Friday, July 31, 2009

Haiku Friday July 31-09

Hosted by Christina at A Mommy Story.

I write haiku in the Japanese tradition, not counting syllables or always restricting them to a three line form.

Haiku are about images and the five senses, they do not use the poetic devices of Western literature. Read them very slowly, one line at a time, and do not think with your mind, but visualize and engage all your other physical senses.

Three of my own haiku that were chosen for The Herb Barrett Award anthology Through the Spirea (1998) edited by Michael Dylan Welch:

the last basket
of root cellar apples
rain in the orchard

late chores
a pair of moths

follow the lantern

leaves in the wind

the carousel horses


I have two copies of a The Tree It Was (2002), a 16 page chapbook of haiku that I'd like to give to followers of my blog who appreciate this kind of poetry. I'd be happy to sign them if asked.

Leave a comment indicating that you'd like to be entered and verify that you are a follower. Entry is open worldwide until midnight Thursday August 13. I will announce the winners in this column the next day.

*All of the poetry on this page is copyrighted by Sandra Fuhringer and may not be used without permission from the author.


  1. The Haiku you have penned are beautiful, but I don't really read poetry :) So don't enter me!

    Thank You for the wonderful giveaway!

  2. Yours is beautiful. I write haiku and have had a few publications. You can read some at my haiku blog at
    Hope you enjoy it

  3. Each one is a little gem!

    I love writing haikus to all my photos!

  4. Lovely Haikus. Years ago when I was teaching fifth grade I introduced my pupils to Haiku. They enjoyed that kind of poetry and several came up with very interesting examples. I'd love to win this book.

  5. i would love to be entered in the contest! i've started writing haikus via blogging and would like to learn more about it.

  6. I had no idea that the haiku I'd been taught was not the traditional haiku. Yours are lovely!

  7. Beautiful poetry Sandra! I've never tried writing Haiku before but I'd certainly want to learn. I like what you said about not following the Western style and sticking to the Japanese tradition. I think that gives them a more ethereal feel. I'd like to enter the raffle :)

  8. I'd love to be entered- and i'm a follower :-)

  9. I love your Haiku Fridays and always mean to participate along with you, but always forget! Imagine that, I know!:)

    If you can send me the book of Haiku, I totally won't object. :-)

  10. All three haiku are beautiful and easily imagined. I can taste the first, put myself in the second and get lost in a day that contains images like the third.

    I'd be tickled to win a signed copy of The Tree It Was!

    I am a follower.


  11. I find the western form easier for my silly poems, but the traditional form is more lovely. I'd be delighted to win your book.

  12. would you enter me in your book giveaway? I am a follower

  13. Wonderful - I love haiku, and yours are very clean and very evocative - the line about carousel horse takes me to many places.

    I'm a follower, and I'd love to win this book!

    teabird17 %% at % yahoo dot com

  14. I would love a chance to win a signed copy of your haiku. That would be great.

    I just love haiku and have written some myself, along with cinquain and other short forms.

    I could feature you on the virtual poetry circle one of these Saturdays!

    savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

    I follow the blog in google reader.

  15. Thanks for visiting & here's a little gift from the originator of haiku, Arakida Moritake(1473-1549).

    Fallen flower I see
    Returning to its branch-
    Ah! a butterfly.

    Have a great 2012.



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