Spring and Autumn Rain (a haiku collection)

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These poems are my first attempt at "Haiku", so please bear with me if they aren't perfect. I don't really think this will be my forte but I have to try everything at least once.

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Spring Rain

Spring rain makes me smile

Birds sing, flowers bloom brightly

The world is alive.

Green

Send the rain down Sam

The land is brown and dying

Green is much nicer.

Raindrops on the Roof

Such a welcome sound

It is raindrops on the roof

Heaven on iron.

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Naked in the Rain

The caress of rain

Massaging my naked skin

I don't care who sees.

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Rain, Rain, go Away!

"Rain, rain, go away

Come again another day,"

Who said such dumb words?

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Waking Up to Rain

Waking up to rain

Tap tapping on the window

Makes my day happy.

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Autumn Rain

Welcome Autumn rain

How I love to hear your beat

Sweet pitter patter.

Poetry by John Hansen (c) 2014

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An absolute fantastic write here the photos are beautiful and your words are truthfully written


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I'm not knowledgeable about Haiku, but your verses are beautiful. Raindrops . . . is my favorite.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, I love these! I love the sound of rain cleansing the Earth. Rain Rain Go Away gave me a chuckle. I love the final picture in this hub. Too cute!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Jodah, This is beautiful, perfectly lined. 5-7-5. I used to do haiku poetry, i love it....


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Singing words gently into my heart. Woke up in the dark this morning and was greeted by a wonderful rain. Our desert here needs it so badly. I think your poems brought it to us. Thank you friend. If a butterfly batting it's wings in China can cause wind in Colorado, how much more so a poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Devika, thank you for your compliments. So glad you enjoyed these poems and photos.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to receive your kind comment MsDora. I had read a few Haiku poems but never written any before either. Glad you like the raindrops one.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, John, if you love rain you would love Washington where I live. LOL Loved the haikus. You are a writer with excellent depth and range.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shauna. I adore the sound of rain too, it happens so rarely here. Your kind comments are appreciated.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ruby, good to get praise from someone who has written haiku before. Have you written any in hubs? I'd like to read them.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

I enjoyed them all, but specifically "Raindrops on the Roof"

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric, I couldn't do a rain dance so I wrote these poems. Glad they brought you rain in the desert ;)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill. If some of us get too little rain, others get too much I guess. I much appreciate your kind comments. Oh, that landslide in Seattle, Washington, was it anywhere near you?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Eric, that's my favourite too.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wonderful Haiku John ;so much said in so few words. Voting up, across and sharing.

Also wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Jodah, You must go back to find my haiku poetry, some two years ago, the latest, eight months ago. I found seven. My favorite. ' A haiku, Island paradice ' Hope you enjoy and thank you for asking. Cheers.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eddy, your comment is always much appreciated, especially the vote up and share.

Thanks Ruby, I'll go find them right now.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Superb haiku poetry! Well, I believe your first attempt at writing haiku is successful. Enjoyed reading each one! Up and more Beautiful! Have a great day, Faith Reaper


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Well done, enjoyable Haiku with great photographs, thank you. Jamie


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Loved the haiku poems and the lovely images, beautifully done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@Faith, I much appreciate your generous comment as always. Thank you for the vote up.

@ Jamie, thank you for reading these poems. Glad you enjoyed.

@ Jo. Thank you for reading and your kind comments.


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Hi Jodah.

Up and beautiful.

Once talented, always talented you are. Leaving your text enriched and fine, with soul soothing "Spring rain."


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that generous comment Michael, I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed this poetry.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah I loved them all my fav naked in the rain :)


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

got drenched jo


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Frank. You would like that one...lol :)

Yes sujaya, sure did :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I very much enjoyed your haikus! I'm glad you tried them and hope for some more. You images were also great complements to your poetry.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain... I am singing along to the video! lol! This was really lovely, I love your haiku's! hope you get the rain you need, nell


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Flourish, I am so glad you enjoyed these haiku and the photos. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Nell. I am still singing that song too as it rains outside. We have had 130 mm in the last four days which is wonderful. Glad you enjoyed these haikus too.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Rains are my favorite sight to see. Children laughing all the way and enjoying rains, people rushing past the streets with beautiful umbrellas in their hands and above all the musical sound of pitter patter of rain mingling with a gentle touch of wind. My all these feelings arose in me when I read your beautiful haikus. Well done, John, though this is your first attempt but the craft and effect of these poems is awesome ! Loved reading the poems and enjoyed myself a lot. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

What kind words from you Harishprasad. Thank you very much and I am please these poems evoked those feelings in you. Thank you for the vote up also.


