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GARDEN HAIKU: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom

Updated on September 9, 2014

Lily Wang, the Garden Haiku Poet

Lily Wang is a Chinese-American poet, author of GARDEN HAIKU and BABY HAIKU which offer parents, educators and children 3-line haiku lessons on compassion, simplicity and patience. Lily Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her BA in English from Soochow University in Taipei,and earned her MA in English from California State University, Fresno. She got married in 2000 and in 2006 published her first book of poetry, Baby Haiku: Three Line Poetry for New Parents. In 2007, she published her second book, Garden Haiku:Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom which won Publisher's and Editor's Choice Awards. In 2010, Kindle and 2nd edition of Garden Haiku were published. Her last ebook in the series, Reflection Haiku, was released in 2011. She has traveled and done literature coursework worldwide. She now lives with her husband and two children in California.

© All haiku quoted in this hub have been granted reprint permission from the author.

Lily Wang's Published Books - Baby Haiku: 3-Line Poems for New Parents

Baby Haiku: 3-Line Poems For New Parents
Baby Haiku: 3-Line Poems For New Parents

Centering on babies and a mother's love, Lily Wang's Baby Haiku combines the essence of Eastern and Western poetics to portray the profundity of life and joy. No more than three lines, Haiku is the poetry that fits today's lifestyle and is perfect for new parents that aspire to read but are short on time. Short and concise, Baby Haiku allows the mind to experience Zen, life, and abundance.

Baby Haiku helps to cleanse the mind and brings about a return to innocence. Wang's poems focus on the positives and remind us that children are far more powerful than they appear:

"Don't be fooled by their small sizes

The stars at night

Have the gigantic cosmos condensed into light"

Wang compels you to look at your life differently and appreciate your blessings. Discover harmony with all beings and find peace within your soul with Baby Haiku.


Like the lake

Reflects all things in tranquility

Traveler of time

- Lily Wang

"Traveler" (Reflection Haiku)

"Traveler" (Reflection Haiku)
"Traveler" (Reflection Haiku)

What's haiku?

Haiku: "three-line Zen poetry."

Haiku: "little drops of poetic essence"

- Sir George Sansom

Classic Haiku - Basho, Issa, Buson, Shikki, Chiyo-ni

The classic haiku refers to the works by the Japnese Haiku masters including Basho, Issa, Buson, Shikk and Chiyo-ni. "Haiku rises and falls with Basho" - besides Basho, all other masters' works contribute together to form the diverse soul of haiku art.

Basho: The Complete Haiku
Basho: The Complete Haiku

"Unquenchable love for poetry" - Basho


Haiku Master Poll

Which of the following Japanese haiku master is your favorite?

See results

What's Zen?

Zen is being in harmony with present moment. Zen is realizing oneness with nature and all beings.

"I have just three things to teach:

simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures. "

- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

English Haiku

English haiku may be used to describe haiku works written originally in English rather than in Japanese by poets worldwide. They follow the simple principles of haiku: three lines (regardless of 17 syllables) and the best haiku reflect Zen influence with elements of compassion, silence, season and natural objects.



(three lines with or without 17 syllable count)







- Patricia Donegan (Haiku)


Children can devil or angel be -

Put your hands on their back

The touch of their wings

(Garden Haiku)


"The law of love could be best understood

and learned through little children."

- Gandhi (The Power)


A child is a lighthouse, full of love-

To get to it,

Paddle with patience.

(Garden Haiku)

Haiku for children and pets

Haiku is one of the best way to teach young children about poetry. There are also many children's haiku books about dogs, cats, birds and all creatures large and small(grade 4 and up).


Lily Wang's animal haiku


Calm and content -

Nature's teacher to mankind

God's soft pawprints


She jumps on the window

Gazing at the morning rain -

An instant painting

When they cut your umbilical cord,

We are separated

And reunited

(Baby Haiku)



Their handprints -

Maple leaves falling from the tree

Etched in my diary

(Garden Haiku)



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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      A great review of some wonderful haiku from Lily Wang.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Haiku is simple and beautiful, it is magic of words and poetry.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thank you for sharing Lily Wang's work.

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      Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens so glad I found it

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing her work. Her words are beautiful.

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      vekoslavr lm 6 years ago

      So much to absorb, but exelent. Congrats

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      vekoslavr lm 6 years ago

      So much to absorb-but exelent. Congrats.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this lovely lens, it is just beautiful. THUMBS UP and ANGEL BLESSED

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful experience your lens brought me. I love haikus and really enjoyed each and every one in this article. :-)

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great Work. Thumbs Up.

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      Nice lens and thank you for liking my lens Top ten Christmas gifts for 2011.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      What a lovely and peaceful lens! Nice work.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      Such beautiful haiku. An' I cried when I listened to Mother in the Dream. Such a beautiful sentiment shared in the song of this young orphaned boy.

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      Blessed! I had my moment of Zen -- by this lens insipartion. Thanks.

