three haiku

O. Koson 1931

O. Koson 1931

small chrysanthemums
white and yellow gaze at clouds
in blue autumn sky

aki no kumo**
Chase each other across fall
Sky – children playing

**autumn clouds

Hawk flies between sky
And pond – shadow on water
Only frogs can see.

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33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thefeatheredsleep
    Oct 24, 2015 @ 22:52:48



  2. Harbour Admin
    Oct 24, 2015 @ 22:54:48

    Haikus are not as popular today as I would like them to be.

    I hope you continue to write them 🙂


  3. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 09:48:12

    Lovely. ❤


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 12:00:51

    You have captured a lot of autumn feeling here… The frog might be the famous on of Basho?


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 25, 2015 @ 12:26:20

      Ha! I didn’t think of that! He is simply a frog I met at the wedding yesterday which was held in the country, outside in an open field beside a tranquil pond. I was walking after the wedding bybthe pond talking to a cousin who is quite an artist and teaches art to elementary kids. He loves it. A hawk was overhead drifting and we both commented on its reflection over the pond. I showed him the frog a few feet away from us being very still until it was gone. I said, my next haiku. He was delighted. He wants me to send a few haiku for his kids to illustrate. What a happy thing can come from a plain country frog.


  5. whimsygizmo
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 14:51:24

    Truly beautiful. The last one reminds me of Basho’s frog. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 25, 2015 @ 14:58:01

      Thank you! I didn’t think about that frog. If you read my reply to Bjorn you’ll get more info about that little country frog I met Saturday. Frogs are so cool.


  6. Sanaa Rizvi
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 15:04:39

    Such a beautifully mesmerizing set of haikus ❤


  7. Sherry Marr
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 15:11:17

    I love the whole idea of clouds as “sky children – playing”. Lovely.


  8. Miss Stacy
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 15:31:31

    so lovely. each one a poem all it’s own, yet they fit together perfectly.


  9. ZQ
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 16:10:14



  10. Donna@Living From Happiness
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 17:52:46

    Three fabulous depictions of fall…I loved the last line of the third poem….


  11. humbird
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 18:10:08

    O, so wonderful haiku! Gaze of flowers, childish skies, pond as shade for only frog to see. You made me feel a kid again. Ths.


  12. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 20:07:29

    I especially like the hawk one.


  13. Mary
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 21:41:34

    The first is soft and gentle.
    The second….I like picturing the clouds chasing each other.
    The third is my favorite! Love the frog’s eye view!
    A nice set, Toni.


  14. kaykuala h
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 22:50:43

    Great haiku set Toni! How so observant when the subject matter is on daily episodes!



  15. thotpurge
    Oct 25, 2015 @ 23:38:19

    Only the frogs can see… that’s a great haiku!


  16. andysmerdon
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 03:03:56

    My favourite is the last one, here is my attempt:

    silent moments wait
    hawk drifts on autumn zephyr
    missing careful frogs

    Thank you for sharing 🙂


  17. dsnake1
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 08:28:54

    good set of haiku. enjoyed them.
    love the 3rd one. sense some tension in the imagery. the frogs see the shadow of the hawk, but has the hawk earlier seen the frogs and is merely making a pass to come back? 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 26, 2015 @ 08:34:55

      Well, he didn’t come back that day. He probably found a slow sqirrel that better suited him. I watch him making several slow passes and then close enough down the final pass, I could watch his reflection almost the entire length of the pond. I also saw a few last frogs become very still. So the frogs and I saw him and his reflection/shadow but only the frogs matter.


  18. Jae Rose
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 09:00:11

    There is a definite sense of calmness and serenity in this piece – simply beautiful


  19. macjam47
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 23:01:50

    Your Haiku are always beautiful.


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