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Haiku: Observances of Nature

Updated on February 19, 2016

Fall mist hovers over the water


About Haiku Poetry

Traditionally, Japanese Haiku was constructed with 3 lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count framework. Also, traditionally Haiku had to be about nature. Over the centuries people have written Haiku on other topics, with different syllable counts. Being the nature lover I am, and a woman of tradition, I choose the original form. I hope you will enjoy the Haiku poems I have written below with the accompanying photos. The history of Japanese Haiku poetry is fascinating. Writing good Haiku is an art. I have not arrived at being a gifted Haiku poet, and I am still learning how to create it appropriately, but I find it a beautiful form of poetry and enjoy writing it immensely. Thanks for stopping by.

Solitary Death

Blackening, lonely fall leaf
Blackening, lonely fall leaf | Source

Misty Fall Night

Moonrise through fall mist.
Moonrise through fall mist. | Source

Haiku on Fall

Fall Mist

The fall mist hovers

Heavy over the water.

Quietly eerie.

Free Fall

Quivering silent

Autumn leaves bid me adieu

Free falling with grace

Glorious Death

Crimson, gold, and brown,

Leaves falling to their death,

In glory they die.

Fall Winds

The fall winds blow fierce

Ushering in leaves

From my neighbors yard.

Misty Fall Night

Moon rise through blue mist

Shrouding hills and autumn trees

Eerie call of hoot owl

Firestorm of Fall

The firestorm of fall

blazing, brilliant, startling leaves

hot, flaming, autumn

Solitary Death

Solitary death

blackening, lonely, fall leaf,

sorrowful and rude

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier - Snowy, stately monument
Mount Rainier - Snowy, stately monument | Source


Armies of snowmen on winters  cold battlefield
Armies of snowmen on winters cold battlefield

Winter Birds

Birds play on winter morning
Birds play on winter morning | Source



Armies of snowmen

On winters cold battlefield

Their enemy, warmth

Mt. Rainier

Fills the Northwest sky

Snowy stately monument


Winter Birds

Flit and flutter gay

Birds play on winter morning

Catch me if you can

Winter Air

Biting winter air

Frigid, exhilarating

Brain cobwebs be gone

Jack Frost

Jack paints the world frost

Icy glittering white coat

O’er branches and grass

Spring Flowers



Spring Return

Alive springs the earth

Blooming and budding return

Color and scents sweet

Spring Flowers

Radiant spring blooms

Reflecting Gods glory

O newness of life

Summer Grass

Rich green blades of life
Rich green blades of life | Source


Summer Grass

Rich green blades of life

Lusty scent of summer grass

Carpet for bare feet

Summer Rain

Summer rain falls soft

Sweet and soothing melody

Settling hot dust

Summer Gardening

Till the loamy soil

Fertilize, prepare the rows,

And plant bitty seeds

Bird Feeder

Gorging of bird seed
Gorging of bird seed | Source



Trill of the robin.

The clarion song of spring.

Welcome back redbreast

Bird Feeder

Pushing and shoving

Birds vie for best position

Gorging on bird seed

Welcome Feathered Friends

Welcome feathered friends

Feast freely upon my lawn

Get along now, hear?


Cawing, menacing

Ebony, obnoxious, crows

descending in mass

Darn Stupid Gophers

Creatures, Critters, and Insects


Masked, crafty, raccoon

Fearless, bold, brazen bandit

Scavenger invades

Darn Stupid Gophers

Great mounds of fresh earth

Like a minefield in my yard

Darn stupid gophers

Cricket Serenade

Crickets evening song

Serenading summer nights

Keeping me awake


Hiding under rocks

Exposed to sun they scatter

It hurts when they pinch

Bumble Bee


Bumble Bee

Purposeful, focused

Determined pollinator

Tireless bumble bee

Torrential Rains

The torrential rains of the pacific northwest
The torrential rains of the pacific northwest | Source

Wind Storm

Howling in the night
Howling in the night | Source


Torrential Rains

The torrential rains

Of the Pacific Northwest

Bleak and soggy wet

Wind Storm

Howling in the night

Winds batter and strip the trees

My little home shakes


Raindrops shimmy up

And across my car window.

Rain dance chorus line


Icy pellets fall

Resounding, pit, pat, pit, pat

Bouncing, bouncing, hail


Sea of tulips, vast
Sea of tulips, vast | Source




Scattering, floating on wind
Scattering, floating on wind | Source


Silky, satin, velvet, rose
Silky, satin, velvet, rose | Source

Flowers, Trees, and Other Growing Things


Sea of tulips, vast

Glorious red blooms flood fields

Spring time gift from God


First sign of spring bloom

Purple crocus, peek-a-boo

Random through the grass


Yellow faces raised

Lifted to heavenly skies

Declares God’s glory


Delicate, fragrant

Silky, satin, velvet, rose

Beautiful, divine


Globe of feathered seeds

Scattering, floating on wind

More dandelions? No!


Roots down to china,

Propagating invaders,

Self-will run riot

All Poems © 2011 Lori Colbo. All rights reserved.


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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you Laurin.

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      6 months ago from Kanab, Utah

      You are right it IS an art...that you have mastered

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      John Welford 

      16 months ago from Barlestone, Leicestershire

      Wow! What a lot of haikus! However, despite saying that you stick to the original form, I see that you don't always do so!

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you Surabhi.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      4 years ago


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      8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Many wonderful haiku here! Great job! I wrote a few recently, they can be a challenge working with the syllables but it is a nice poetic form. : )

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      Gloria Siess 

      9 years ago from Wrightwood, California


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      William Kovacic 

      9 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you for sharing information by example. Beautifully done!

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      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Haikus are beautiful forms of poetry and your expression is magnificent. Thank you for brightening my day!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you Biaya. I love to write them because nature to me speaks of our Creator, who made all these lovely things for us to enjoy and see his majesty. It can be a dark and scary world out there and reflecting on the beauties that are still out there, brings a sense of hope and meaning. God bless and thanks for stopping by.

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      9 years ago

      I love haikus, they are very short and strikes straight into your heart. Your compositions are beautiful. I loved the way you group haikus into a single theme. Perhaps, I will comeback and read again.

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I think these are very good. You do well with this difficult form. I have seen some bad ones. I attempt it sometimes but it is always a struggle. Good work!


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