doderović

evening stroll
returning home to the nest
crows

Robert Kingston

lifeless desert
the profile of sand hills
changes lively

Chen Xiaoou


Week 21

summer breeze
the fresh laundry
on clotheslines

Goran Gatalica

the cries of gulls
enjoying the feel
of warm sunshine

Goran Gatalica

music is free—
in the neighborhood park
a hummingbird

Ernesto P. Santiago

midday sun
a squirrel hot foots it
across the road

Robert Kingston

the same spot
beneath the bush
yesterday’s wren

Robert Kingston

silent night
hearing a train
a mile away

Chen Xiaoou

Like picking flowers
children choose each other in
a summery buzz

Jules K Blue

duvet day
reluctant to leave
its soft mists

Helen McCarthy

one memory
after another, floating
paper boats

Christopher Calvin


Week 20

piano concerto -
accompanied by the strings
of the rain

Dan Iulian

forest walk
only birdsong
for morning tune

Christopher Calvin

away from home
I stay with the bees
for a while

Christopher Calvin

lily pads -
a dragonfly scanning
its shadow

Florin C. Ciobica

visiting grandma . . .
crumbled into hot water
the pu-erh tea cakes

Goran Gatalica

across the bay
pink-tinted mountains
bidding a friend farewell

B. L. Bruce

gray morning
lifting from the coast bramble
taste of salt

B. L. Bruce

snail way
what is
the rush

Elena Malec

above the lips
the flavors of childhood-
first cherries

Angela Giordano

cabbage garden
a slug looks for his home
every night

Mircea Moldovan

scent of linden tree
a baby in the strollers
falling asleep

Zoran Doderovic

pomegranate jewels
dancing on my tongue
bursting scarlet

Katherine E Winnick


Week 19

lagoon afterglow
an egret staring
through stained glass

Richard L. Matta

Stacked high at the store
Regular as Girl Scout treats
Blueberries are in

Jean Gordon Kocienda

Mango creamy smooth
Cold and orange in my hand
Summer’s first smoothie

Jean Gordon Kocienda

beyond the gate
my dad's combine harvester
full of fireflies

Goran Gatalica

no need
for any color
blackbird's song

Mirela Brăilean

beneath the petals
the scent of peonies
a bee

Katherine E Winnick

swarm of beesperfuming
the entire street
old acacia tree

Elena Malec

light rainthe
lark in the nest
dry the song

Angela Giordano

blissful
watching butterflies
kiss flowers

Luke Levi

quiet afternoon
only the chant of the bees
drifting to heaven

Helen McCarthy

Spring night, birdsong
Drifting into sleep it stops
Starts when I awake

Lucy Beevor

 


Week 18

clear sky-
the step is lightened
among the peach trees in bloom

Angela Giordano

spring breeze –
from the grass
waving a cat's tail

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

whirlwind -
waltzing dandelion fluffs
across the border

Lavana Kray

morning stroll . . .
the idle hum of the bees
in my cochlear implant

Goran Gatalica

pressed petals
the fragrance permeates
through the chapters

Chen Xiaoou

swallowtail resting-
collecting my thoughts
among wildflowers

Elena Malec

my six-year-old niece
collecting shells at the beach
to restock her shop

Claire Thom

dawn in the garden -
in every dewdrop
sparkling one sun

Dan Iulian

summer drought
darker than usual
his farmer's tan

Nika

forgotten path
pointing my way home
butterflies's swarm

Mircea Moldovan

 

 


Week 17

In the clear moonlight
Voluptuous pink bloom
Midst of marshmallows

Anita Bacha

grass whispers
overhead telling
lovers' tales

Helen McCarthy

red potter wasp...
in the mud nest a green caterpillar
緑の芋虫赤蜂の泥の巣に

Christina Chin

Wrapped in peonies
Tightly bound
Kimono's embrace

Natalie Leon

climate change –
the garlic is quite late
in sprouting

Goran Gatalica

father and son
building sand castles -
making childhood memories

Ceri Marriott

a frog gurgles
under the lily pad
blossoming lotus

Katherine E Winnick

in the echo
of our breath -
green seedlings grow

Katja Fox

the busy road
cars, pedestrians and
goats

Yasir Farooq

a star leaves the pond ...
the water lily opens
at dawn

Mircea Moldovan

spring rain
joy of tadpoles
in new puddles

Christopher Calvin

 


