Haiku dates back to 16th century Japan, though in the English-speaking world it has only been present for the last 130 years or so. It’s increasingly building up interest in the West, thus nowadays haiku is the most popular form of poetry on the web.

The traditional structure for a haiku poem consists of three lines, with five syllables for the first and third lines and seven syllables for the middle. Although using 5-7-5 is no longer considered to be the rule for haiku in English, it’s still often taught that way to children in school.

My Haiku Poems:

Amid Wind’s whispers
Yellow sun smiles upon us
Dark clouds float away

Rampant random thoughts
Run amok while wandering;
Require reflection

Leaves appear like lace
Silhouettes against the sky
At dusky twilight

The writer’s journey
Left brain, right brain ebb and flow
Energy creates

Authors’ universe
Uptlifting, encouraging
Reciprocal support

Poetic license
Permission to play with words
Just for fun–haiku.

The writer’s process
Intimate and revealing
Personal and pure

More Haiku Poems


The Tanka poem is very similar to haiku but Tanka poems have more syllables, with 5-7-5-7-7 syllables to form five lines.

Tanka Poems


Spiritual Poems

Guest Poems

Poems from Guest Poets Dr. Heather Rivera and Dr. Marjorie Miles.