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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! ONE-LINE haiku

Updated: Apr 8

haikaiTALKS: ONE-LINE HAIKU - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Richa Sharma

8th April, 2023


Part 2

Nature has always been a metaphor for the emotional and physical state of the characters in literature, both Eastern and Western.

Apart from primary nature, there is also nature re-created in paintings, poetry, dress, furniture, and illustrated tales. Such a reconstructed nature is called “secondary nature.”

In the transition from the rural to the metropolitan culture, nature has been viewed differently. The common view of nature in Japanese art is an extension of the human, with nature becoming embedded in the urban landscape.

I would like to share a few poems that innovatively use one-line haiku to step deeper into the psychic realm.

above all the finch's song

Carolyn Hall

San Francisco, California

The Heron's Nest Second Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award, Honorable Mention.

mountain shadow robs the tree of its

Kala Ramesh

Roadrunner Haiku Journal 9.3 August 2009

children cross one bridge and the other migratory birds

Pravat Kumar Padhy, India

whiptail journal

Issue 2: Summoning the Sky

(February 2022)

a church steeple harpoons the moon forced childbirth

Robin Smith

2nd Place, Sonic Boom's Fourth Annual Senryu Contest

through cattails / a refinery

M. Kettner

ant ant ant ant ant

Wrench in a coffee can

May 18, 2010

the moon and I shift workers

Stefanie Bucifal, Germany

Whiptail Journal

Issue 3: Into Oneness (May 2022)

crescent things I used to discuss with the dog moon

paul m.

is/let, December 28, 2014

where my tooth was morning birdsong

Lee Gurga

is/let, December 18, 2014

from g the r strangler o figs w what i could n have g been

Kat Lehmann

Under the Bashō 2022

28 October, 2022

from the balcony unreachable mountains

Dimitar Anakiev


21 one-line haiku by Dimitar Anakiev,


trees what will we leave you with

Peter Yovu

Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry

Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3

rewilding my amygdala the palm warbler's chirps

Shloka Shankar

Issue 2: Summoning the Sky

(February 2022)

a “forever stamp” on a letter to the ocean

Fay Aoyagi

Views by Jack Galmitz, 2012

Waking up a thousand birds :: I have to be a perfect dawn

Grant Hackett

tiny mortal drums

between statues the rest of history

Jim Kacian

First Prize: 2008 Kusamakura Haiku Contest (Kumamoto, Japan)

Concluding with a deep and poignant monoku. There is a message for all of us to focus on sustainable development and take full responsibility for the safe disposal of waste of all kind.

all the polymers of a swans’ nest morning breeze

John Barlow

Ormskirk, England

First prize

Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2022

Presence 75

My special thanks to Kala Ramesh and Alan Summers for sharing their vibrant knowledge, poems, and feedback. Thank you to all the participants. Truly appreciated. So much is yet to bloom from the power of your short-form poetry. Keep writing and stay blessed.


Thank you!

Richa Sharma




Shirane, Haruo. Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons Nature, Literature, and the Arts. Columbia University Press, 2012.

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