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Haiku: From Dusk to Dawn

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Catherine has loved nature and animals since childhood and advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things.

The sky is a source of inspiration to many. It's infinite depth brings mystery and contemplation of God's existence. The magical light of the full moon inspires romance and is said to enhance mood and creativity. Sailors use the stars for navigation at sea, and pre-historic people used the stars, moon, and sun as primitive clocks and calendars. Clouds help us predict weather and dreamily fill our imaginations on lazy days. The glorious colors of sunrise and sunset and the Northern Lights of Aurora Borealis attract audiences to nature's greatest shows, inspiring painters, writers, and photographers alike.

Jupiter and Venus

Jupiter and Venus are clearly visible with the naked eye. July 2015.
Jupiter and Venus are clearly visible with the naked eye. July 2015. | Source

The sky has many moods which may be the reason we are so emotionally affected by it. Night's star-filled sky is magical, and the moonlight is serene and romantic. The yearly Perseid Meteor Showers in mid-August, the occasional eclipse of the sun or moon, and the rarer sighting of a comet like the Hale-Bopp in 1997 are spectacular visual phenomenon that we never forget.

The night sky, on the other hand, can be foreboding. I often think of darkness as a heavy cape of psychic claustrophobia. Unless I am outdoors in the great wide open or have a window opened, I dislike the night. It is sweet morning's light that restores my peace. I have expressed these feeling in my haiku verses. I hope you enjoy them!

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Sunset's inferno.

Upward flames lick the sky

Soon snuffed by darkness.

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great horned owl
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Night descends

My anxiety awakens.

Owl, be vigilant!

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Last night's majesty,

A sea of diamonds

Erased by sunrise!

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sunrise at the lake
sunrise at the lake | Source


Dawn's rosy fingers

Coax the night time's swift retreat.

Songbirds claim the sky.

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© 2012 Catherine Tally

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      Catherine Tally 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey! This is the nicest compliment, especially coming from such a talented poet. You've made my day! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Lovely--I find this form challenging--brevity and meaningful verse do not always go hand in hand for me--but you make it look effortless

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi DzyMsLizzy (your name always brings a smile :) I'm glad you enjoyed these. Thank you for stopping by to comment. My best:)

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ooo...I like these...and the photos!! Very nicely done and put together!

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Audrey!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. My daughter took that picture last summer while visiting a mountain lake. It's not often she's up that early! I will relay your lovely compliment. My best to you :)

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello angelo,

      Thank you for the kind comments. It's always a pleasure to see you here! My best:)

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello ignugent17,

      I 'm delighted that you stopped by to read and comment. Thank you for the very nice compliment- appreciate it:)

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nicely written. Liked the Owl be Vigilent line from your first Night to Day haiku.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Beautiful and I like the words "upstaged by the sunrise".

      Enjoyed reading it. Voted up and more!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      These are so beautiful---especially the last one--and such gorgeous pictures! Sharing!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      These are so beautiful---especially the last one--and such gorgeous pictures! Sharing!!!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow, arb! That is a very fine compliment. Thank you!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Your Haiku is really, really good cat! Some of the best I've read. Voted up, up and across.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello snowdrops. Thank you for your thoughtful and encouraging comments. I am happy tht you stopped by to read my haiku. My best to you!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Josh. I am happy that you dropped in to read and enjoy them. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and encourage you to keep working on the haiku form. Whether witty or profound, haiku is a delight to read! I hope the weather is finally behaving for you back East. :)

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Sueswan. Thank you for your comment! The first time I went to camp I remember thinking of the owl as the keeper of the night so I could get some sleep. lol

      I always appreciate your stopping by and wish you well :)

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      very nice and beautiful haikus.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cat,

      Awesome Haikus! I have recently picked up writing Haikus so I enjoy reading other examples so I can learn new things. These are brilliant and well crafted!

      Thanks for sharing and have a great rest of yur weekend!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Cat on a Soapbox

      "Owl be vigilant" Very creative and clever.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello, perspycacious. It is always a pleasure to receive your comments about my haiku since we both enjoy writing and reading it. I am glad that you especially liked these. Thank you for stopping by!

      My best to you :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Haikus "as clear as night and day!" Beautifully constructed and with an ability to speak to each of us.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      These are stunning--you have a knack for the shorter forms!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi, Angelo. I'm so glad you stopped by to read my haiku and enjoyed them. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very nice. Liked all 3.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you,rahul! That is lovely comment. I appreciate your stopping by. :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Wonderful Haikus! Very interesting theme, moving from night to day and you captured that beautifully!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Genna, Arb, and Fennelseed,

      I really appreciate your touching comments and praise! It is so satisfying for me to be among other writers whose work I greatly admire and those who get the essence of mine. It is a joy to share my haiku with you!

      Many thanks!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh Cat, each of these is haiku perfection!!! I love each of them and there is no ppoint cutting and pasting my favourite here, cos I would just be bringing them all here, so let me just say instead "Bravo" cat. Magic words. My votes and best wishes to you and sharing!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Ok Cat, you got me! I will learn Japanese. These are absolutely beautiful!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Cat, these are all so very good!

      I especially loved,

      “As the night descends

      my anxiety awakens.

      Owl, be vigilant” !

      Wonderful. :-)

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Pop, It's always a pleasure to see you here! I appreciate your lovely compliment- thank you. See you at the Inn!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Your work is just beautiful. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good to see you, Gypsy Rose Lee! Thank you for the thoughtful comments and approving marks. The cat in my profile is my precious 12 yr.old baby girl. She inspires me and keeps me company while I write even into the wee hours.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Love owls and hoots in the night. Whose the darling cat in your profile pic? or is it the writer themselves lol Looking forward to reading more from you.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi, molly. I agree with you that owls are "oddly comforting." Most are spooked! I've always been in awe and think of them as guardians of the night. If I were a small animal, I'd be terrified too! Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a positive comment. I'm so happy that you enjoyed them!

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      These are beautiful, Cat. I love the first one especially. My house is out in the woods and I can hear owls hooting at night. It's oddly comforting. Don't ask me why :-)