Week 16

marshmallow petals
falling from a bubble tree
blossom candyland

Helen McCarthy

how many seasons
will we bloom again, these old
cherry trees and I

Helen McCarthy

on the red roofs
a flight of swallows-
i travel with them

Angela Giordano

no breeze
among poppies
heat wave

Florin C. Ciobica

bluebells
their scent stirs
the silence

Florin C. Ciobica

for a short time
escorting a butterfly -
the wanderer wind

Dan Iulian

blackbird sings a song
of resounding beauty -
the day starts with a smile

Ceri Marriott

spring wind
swinging chimes
celebrating

Christopher Calvin

night lake
under each water lily
a sleeping star

Mircea Moldovan

summer night
staring at a star that
exists no longer

Chen Xiaoou

A warm welcome
in front of the station -
a chestnut blooming

Zoran Doderovic

 


Week 15

abracadabra . . .
the overlapping shadows
of first butterflies

Goran Gatalica

childhood
shaping all clouds
sky artist

Christopher Calvin

Dog days
the drowsy buzz
of bees

Mirela Brailean

five o'clock tea
the canary's yellow song
trouble the silence

Mircea Moldovan

warm stone -
a butterfly alights
on Buddha's shoulder

Lavana Kray

water lily
all over the old pond
no moon reflected

Chen Xiaoou

duck waddles over lawn
pursued by a line of chicks -
spring on the move

Ceri Marriott

back from school
afternoon milk tea
jar of cookies

Anita Bacha

all across the seas
the song of the humpback whale-
all we need is love

Katja Fox


Week 14

A hillock of silken sheets,
dunes of sand,
desert sand.

Arjumand Rasiwala

crow black as night
perched on blossoming branch
quiet melancholy

Dahlia Sen

tedious sleeping
a round, blackened pebble drools
under the fish tails

Kexin Huang

the spring we longed for
hustlng through wild flowers in order
next up, the bluebells

Patricia Brooks

A spring rain
soaked the scarecrow’s
new garment.

Zoran Doderovic

Elegant willow
Wears its furry flower coat -
Hum of happy bees.

Thomas Connolley

daughter's wedding . . .
the cherry petals fall
like confetti

Goran Gatalica

cackling fire
warming up
the frozen feeling

Christopher Calvin

the full nests-
how to fill the void
of this heart

Angela Giordano


Week 13

goshawk overhead
the wings of death are wide and
often quite unheard

Helen McCarthy

new neighbors
discreet and perfect –
turtle doves family

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

the sun settles
on a handwritten note
apple blossoms
花林檎手書きのメモに日の落ちて

Christina Chin

bonsai garden
sculpting life
little by little

Christopher Calvin

Lord of the manor
Comes to greet his guests - resplendent
Peacock display

Ceri Marriott

Beyond the breakers
A dolphin’s spout breaks the waves
The cry of seagulls

Geoffrey Philp

just the vagrant wind
daring to shake
a twig in bloom

Dan Iulian

scent of hyacinth
fills the empty room -
mother's birthday

Zoran Doderovic

new dawn
the faint whisper
of new life

Katja Fox


Week 12

for three weeks
raining
can't dry the washing

marc brimble

Skipping stones
Our discussion leap
Into nothingness

Christopher Calvin

New leaves have masked
last year's litter —
tidy old town.

Andrew Smith

sunflower buds
the unchallenge dominion
of a dark bee

Ernesto P. Santiago

spring morning
the cherry blossoms' flavor
of my coffee

Mirela Brăilean

gentle breeze
blossom falls and floats to earth
showering confetti

Ceri Marriott

open window -
a dandelion fluff pairs up
with baby's hair

Lavana Kray

bombing Mariupol
a frenzied garble of wind
between the ruins

Goran Gatalica

April rain-
the smell of the earth
above the skin

Angela Giordano

hanami festival
happy gathering of
pink kimonos

Chen Xiaoou

frisky wind
showers of petals
fly like snow

Helen McCarthy

returning to the nest
a mountain swallow
cut the sky in half

Mircea Moldovan


Week 11

cautious crowds with masks
Hanami more difficult
for those with glasses

Claire Thom

How soon we forget
Magnolia's pale beauty
When cherries blossom.