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      A really nice lens, lot of things that I didn't know about

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      The fresno blossom trail picture is gorgeous.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was not familiar with Lily Wang's Haiku so appreciated the heads up.

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      My daughter just had to write a haiku in school. Nice lens!

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      amazing lens, every thing is new for me

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      Yawapi LM 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I love "Reunited" - going to have to check out Baby Haiku - thanks!

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      @fionajean: He did outstandingly well. My friend forwarded me this youTube and I did not know the result for the final but I wish him all the best. Uudam is an amazing kid.

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      Uuham's story is so sad - how well did he end up doing in the contest?

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      THNeto 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I fell in love with Haiku as a schoolkid and had forgotten about it over the years - thanks for bringing it back!

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      Beautiful Lens! Best wishes :)

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      I keep coming back to read the poems as they are so good.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      nicely presented.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      provoking, simply! Thank you for introducing this poet.

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      MBradley McCauley 6 years ago

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      This is a wonderful lens, I'm going try haiku. Thank you.

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      TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

      By forcing you to condense your thoughts into 3 lines, Haiku must be very challenging to write. It is a truly interesting form of expresssion.

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      Beautiful. Haiku is one of my favorite poetic forms.

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      Yes, the simplicity, patience, compassion are precious and they can create a perfect harmony. Thanks for a beautiful lens.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      some great haikus here. very much enjoyed. here is my blessings.

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      wow. great lens. 1st time I heard of haiku.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens, you have some good Haiku's here and wonderful photos and images. Blessed.

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago


      Love Lily Wang's animal haiku "Pets" and "Cat" ... The "Fresno Blossom Trail" is splendid too. Lovely presentation!

      . Lovely presentation

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Learned more about Haiku. It is fascinating.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Beautiful and inspiring. You've captured the spirit of haiku.

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      Lovely lens.

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      Very informative lens! Learnt so much on the meaning of Haiku and also loved the poems. Great job.

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      CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA

      Very lovely lens. I have enjoyed Haiku for many years and appreciate the depth of just a few lines. Haiku can also be hilarious, as in this Microsoft error message that always makes me laugh:

      With searching comes loss

      And the presence of absence:

      "My novel" not found.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      I enjoy haiku and writing a new version, haitweet

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have only attempted to write a couple of haiku poems. I think it is a beautiful art form!! : )

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      herculeafitness1 6 years ago

      This is a very beautiful lens. I enjoyed reading it and even learned a few new things today. I have a much better understanding of haiku. Now, I feel compelled to purchase "Dogku" from Amazon to read to my Cavachon.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Whew, 430 likes here, that's very impressive. I always enjoy stopping by here for the peaceful atmosphere you provide.

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      writing for the beauty of it, I hope to get back to that. Beautiful lens

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      ebookmum 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I feel really peaceful and calm after reading this :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Haiku gained a lot of popularity in the West last years. It is short and to the point and it certainly adds somwething extra toour hectic lives. thank you for your great lens. I enjoed itand I hope you will make more lenses:)

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      TKOSquidoo 7 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and informative as well. I love the video of the little boy singing for his mother, in heaven. You didn't need to understand Chinese, to understand what he and they were saying. Lovely job.

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      reeniad 7 years ago

      Thanks for your explanation on haiku. I re read your lens again..feels calm and peaceful. Amazingggg..

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      reflectionhaiku 7 years ago

      @reeniad: Yes, the term "haiku" is a "form of Japanese poetry that states in three lines of five, seven and five morae (sound/syllable/word) a clear picture designed to arouse a distinct emotion and suggest a specific spiritual insight. - adapted from LITERATURE HANDBOOK by Holman.


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      TenerifeLowcost 7 years ago

      Lovely lens, some really beautiful words on here.

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      reeniad 7 years ago

      i just learned a new term 'haiku'! May i know the definition of it?

      thnks for dropping by my lens:))

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      You have two great works, and I love the samples you have presented here. Rafick

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      Lovely lens! Beautiful imagery and poetry.

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      hysongdesigns 7 years ago

      lovely. I am more a visual person and I just love all your photos and how they resonate with the little poems.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an amazing lens...very informative. One that I will visit again! Can't wait to read your next one!

      Thanks for liking my lens too!!

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      clariafox 7 years ago

      why you just wrote one great lens? I have been waiting for others.

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      pajnhiaj 7 years ago

      beautiful haiku!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a really lovely lens. Thank you. :)

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      Well done, JM! A beautiful lens to visit. It speaks to the soul.

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      Exquisite! One word says it all.

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      ComputerSecurityExperts 7 years ago

      Tranquility is important, thanks for your tranquil haiku!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Blessing this lens and featuring it on my poetry review angel lens!

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      I'm so glad I stopped by, apparently the last time I was here, I must have favorited too soon because my like had disappeared. Got that fixed and enjoyed walking through this beauty once again!

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      Pip Gerard 7 years ago

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