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Anita lesic 2 years ago from Zagreb

What can I say? Beautiful ;)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You don't need to say more than that Anita. Thank you.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful in it's simplicity, Although I loved all the beautiful verses my favorite was also about the sound of rain on the roof. oh, it's such a soothing sound. Thanks for sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

It was my pleasure to write these haiku and share Dana. I may write more as they seem popular. Thanks for your kind words, rain on the roof is a wonderful sound.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful Haiku, John. The rain on the roof is my favorite. Voted up and shared. :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Genna, also the vote up and share.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Good for you, experimenting in new genres! Your poems are awesome and the pictures and titles well-chosen. Great work! I love the sound of rain, too, so these really resonated with me. Cheers!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Laura. I appreciate you reading these poems and for your kind comment. Glad you could connect with them. Cheers back.


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

good job Jodah. I think this is your forte lol the one Rain rain go away made me laugh. I say that all the time when it rains but i don't like rain as you apparently do.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Nikki, glad you enjoyed these. If we got a lot of rain here I would probably say "rain, rain, go away..." too, but we have more drought conditions than rain, so it is always welcome.


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

ah it is always raining here, especially on weekends when I am off of work sucks!


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

'Rain, rain go away' was written by one of us over here in the UK - we've had a very soggy winter. You need me to come back to Queensland Jodah - it rained for the first time in four years when I arrived in Brisbane in 2007!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok CMHypno, come back now Actually towards the end of March we did get a good amount of rain, the first really for the year. But it seems to be gone again.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

fantastic!

I love every of it. I love the rain too.

"Rain, rain, go away

Come again another day,"

Who said such dumb words?

you are so right! dumb words indeed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you My friend, glad you loved these. It seems the rain appeals to those of us living in dry countries. The English for instance think otherwise.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

The video stole my heart - one of my favorite songs. You are inspiring me to try my hand at haiku. Beautifully done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks vocal coach, one of my faves too. Go for it, this was my first attempt. I didn't realise haiku was so popular.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Oh--nicely done! I find haiku to be difficult--yours seem effortless


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, it was a challenge like anything new, but I can't say I really found it difficult. I guess different people are suited to different forms of poetry.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love the rain and this hub, Jodah. That chipmunk holding the flower really makes me smile and feel good, it is so cute.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Phyllis. Yes, I loved that cut chipmunk pic and had to find a place for it.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I have had my share rain until I read and enjoyed your hub thoroughly.I have to let you know you made me a rain lover again. Everything had a flow like rain to it.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Dream On, I understand if you have had as much rain as you it may get a bit much, but just think where the world would be without it. Thanks for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Hi Jodah. The Haiku poems seemed okay to me. The photo with the flower for the umbrella was cute. I voted this up and across, pinned and shared it. I loved it.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Kevin. Yes I was quite pleased with the result. Glad you liked them and thanks for the vote up.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Delightful.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Gypsy, much appreciated.


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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

A good start. I especially liked the one with "Waking up to rain . . . . This particular haiku contains action, sound, and feeling. Good job!

Heaven on iron--good contrast!

In German, the "Rain, rain, go away" goes:

Regnet, renet, gehe forte

Ging weg bis ein anderer ort!

Translation of last line: Go away until [you get to] another place! In other words: Rain somewhere else!

Are you familiar with the Sesame Street song, "It's a Rainy Day?"

Photo: I love the little gerbil (or whatever) holding the flower.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Marie. Interesting, the German translation. Not sure if I have heard the Sesame Street song "it's a Rainy Day" or not. Yes that pic was too cute.


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Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

Awesome! I also like writing haiku, get great enjoyment from the vibes as I write them with real feelings that fills my heart. I have a hub about my thoughts, on haiku, I always take my camera with me as I concentrate on my subject. Thanks for sharing your with us.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Elsie and your kind comment. I have to check out your hub about haiku.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

John,

This is a wonderful collection of haiku. It brought make memories of when I was in Australia.

We arrived in Alice Springs and were traveling to our motel. There were a freak hailstorm, followed by rain. The Todd River, which is frequently dry, overflowed.

We


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

What an experience Daisy. Glad these brought back memories. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

These are great Jodah. Haiku is a favorite form of poetry for me. I love Green, Raindrops on My Roof, and Naked in the Rain in particular. Keep up the good work.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you lamb servant, your kind comment is much appreciated. Take care.

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