Thomas Connolley

exquisite wild flowers
Easter bluebells
イースターベル美しく野辺に咲く

Christina Chin

time to mow the lawn
baby rabbit feasts on grass -
put lawn mower back

Ceri Marriott

as far
as the eye can see
sakura

Mirela Brăilean

planetarium
the star projector pinpoints
spirals of our dust

John Hawkhead

coffee's gone cold
cup still half full
April fool

Sen

fluttering
two white butterflies
become one

Zoran Doderovoc

morning fishing
father and son
drink dew from clay cups

Mircea Moldovan

apple pip planted
by three year old grandaughter
blossoming now, too

Patricia Brooks

a walk in the woods
where the unseen is
where the unheard lies

Christopher Calvin

 


Week 10

long rain -
a smell of apple pie
flooding the village

Lavana Kray

The crab
walks sideways
avoiding problems

marc brimble

clusters of stars
in the green sky
spring on margosa

Daya Bhat

level crossing
my glance fluttering
with butterflies

Zoran Doderovic

brimming
bromeliad cups
spring showers

dl mattila

left the laundry on
the line overnight and woke
to find it frozen

Jules K Blue

on every tree
ten thousand leaves and
my life one

Helen McCarthy

 

 


Week 9

a bell far away
chiming-in spring-wind
遠くより響く鐘の音春の風

Christina Chin

spring down
cat's eyes and ears
filled with chirping

Zoran Doderovic

The first dog in space
Laika!
come back!

marc brimble


wild horses
drinking water from warm puddles
first rainbow

Mircea Moldovan


A burst of spring blooms
Erases distant thoughts of
Life’s impermanence

Therese Adachi

 


Week 8

snap dragon
stops and starts
talking hands

Ernesto P. Santiago

rainy evening -
in every drop at the window
a street lamp

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

Winter’s frozen fingers
Warmed by spring’s purple blossoms
And a coat of butterflies

Malcolm Rothery

departing winter -
even the roadside weeds
feel like hope

Deborah A. Bennett

Lone child at border
Drags plastic bag and passport
Through all this darkness.

Clair Ballantyne

church bell
striking at wrong time
a violent tempest

Chen Xiaoou

true darkness dwells
lamps lit at night in spring
the white envelope glows

Miwa Vicary

crowded birds
on the frozen fence -
cancelled flights

Lavana Kray

In the cold east wind
The bird feeder swings
Brimful with seeds

Lucy Beevor


Week 7

gibbons come for breakfast
island resort
リゾート島朝食にくる手長猿

Christina Chin

on the platform waiting
only pigeons -
abandoned station

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

rain sprinkles
a slow rhythm
of reflection

Christopher Calvin

See the lights downtown
Imagine all the people
Feel the plane take off

Evelyn Wood

Spring, summer, autumn
Yellows, greens, oranges, and reds
Bleached to winter white

Malcolm Rothery

wintry dusk
field hare tracks going
back to childhood

Florin C. Ciobica

abandoned house -
on the snowy stairs
fresh footprints

Lavana Kray

on a leaf that
flutters past my window
rides a butterfly

Chen Xiaoou

quiet sunrise
in the dog's empty cage
a duck and ducklings

Mircea Moldovan

the field horsetails are
listening to endless chatting
without sitting down

Miwa Vicary

the snowman
ready to leave, looks
at the river

Zoran Doderovic

 

Week 6

winter sun
quietly leaving
the conversation

Christopher Calvin

sudden pour
an eagle lighting
on the branch

Chen Xiaoou

winter sky -
in my watercolor
the brush opens the cherry blossoms

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

Felled trunks and lopped limbs,
soon nothing but kinks in the path,
after the storm.

Andrew Smith

Curling medals shared
Great Britain and Japan -
Women top the world

Ceri Marriott

springtime symphony
forgotten bulbs bloom again
sea of irises

Kevin Hogg

I gaze into blue
An orange-peel sun squeezes
Sweet clouds stained with juice

Esther Greaves

not the wind through the pines -
but my mother's voice
in mine

Deborah A. Bennett

cafe on stilts
down below a monitor lizard in search of scraps
モニターに蜥蜴や高床式のカフェ

Christina Chin

snow storm –
refreshing wild flowers
in tea bags

Lavana Kray

A small frozen leaf
Shivering in the cold world
Tears of silent souls

Seija Virtanen

budding plume trees
my mother takes from the closet
a storks kimono

Mircea Moldovan

End of winter day.
A snowman left only
in the schoolyard.

Zoran Doderovic

while wishing for
a dream of seven colors
a girl eats hina-arare

Miwa Vicary

come papa, come quick!
on the front porch swing
a bored bug

Ernesto P. Santiago


Week 5

Color of the sky
Contrasts the heat of the week
A brief cool down

Ethan Schmitt

from me were you at
a distance away, or close by—
red firefly?

