Haiku Horizon
Haiku and tanka written by
Karin Gustafsson

© karin@ordalag.se (2006-11-02)
Member of the Swedish Haiku Society, Svenska Haiku Sällskapet.
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Haiku and tanka

about living in the present

about the time of the year

about love and other important things in life

About writing a haiku. Links

If you haven't got the slightest clue what the text in the rest of this site means (which, by the way, is in Swedish), donīt panic. Write a haiku or honku yourself.



Some of my haiku

The sarcasm
is better to keep
at the tip of the tongue

At twilight I ask/for your big warm cardigan/you embrace me instead

Leaning backwards/letting the sun lick/my tired body

Is the meaning of life/to puzzle in a haiku/what itīs all about?

Swirl of golden dust,
the street-sweeping machine works
in early spring beam.
The cars doesnīt bother me
as I feel joy in my heart.

Tears in her eyes,
she says
"It must have been the wind"

Nude in the window.
She sees the moonlight
connects us lonely souls

Nude in the window/She sees the moonlight/connects us lonely souls
(Haiku in Swedish)

Drinking hot coffee/my strawberry plants bend/under a quilt of snow


How to write Haiku
It often contains 17 syllables in a set form per line of 5, 7, 5.
It expresses an emotion associated with the seasons of the year/focuses on nature
It depicts a spiritual insight and meaning for the reader.

The falling flower
I saw drift back to the branch
was a butterfly

Tranlated by Babette Deutsch
This is an example of how season can be implied, rather than strictly stated, i.e. butterfly = spring.
Senryu, also called human haiku, is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.  

My honku

Suddenly awake
honksound in the silent night -
end of footballmatch

Canīt participate
Hear the echoes in my brain -
soon Monday morning

By Karin April 21, 2002

What is a honku?

Aaron Naparstek, New York, gets mad when people honk incessantly in his residential Brooklyn neighborhood. Really mad. But how to get even? When egg-throwing proved ineffective, he turned to an ancient Japanese art form. Now the whole neighborhood seems to be doing it.
Listen to Aaron here, (Real audio)
Read about honku here, www.honku.org on Aarons homepage.