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Updated on November 29, 2012

Finding Wisdom through Haiku poetry for Parents and Children

Welcome - I would like to share some haiku poems from The Light of Wisdom - Haiku Poems for Parents. The haiku are intended to inspire the natural wisdom of parenting and to celebrate the open eyed wonder of being a child. These haiku will support you as a parent in finding empowerment, connection and creativity with your kids. We will consider a few of the key themes of Haiku such as Zen Wisdom, Nature, Simplicity, and Enlightenment. You will discover Haiku for Parents, Haiku for Children, Nature Haiku, Haiku for Creatures and Zen Haiku. I enjoyed writing these poems and I wrote them from a quiet and joyful space. My haiku follow the 5-7-5 syllables of traditional haiku but I do hope that you enjoy the modern feelings, themes, and resonance of my poems.

The Light of Wisdom - Haiku Poems for Parents

One reviewer wrote "These are delightful, insightful haiku poems encouraging parents to motivate their children to be more open-minded, to have the confidence to explore their environment and develop their personal interests and reach their full potential."

Take a moment to resonate with Haiku


Gathering quietness

Breathing slow at the window

When will the snow fall?

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Parents - Integrity

Through integrity

Banish fear and prejudice

Children will be led

©2011 Steve McCloud

The Essence of Zen

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." Zen Saying

By its very nature beyond scripture or belief the Essence of Zen involves an otherness, a sacred feeling or intuition, which manifests directly from Spirit. There is nothing that needs to be done and there is nowhere particular to go. "Before enlightenment chop wood carry water, after enlightenment chop wood, carry water"

The Essence of Zen requires you to bring an easy and playful focus to your role as a parent. Consider becoming a silent witness to your feelings, thoughts, and actions. The process of becoming more attuned into your own experience will bring you greater options as how to respond to your child's immediate needs. The greatest empowerment you can offer your child is to meet them where they are. A child that is able to first serve their own needs ahead of those of the parents is a child who is able to confidently express their own gift and contribution.

The final goal of Zen is enlightenment. Enlightenment is a direct alignment with Spirit. My favored definition of Enlightenment is that it is an ongoing process of evolution and discovery rather than a sudden shift into another dimension or heaven. The Essence of Zen is that 'aha' moment of shared wisdom, a vision of wholeness and peace, within a world seemingly engaged in control and conflict. Children are very good at sharing with us those most profound moments that fill us with joy, wonder and laughter.

Haiku for Children - Monster

When the lights go out

The monster under the bed

Goes quietly to sleep

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Parents - Communication

The wedding ring

Open communication

Children will sparkle

©2011 Steve McCloud

when two hearts connect...

Haiku for Creatures - Cicada

The conversation

One answering the other

Cicada at noon

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Parents - Goddess

The glamour moment

Silver sequin evening dress

From mum to goddess

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Children - Smile

Faster than light speed

Brighter than the Milky Way

A travelling smile

©2011 Steve McCloud

Zen Haiku - Master of Zen

Turn and look away

Staring back from the mirror

The Master of Zen

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Children - Invisible

Sunshine after rain

The puddle evaporates

Invisible soul

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Parents - Two Hearts

When two hearts connect

The light of the Evening Star

Sewn into the seams

©2011 Steve McCloud

Nature Haiku - Raft

Worries drift downstream

The river in slow motion

A bright raft of moon

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Children - Lucky

Lucky the lawn gnome

Postcard from Venezuela

The long journey home

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for Nature - Reverence

Two sister's giggle

Tiptoe by with reverence

The Golden Buddha

©2011 Steve McCloud

Haiku for children - Shoebox

Exuberant joy

A frog leaps from the shoebox

The school holidays

©2011 Steve McCloud

Zen Koan

"What is the sound of one hand clapping?"

"Two hands clap and there is no sound.

What is the sound of one hand?"


What is the sound of one hand clapping? This question is a traditional zen koan -- a question posed by a Zen master to a student, to be pondered from within the routine of daily life until the answer opens the true heart of the question.

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The Light of Wisdom - Haiku for Parents

Enjoy an uplifting and sometimes humorous journey into parenting through the enigmatic form of haiku poetry. Steves haiku illuminate the everyday experiences of raising children, drawing upon inspiration from Nature and the insight of Zen wisdom. These short three line poems can be taken one per day to bring a renewed sense of vision and purpose to parenting skills. They will enliven, challenge, and tickle you into making a deeper connection with the natural wisdom and spirit of your child. Children are evolving quickly bringing in new ways of being and acting that don’t fit with the old paradigms of child psychology and education. These children will find an impetus to their natural inclination to explore new experiences and sensations, and encouragement toward a greater ease, empowerment and self confidence.


Harmony connects

Empower the family

Play well together

©2011 Steve McCloud

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful photos, great Lens thanks so much for sharing Love and light

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very simple and elegant

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      7 years ago

      beautiful thoughts and words ...loved it

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Exquisite... your poetic soul. Loved every single essence here. *Blessed*


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