Haiku Poetry Day Celebration Post

April 17 has been designated National Haiku Poetry Day by The Haiku Foundation. This event was commemorated in cities across the U.S. with haiku readings. I had hoped to host an event here in Portland, but as that did not come to pass this year, I instead hosted a virtual event right here on this blog. Thanks to all who participated!

the lawn dotted
with dandelions

Cara Holman

spring madness
the sound of doves
and then a crow

Stevie Strang

(Shiki Monthly Kukai, March 2012)

stiff breeze
white petals fly
against traffic

James Rodriguez

late winter
the ache in my bones
as I lay them down

Kat Creighton

(World Haiku Review, Spring 2012)


cherry blossoms
the tea leaves in my cup
gather into an ocean

Alegria Imperial

(NaHaiWriMo, 26/03/12)


time with old friends
poems in a journal
from years ago

Ellen Grace Olinger


waters of spring
everywhere the smell of mud
and worms

Angie Werren

(Sketchbook — “waters of spring’ kukai — feb 2012)


wearing white
at the moon party –

Stella Pierides

(Dottie Dot award, February 2012)


hope is evident
in fronds reaching, grasping
light of a veiled sun

Marie Elena Good


I have discarded
the long-held belief that waves
crash one at a time

Marie Elena Good


spring breeze…
the jester’s cap
and bells

Claire Everett

(Magnapoets 8, July 2011)


the breathless space between
spring sun

spring snow

Kathy Bowman


hard rain…
the weightlessness
of petals

Pamela A. Babusci


tree buds my students ask me why I write

Margaret Dornaus

floating on water
the scent of magnolia
summer breeze

Christine L. Villa

(ITO EN North America New Haiku Grand Prix
Semifinalist for the month of August 2011
Shukan New York Seikatsu newspaper)

cherry blossoms…
the bride-to-be offers
a sun-kissed cheek

Kirsten Cliff

(DailyHaiku Cycle 12, October 30, 2011)


spring cleaning
the daffodils have gone
leaving their skins

Merrill Gonzales

22 thoughts on “Haiku Poetry Day Celebration Post

  1. All haiku posted are beautiful! 🙂

    Oh, I missed this post. I wish I were able to participate… Anyway, I’d like to share this. 🙂

    floating on water
    the scent of magnolia
    summer breeze

    ITO EN North America New Haiku Grand Prix
    Semifinalist for the month of August 2011
    Shukan New York Seikatsu newspaper

    • And thanks again for taking part, Ellen. Your haiku really speaks to me. While sorting through my parents’ old papers, I found poetry written by my mother, and even more surprisingly, a poem written by my father and another by my grandfather. Who knew?

  2. Cara, your April celebration has been such a wonderful addition to the usual poem-a-day activities. I am thoroughly enjoying visiting your site daily to see what smiles it will bring. Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the showcase, Marie Elena. 🙂 I was originally going to host a handful of poets, but once I really got started, I found it hard to stop!

  3. Dear Cara, I’m so sorry I missed this!

    spring cleaning
    the daffodils have gone
    leaving their skins

    This spring has been devoted to spring cleaning for me of necessity…and I have missed so much of the wonder and beauty of not only the explosion of flowers this spring, but to so many wonderful poetry moments with dear friends.
    So glad you did this. Merrill

    • As I learned from my days as a Girl Scout leader, Merrill, there is always room for one more. 🙂 Check out the post again– your wonderful haiku is there now. Our daffodils are fading here too– your haiku captures that perfectly!

  4. Hi Cara! This is my first visit, and I see that I am behind, re Haiku Poetry Day!! If you hold this blog event again next year, I would really enjoy participating! I’ll be back for a more leisurely visit when I get some chores done (arrgghh!) Have a great weekend~~love, Caddo

    • Thanks for stopping by,Caddo. Actually, you don’t have to wait an entire year! Later today, I will be announcing a new opportunity for contributing poetry, in honor of Poem in your Pocket day, on April 26. Stay tuned!

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  7. Madeleine– I agree with you about limericks and haiku, only I would order them with haiku first. 😉 This feature was so popular that I may not wait a year until trying it again!

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