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Poetry Friday: Haiku from the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

April 23, 2015

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku

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It’s still Poetry Month! Hope you are enjoying April wherever you are.

One thing I love about Poetry Friday is the web of connections we make each week. Last Friday, I was so focused on celebrating The Poetry Friday Anthology of Celebrations with Janet and Sylvia, and rounding up posts, that I almost missed something special: the inaugural “EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration” from The Haiku Foundation celebrating International Haiku Day (April 17).

Lucky for us, Joy Acey and Diane Mayr were on it and shared the link. Here’s the description from The Haiku Foundation:

"Welcome to the largest collaborative poem on the internet. This year’s theme is the Year of Light, as designated by decree of the United Nations. Please add your poem(s) in the Comment box below, ideally at dawn at your location, but any time that you are able… ."

A “seed” poem was offered:

will anyone
not be taking up his pen?
tonight’s moon

— Onitsura (1660 – 1738)

That writerly challenge might have been issued three centuries ago, but I couldn’t resist! I took a break from rounding up posts (the sun had just come up here) and went outside to exhale and invite a haiku moment that I could add to the thread.
Here was my contribution:

april morning
the reach of seedlings
toward the sun

©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.

More than 400 haiku from around the world were posted! I appreciated seeing some familiar names and asked a few of my poet friends if I might have permission to share some of their entries. Each one generously obliged (such a great group of folks). Many participants posted one poem, as I did, while others posted several. Some also shared previously published work that fit with the theme.

Enjoy this sampling...

a streak of light…
my cat alarm clock
goes off

©Diane Mayr. All rights reserved.

sun rise radiates
through a dew drop on the limb
a prism rainbow

©Joy Acey. All rights reserved.

a flicker of light
from my pen to yours
rising sun

©Peggy Bilbro. All rights reserved.

heat lightning
a fox
in the blink of an eye

©Michael Henry Lee. All rights reserved.

first light what’s not to believe

©Michael Henry Lee. All rights reserved.

morning fog
the sober glow
of streetlights

©Ben Moeller-Gaa. All rights reserved.
A Hundred Gourds 1:2 (2012)

morning prayers
the rising sun between
my hands

©Kala Ramesh. All rights reserved.
Ambrosia– Journal of Fine Haiku, Spring 2009

slipping in
beneath the kitchen door
– first sunlight

©Kala Ramesh. All rights reserved.

first light
the ethereal phrase
of a wood thrush

©Tom Painting. All rights reserved.

You probably recognize Tom Painting’s name – In addition to being an award-winning poet, he is the teacher behind our Student Haiku Poet of the Month series here.

Be sure to tune in next month, when it will be All-Haiku Every Poetry Friday! We’ll spend a couple of those days with Tom’s students, and then we’ll welcome international students at the end of the month with Kala Ramesh (see her poems above.

Many thanks to all the poets sharing their work here today. If you are new to haiku, The Haiku Foundation is a treasure of resources. For more great poetry of all kinds, paddle over to No Water River, where the amazing Renée has the Poetry Friday Roundup!


  1. April 23, 2015 9:28 PM EDT
    Thanks for sharing my poem, Robyn. I look forward to the haiku month you have planned!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. April 23, 2015 11:20 PM EDT
    So many great poems!, Thanks for sharing these. I look forward to all student haiku next month.
    - Joy Acey
  3. April 24, 2015 12:17 AM EDT
    Such beautiful haiku, Robyn. Thank you for sharing them. I look forward to seeing more over the next month.
    - Sally Murphy
  4. April 24, 2015 12:28 AM EDT
    Thank you Robyn. I've been studying, reading, & writing haiku all month, a refreshing challenge! I saw some of these last week, all beautiful, will look at The Haiku Foundation website! Thanks, looking forward to what you share these next weeks!
    - Linda Baie
  5. April 24, 2015 8:36 AM EDT
    Hi, all - many thanks for coming by!
    Apologies if I don't get in personal responses today - we're all wrapped up in a family wedding out of town this weekend.

    Linda, keep reading and writing! Diane had a great post with resources last week. Check out The Haiku Society of Anerica as well.
    - Robyn Black
  6. April 24, 2015 10:58 AM EDT
    Thanks for sharing all of these -- they're just lovely. What a wonderful project!! Looking forward to more haiku love here next month. :)
    - jama
  7. April 24, 2015 11:16 AM EDT
    Wow they are all beautiful. I'd love to follow that project next year. Thanks for sharing, Robyn
    - Catherine Johnson
  8. April 24, 2015 1:52 PM EDT
    Jama & Catherine - thanks so much for stopping in, & I look forward to seeing you in May, too!
    - Robyn Black
  9. April 25, 2015 6:33 AM EDT
    Love that seed poem! Using so few words is such an amazing challenge. I am particularly drawn to "morning prayers/
    the rising sun between/my hands"
    - Tabatha
  10. April 25, 2015 7:05 AM EDT
    More than 400 haiku from around the world? How cool is that! I hope they do it again next year. I'd love to be a part of something like that. The ones you've shared here are wonderful. I particularly loved "a flicker of light."
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  11. April 25, 2015 5:47 PM EDT
    Looking forward to Haiku Month in May! I've got a post about how Diane M. has coached me away from 5-7-5!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  12. April 28, 2015 9:35 AM EDT
    "reach of seedlings" - I can feel it arch all the way here in Singapore, dear Robyn! Thanks Haiku Queen! ;)
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  13. April 29, 2015 12:08 PM EDT
    Hi, Tabatha - That haiku is just breathtaking, isn't it? Glad you stopped by!

    Michelle, looks to me like it was a hit, so I hope it goes on every year! Peggy's poem is beautiful.

    Hello, Mary Lee - I'll have to read that post. Diane is a treasure, and such a talent.

    Myra - I'm reaching across to you with warmest thoughts, too! Thanks for coming by. Enjoy the rest of poetry month!
    - Robyn Black

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