100 Haiku Poems

my one hundreth hub

released creativity

the form of haiku


patterns in the sky

moving crafted formation

flocking artistic


The bronze sculpture of Kippie ‘Morolong’ Moeketsi (1925-1983) a legendary South African jazz saxophonist.
The bronze sculpture of Kippie ‘Morolong’ Moeketsi (1925-1983) a legendary South African jazz saxophonist.

kippie moeketsi

touches my creative soul

inspiration jazz


looking for the light

in the centre of the pain

i find my way through


spreading happiness

fulfilling your life’s purpose

be all you can bee


it took me so long

to understand simple truth

the wisdom of time


hear in the stillness

nature's sounds move cautiously

away from silence


the fog imprisons

i don’t know what my thoughts are

can’t hear myself think


playing a dull song

the winter approaching blues

once more with feeling


reflections in the water

looking out and looking in

which side am i on


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Amazing Haiku collection. This one is my favorite:

it took me so long

to understand simple truth

the wisdom of time


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Very nice Haiku and photos Russ. My favorite 'reflections' both the poem and the magically reflective scene. Congratulations on 100 published on Hub Pages! Wishing you continued inspiration in the coming year. Regards, snakeslane


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks Senoritaa, I was reflecting upon how it seems to take so much time for one to work out what actually matters, and this is an individual realisation of wisdom that some are fortunate enough to realise early on in their lives, and some never quite get there. Looking back over the years, I realise that I have finally learned to accept those things I know I can’t change. Thank you for your comments.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Snakeslane, coming from you that is high praise indeed. Acknowledgement such as yours certainly helps keep the inspiration flowing. Russ


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Russ, great haiku with excellent accompanying photographs, thanks.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Jools, much appreciated.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Russ, I gave "awesome' for impeccable taste in photography and matching poetry. Blessings, Debby


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Nice celebration for your 100th hub! I especially like "the fog imprisons" and "flocking artistic"

Voted up.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Debby, blessings to you too.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Chaplin, thank you, I was walking through the fog in Cornwall recently and was amazed at how numbing an effect it had. A few days later I was trying to design a training programme and just couldn't break through. It came to me then that my fog had imprisoned my creative thought.


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maven101 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

Good Morning, Russ...What a great way to begin the day reading your inspiring haiku aloud with my morning coffee...The fog has rolled in here also but your haiku has dispelled the gloom it carries..."and away from silence" }...

Like most worthy things in life, wisdom is hard won and kept close, providing sustenance and meaning to a challenging existence...

Personally, I follow Dirty Harry's admonition: " A fella has to know his limitations "...

Thank you, my friend, for these wonderful haiku I ate with pleasure...May the New Year see more of your thoughtful and inspiring haiku here in HubPages...Happy and safe New Year to you and yours...Larry


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Larry. I like that, being honest with oneself as to realistic limitations is wisdom in itself.

And a happy and safe New Year to you and yours. Thank you as always, for your inspiration. Russ


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Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

These poems are beautiful. They are not fussy or flowery. Their simplicity is what makes them quite unique.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks Rufus, yes, simplicity is the magic behind haiku. Thanks for your comments.


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savanahl 4 years ago

What an excellent collection. My favorite:

"looking for the light

in the centre of the pain

i find my way through"

So beautiful. I'll be sharing this collection.


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savanahl 4 years ago

This is a must read. I love it.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Savanahl!


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jessica.written. 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

hear in the stillness

nature's sounds move cautiously

away from silence..

Isnt it crazy how out in the middle of nowhere. nothing. you can have the most intoxicating experiences through your senses. Nature is silent to an extent that its not silent at all because of all the small, constant noises that the city teaches us to ignore.

THIS ONE BLEW MY MIND.-

reflections in the water

looking out and looking in

which side am i on.

Holy cheese with gravy on toast. mind blown for sure. That was so beautiful. questioning reality simplistically. reminds me of questions of time, space, dimensions, the universe. Three lines really took me a long way.

Thanks for giving me my poetry fix for the day. Hopefully i can repay you one day.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Jessica, you have already repaid me! What great comments. You very obviously 'get it'. Not many do. And that makes it so worthwhile for me. Thank you. Russ


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megni 4 years ago

You are the Haiku master in my book. I say that carefully, not wanting any oriental master provoking my Haiku license I haven't yet earned.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Megni, thank you so much, that is praise indeed. RUss

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