Ernesto P. Santiago

Snowflake symmetry
Perfection gently falling
Trodden underfoot

Malcolm Rothery

a single snowflake
drifts past my windowpane
the neighbour hides

Katherine E Winnick

Wilted leaves
A universe unfolds
Inside my chawan

Natalie Leon

Sun-warmed cracked landscape
Moss forested, lichen lawned -
Ancient garden wall.

Thomas Connolley

red brolly
dancing down the road - toddler
splashing in a puddle

Ceri Marriott

window sill--
bread crumb after bread crumb
close friend, crow and I

Christopher Calvin

dry rivers –
a frog leaps
in Bashō’s pond

Lavana Kray

spring fever
I can't drive the cold
out of my bones

Florin C. Ciobica

spring sun
a cat walks its kittens
on the rotten fence

Mircea Moldovan

 


Week 4

Sparkling like strings of pearl,
glistening morning dew,
pearly dew drops.

Arjumand Rasiwala

train station window –
a cloud of freight
passes without stopping

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara

February, cold
and dull — a red rose on the pillow
warms the heart

Ceri Marriott

​high snow -
a starling pecks the button
of the door bell

Lavana Kray

Write in the orchard
Sun dazed ink sodden pages
Quietly happy

Hebe Pollard Smith

high-speed northbound train
fields blur by as landscapes wake
faster than a swift

Kevin Hogg

the distant hill
it is never too green
there a few daisies tremble

Mircea Moldovan

Thunder and lightning.
The names of centuries
engraved in stone.

Zoran Doderovic

mango trees
whispering earth's truth
still waters

Katherine E Winnick


Week 3

frozen window
next to the hot tea
a postcard with Mount Fuji

Mircea Moldovan

In the street
a butterfly
red and yellow cars

Marc Brimble

COVID restrictions—
The snow continues to fall
during quarantine

Ben Grafström

​white horses gallop
rabbits scud across the sky
swiftly shifting clouds

Kevin Hogg

Snowdrops, white capped heads
Nodding gently in breeze - spring
Around the corner

Ceri Marriott

snowy day
the way back home
twice as long

Chen Xiaoou

snowflakes
a surplus of silence
in the cemetery

Florin C. Ciobica

parents’ place –
dozing off in their house
two snails

Lavana Kray

winter daybreak
in the net of bare branches
the sky is braided

Zoran Doderovic


Week 2

Drumming and drilling
Going on In the distance -
Woodpecker at work

Ceri Marriott

silver white smelt
the scent flows like a melody
in boiled red plums

Miwa Vicary

Creeping evenfall;
a smooth silver moon whispers
to the falling sun.

Grace Greaves

​singing with joy
while I hang out the washing
cheerful sparrows

Claire Thom

winter thunder
a herd of chamois
above the pines

Mircea Moldovan

a bear family
at the city gates
pale morning light

Mircea Moldovan

Slate skies, muddy paths
Pond half glazed with meagre ice -
White joy of two swans.

Thomas Connolley

Fragile, winter winds
Susurrus of rustling leaves
Shall we draw the drapes?

Therese Adachi

A bickering cloud
Jackdaws swoop as dusk descends
Gone - all is quiet.

Clair Ballantyne


Week 1

Gloaming hour,
golden glow of sundown,
glorious Twilight.

Arjumand Rasiwala

little fly
cleaning your hands
keep me good company

Paul Griffiths

Cut flowers, pine cones
Bringing us the winter sun
Standing in the vase

Erin Niimi Longhurst

​Blanket fog
Ducks' wings gleam like moving mud
Across an invisible field

Ceri Marriott

I lie still in grass
It waves and yields to me
Small quiet slumber

Hebe Pollard Smith

I stare at the shelves
Cereal in brown boxes
Is better for me.

Clair Ballantyne

joyful patchwork
in the middle of sewing
I miss the passing years

Miwa Vicary

crisper mornings
longer days
a fresh start

Kevin Hogg

Plunged in midnight gloom,
The city of violet haze,
Quietly I walk.

Esther Greaves

The gate is broken
There is nobody around
A breeze is blowing

壊れた門誰でもないが おそよ風

André Rostant

 

 

 


How to Haiku: Beyond 5 7 5

Find more about how to write a haiku in our video with haiku poet Paul Conneally who introduces the key elements of haiku, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about. Watch this short 6 minute piece to stimulate ideas, and see what benefits haiku can have for you and your loved ones.