“A Few Haiku, a Few Tanka”

My beautiful picture

Madame Carriere climbed up the second story window but alas!  Was cut back.  In a few years she  grew 20×20 feet.  Amazing rose.  Have replaced her with another one.


Because I am so cold, I thought a few springish haiku and tanka would take my mind off Winter.  It’s not working.


Dogwoods are blooming
The crucifixion appears
White moths in the night.

(Dogwoods are a Southern tree here in the South.  White blooms
having the form of the Christian Cross, with nail heads.  They bloom in the spring  right before Easter. They are a symbol of Christianity in Nature.)

Under the dark moon

I awaited your return

Only shadows came.

The moon, a ghostly

Sliver, sails on a jet sea

Wild dogs howl beneath.

A woman in bed

Kimono revealing breast

Snow on Mt. Fuji

Tibetan earthworms

Bring a halt to all labor.

Here? Fat koi eat well.

Rooster doesn’t crow

Night’s loud thunder and lightning

Ruins his morning voice.

Even the hoot owls

Are silent this stormy night

Wind muffles their cries.


The fire of life

Is love. No exact measure.

A whirling dervish

Hands in opposite display

Gathers in the miracle.


The sound of frog-calls,
In the pond floats a pale moon
Fresh life is stirring
An early owl goes hunting
Wise mice scatter for cover.

Thin, silken breezes

Float upon a green-ribbon

Of spring—pale season.

Scent of lilies, myrtle, plum

Arouse bees from slumber.

Restless and confused,

Birds cry out, sky darkening

Rain lashes, flooding

Freshly planted fields drown

Wind sails red tiles from  roofs.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018


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9 Responses to ““A Few Haiku, a Few Tanka””

  1. kim881 Says:

    Thee are all gems, Jane, but my favourites have to be:
    ‘Under the dark moon
    I awaited your return
    Only shadows came’, which echoes of longing;

    ‘Even the hoot owls
    Are silent this stormy night
    Wind muffles their cries’, I love the sound effects;


    ‘Thin, silken breezes
    Float upon a green-ribbon
    Of spring—pale season.
    Scent of lilies, myrtle, plum
    Arouse bees from slumber’, which is delicate and fragrant.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kim! I deeply appreciate your reading these and your comments. I no longer feel that I am writing ‘proper’ haiku, it seems to be so bound up in issues, but I think we all do what we can because we love the form. Frankly, tanka seems a little easier, but then again…all these aesthetics to consider! I guess we learn as we go, but I do think that it is a life time study. I am only 10 short years into this but I hope to live long enough to write them ‘properly’. LOL! This almost dawn we are covered with snow, so unusual for the South, but I think there is a haiku or tanka in there somewhere. Thank you, again, Kim.

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  3. Frank J. Tassone Says:

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #6: Lady Nyo’s latest “few haiku and (#tanka)” !


  4. kim881 Says:

    Much love. 🐈

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  5. ladynyo Says:

    We are snowed in! Unusual situation in the “Deep South”! I will try to get over to you, Kim today as long as the power holds out!

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  6. kim881 Says:

    Snowed in! I hope you’re keeping warm, Jane. It’s really cold here but the snow is up in Scotland and Northern Ireland at the moment. I hope it doesn’t come down here.

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Kim~ Hope it doesn’t come your way! It was a surprise in the sunny south here to get 3 inches of snow and everything is closed….government, schools, groceries, etc. LOL! Atlanta years ago had ONE snow plow. LOL! Now it has many but even a trace of snow sends them into fits. LOL! It’s beautiful, but so cold here, Kim….10F! and not supposed to get even to freezing today. Yikes!! Keep warm, dear friend. We are out cutting wood. Again. Long winter and it’s just started.

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  8. Frank Hubeny Says:

    We have many house plants. Some have to be cut back, but they love to grow back. I like to think they enjoy the attention we give them. I especially liked the haiku about the dark moon and the expected return, but only shadows came.

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  9. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Frank. First, thank you for reading and your comment. I think you are right. Houseplants love attention and that sometimes is a problem. In the corner of the great room are twelve plants : from a 33 year old figeus tree that has finally found a home inside….to other ferns and spiky plants….more tropical. They are in the corner next to the wood stove and don’t seem to complain so far, but the temps here are 10 degrees right now. Sometimes I find a cat sleeping in amongst the plants….lol. But they seem to just want water and that is all they get from me right now. I can’t wait to throw them all outside, except for the permanent 20 foot fig. I am sure you do much better with your plants. This year I tried but failed to keep my red geraniums….I had one for 8 years and kept bringing it in every year but finally it disappeared. I don’t do so well with house plants. Better that you do! I like that haiku, too. Thanks, Frank. We had a snow of 3 or more inches and we were told it would be ‘just a dusting’. The temps of 10F will keep the ice and snow around for a few days. Keep warm, Frank.

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