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Lighthouse Poems in English Haiku 5-7-5

Updated on June 9, 2015

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Early one morning from Pompano Inlet Park.
Early one morning from Pompano Inlet Park. | Source

Introduction to English Haiku 5-7-5

Lighthouse poems have been written for centuries in many different languages. I have written here, for your reading pleasure, 5 lighthouse poems in the form of English Haiku 5-7-5 style. The style 5-7-5 means each haiku poem has 3 lines of which line 1 has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line 3 has 5 more syllables for a total of 17 syllables. If you find that the syllables don’t add up I claim poetic license.

There are other styles of haiku out there. This is just the most popular style in the English speaking countries. For instance there is also a 3-5-3 syllable style. So take a look at these traditional haikus and see what you think.

Oh, do this aspiring poet a favor and vote for your favorite of the 5 in the poll that follows them.

A Short Dissertation about Lighthouses

Lighthouses have been used both to save and to destroy ships at sea. Saving ships and their crews was the main reason for putting up lighthouses. They marked safe entrances to harbors, they marked rocky coastlines to avoid and sometimes they marked areas of shallow waters to avoid.

Unscrupulous people would sometimes light beacons to bring ships into shallows or onto the rocks on purpose, especially during storms. They would then kill off any surviving mariners and claim whatever goods washed ashore as salvage. The lords of the land many times would turn a blind eye to what they knew was happening since they usually ended up with most of the salvage.

In the days of our past, knowing which lighthouse led to what was very important. Most legitimate lighthouses and beacons were marked on maps. By taking sightings on stars and comparing those readings to maps mariners could find the beacons they were looking for and, hopefully, avoid those that were destructive traps.

In modern times lighthouses have been replaced by electronics in the form of satellites and the GPS systems they have helped foster. Still lighthouses are used in many parts of the world, including the U.S.A., to give a visual point of reference for those that may be lost at sea and looking for land. Even with a GPS on board the lighthouse provides a sense of relief to many a mariner when he lays his eyes on the light and can verify his position at sea by the light and the GPS.

5 Haiku Poems about Lighthouses


Waves break at the feet

Mighty tower stands complete

Storm passes westward


Nightly my light shines

Showing to sailors at sea

The entrance is here


Flashing over water

Tower illuminates night

Harbor passage here


Shore bound sentinel

Watches over the inlet

Points the way – enter


On Pompano Pier

To the north light briefly shines


VOTE! for your favorite Lighthouse haiku.

Which Haiku is the Best?

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    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks cashmere. I enjoy writing the haikus and do the best I can with them. Thanks for voting in the poll also.

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      You write enjoyable and beautiful haiku poems Angelo. I voted for #5 and loved them all. Voted up, interesting, and beautiful :)

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for the compliment snowdrops. I did the best I could.

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      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      hi Angelo. Just want to know that all your haikus are awesome and lovely. i can't choose one because all of them are unique and beautiful.

    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful haiku, very deep. Thanks for adding it.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Softly silent sands

      Sweep silhouettes still streaming

      Somewhere souls stir sleep

    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the encouragement Victoria, aviannovice and oceansider, and for the votes. I am happy to have made some haiku poems that provided you and others pleasurable reading. Once again thanks to everyone.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Angelo, I really like this whole article about lighthouses, and my very favorite of your haikus is #2....and I did vote for it....but I do love all of them....thanks for sharing these with us, you are a good writer!

      Take care, Helen

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All very nice, Angelo! Keep up the great work.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lighthouses are beautiful, as are your poems. I voted for number 1 but love them all! many votes!

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for your comment and your vote.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      "Nightly my light" was perfect. All were excellent but this is my favorite.

    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks happyboomernurse. Appreciate the vote.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Love lighthouses and I enjoyed the dissertation as well as the haikus. The #3 poem was my favorite.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Deborah for your vote. Glad you enjoyed reading them all.

    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Glad you enjoyed them Joyce. Thanks for the vote.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      beautiful Haiku poems.. I love them all..

      Voted way up


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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      These are great Haiku poems. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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