Haiku Corner

A Tricycle Poetry Club Discussion

Welcome to Haiku Corner!

Savor haiku … Buddha … your life; these are not separate.

"Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention." — Jane Hirshfield

No matter if your practice be Vipassana (“Notice what you notice”) … Zen (“Close to the nose”) … Pure Land (“Everywhere, hear the Buddha Vow calling us to our true home) … Vajrayana (“Take a kindly attitude toward your mind”) … Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, indigenous, humanist, pagan, or nonpractice. From age 9 to 99. Published, pre-published, or doodling flowers in the margins. Here is Dharma Art, par excellence. Haikuyana.

You don’t have to be Buddhist, nor Japanese, to like haiku, anymore than being Jewish to like bagels, nor African American to dig the blues. Haiku teaches how dwelling in the present is to grow intimate with Presence. This shortest of literary forms opens onto the immeasurable. In her spare time the compassionate heart of the universe jots down haiku, and we can too.

Do you write haiku? Read haiku? —Same difference! Haiku enlists our active, imaginative participation. Our co-creation. Yesterday, I called haiku a creative training in deep listening / loving, living language. Tomorrow, I might say haiku is an unrepeatable formula from the source of creation. But criticism can be to haiku, like ornithology is … for the birds.

Haiku is … eclectic … democratic … empowering … educational … and fun . Don’t be shy, introduce yourself. Where do you live ? What’s your day like ? Share a favorite haiku with us.

For those just tuning in to haiku, or who’d like to add to our awakening wisdom, please visit our haiku wiki, in the garden alongside the teahouse. (What looks like a lock on the gate of brushwood twigs is only snail.)

Sweet community supports our growth. From time to time, we might focus on a topic or theme. Or zero in on a haiku for work shopping (play shop, as Paul Reps calls it). Some nights, people elucidate fine points, or share links. Some mornings, people from around the planet share a haiku moment, waking up, before going to work. From time to time, threads of haiku spontaneously cascade.

It’s a wonderful sangha! For easy reference, here are three haiku. One is by a classical Japanese master. One is by a contemporary American pioneer. And one is by …

Yrs truly, Gary Gach palms joined

        A flash of lightning
… the jagged screech of herons
      flying through the night      

               — Yosa Buson

A bitter morning:
Sparrows sitting together
Without any necks.
— James W. Hackett

ripples of heat waves across spider webs of last summer
— Gary Gach

Gary Gach
is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism (Silver Nautilus Award); editor of What Book!? : Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (American Book Award); and translator from Korean of three books by Ko Un, SSN. His poems and translations have appeared in Big Bridge, Bottle Rockets, BuddhaDharma, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Lilipoh, The Nation, The New Yorker, Tricycle, Turning Wheel, and World Haiku Review . He’s taught haiku at the Asian Art Museum, the Randall Museum, Stanford, San Francisco Zen Center, Spirit Rock, Venice Buddhist Temple, and Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts. He hopes to write two or three really immortal haiku in his life time. Home page: http://word.To

[sThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism (third edition). Preview 2nd edition: http://bit.ly/11Uqae Order: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781592579112 Bonus: watch a talk at Book Passage Bookstore, Free Nirvana: http://bit.ly/AxlWK


What Book!? ~ Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop Preview: http://bit.ly/QmWvr Order: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780938077923 Bonus: online adjunct http://bit.ly/8zjvQ


Flowers of a Moment by Ko Un, SSN (Northern California Book Award for Translation) Preview: http://bit.ly/3ija7V Order: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781929918881 Bonus: hear a 20-minute reading (at Moe's Bookst0re) http://bit.ly/YbQcf


(IndieBound.com provides online ordering through your local, independent U.S. bookstore.)


If haiku is one of the 84,000 gates to Dharma, there are likewise 84,000 gates to haiku: as many as moments, and people. And as with Dharma, haiku is a process, not a thing.

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garygach's picture

may be a better
link ::

rain in the forecast
wrong again drenched in sunlight
through & through

through & through ...

garygach's picture

Welcome, all!

-/ Housekeeping

While the white paint dries on the walls here, you might see if you can cross this improvised wooden bridge over the murmuring creek ... to the previous Haiku Corner, which is still ongoing, until the two become linked up :


From today's morning corner, from Pat Sparrow :

election day returns
stirring morning coffee

And the Haiku Corner Wiki, yet to be linked up, for guidelines, etc :


Please continue.
Thank you.

palms joined _/|\_

pat sparrow's picture

Hello to all my ku friends!

Old frog
jumping in new pond
S P L A S H !


mike g's picture

two rocks and a duck
each reflecting an image
all six say 'jump in'

Mark Foote's picture

here's a haiku chain:
the last line becomes the first
fall's leaves, spring's flowers

fall's leaves, spring's flowers
yet as light streams through branches
no sound in the leaves

& one more, please carry it on!

no sound in the leaves
long shadows by the big trees
crows breaking walnuts

lindageisel's picture

crows breaking walnuts
pieces fall on fertile ground
full circle of life

epistinym-grammaton's picture

A murder of crows,
an autopsy of vultures:
What are we again?

coffeyhj's picture

full circle of life
a year of bad habits
sitting, waiting, watching...

John Stucky's picture

I don't have anything to say about Facebook other than I am not involved in it anymore, but I do want to say 'hi' to you Gary....I have joined your little corner of the world. I do write Haiku, but don't think there is too much wisdom in it...it is just practice, or living and trying to pay attention.

garygach's picture

hi john !

that's haiku is a practice ... living and trying to pay attention ... what more wisdom could there possibly be ?

I hope such practice continues & that we might share from time to time ...


Duffman's picture

There are also quite a few haiku pages on facebook.

garygach's picture

are there any haiku pages on face book you wish to recommend ?

i can add them to the links section of the corner's wiki :


do you have any favorite haiku, duffman ?