Haiku Special from the 3rd Japan – Russia Haiku Contest (4)


The yearly pamphlet Akita – the Land of Poetry『詩の国秋田第6号』, whose 6th volume is posted as an e-pamphlet, features haiku special from the English haiku submitted to the 3rd Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2014.

A great number of haiku fans willingly sent their haiku in English to the contest from 46 countries including Japan.

They compose haiku, the shortest form of poetry of three lines, catching the haiku moment through their observation or insight.

They write haiku, seeking for “pure present”, which might express “the eternal now.”

We sincerely hope that haiku will be shared with each other, which helps us realize the pleasure of writing haiku again. 

We also hope that haiku could deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem, helping make the world peaceful.


Haiku Special 


Heinisch Martina(Germany)


the jewelry box

from the nursing home

flawless chestnut



Kempen Silvia(German)


Pines in the wind –

through the sea of ​​sand

a cat’s traces


Seithe Angelica(Germany)


the wind

catching up with me

in a dream



ten Brink Brigitte(Germany)


empty schoolyard

only a plastic bag

plays with the wind



Wolfgang Farin(Germany)


A scent of rice –

his budgie seeks balance

on the chopsticks.



Adjei Agyei-Baah, Kumasi(Ghana)


leafless tree―

lifting a cup of nest

to the sky



Schismenos Marios(GREECE)


snow and freezing cold

make all cherry trees to bloom

in a magic world



Spyros Schismenos(Greece)


Melodies of a river

The silence of the forest

A bear is fishing



Auth Szilvia(Hungary)


I make her death

beautiful – I write night poem

on the wing of a moth



Domonkos Marcell(Hungary)


Life will be better

as earth and a shooting star

meet each other now



Vermes dr. Gyorgy (Hungary)


I stand at the shore

Of the sea channel. I use-




A Agarwal Payal(INDIA)


shackled butterfly

inside jewel tank

shedding tears…





smell of new rain

water cannons stir then quell

an uprising



Asopa  Sanjuktaa(India)


empty clay jar-

the fullness

it its curve



Deodhar Angelee (India)


Matsuyama Castle –

blossom rafts carry away

 the dreams we shared



Gowri Raghavan Raamesh(India)


paper boat

I embark on a sea

of stories



Kala Ramesh(Indian)


Gita chanting 

. . . birds become

the ellipsis



Karmakar Kashinath(INDIAN)


cloudy day-

my mom asks my son to

thread the needle



Laxmeshwar Poornima(Indian)


cawing mourners

increase this pain




Mannan Tahera (India)


fearful tiger eye

behind thick bamboo bushes

wind carries the scent



Mukhopadhyay Aju(Indian)


Sun’s creative impulse

in blooming lotus spreads into

crimson sky



Pravat Kumar Padhy Pravat (India)


castle thunder–

the light vanishes

into darkness





deserted barracks

shall be I hear

sounds of boots



Ramani Venkatesan  Ramesh Anand(INDIA)


still pond . . .

fading from its center

this stormy cloud



Santra Kuheli (India)


has the south wind come,

or the spring withered away?

clear night



Shankar Shloka(India)


goodbye kiss

a white blossom falls into

its own shadow





a yellow spider

crouching in a corner

invisible webs



Varma Anitha(India)


twilight rain…

palm fronds drip moonlight

into the night



Vishnu P Kapoor(India)



after my candle

goes after firefies



Yesha Shah (India)



each morning he sips

ginseng tea



Ken Sawitri(Indonesia)


crescent moon

reaping all the stars

for these humble huts



Adibi Mohammad Reza(IRAN)


A broken bridge

once the Adam* passage…

now the clouds



Fakhriyeh Tirdad(Iran)


distant memories…

from the old soaked carpet

dripping water



Farsani Mohsen(Iranian  Living in Paris)


reed blossoms –

my grandfather’s hand

on his cane



Samaneh Hoseini Zafarani (Iran)


like a butterfly:

my shadow

in midnight autumn





morning glories…

how many dead still

longing to return?



Odeh Rita(Israeli)


in the blizzard,

fluffing up her feathers… 

lost love



de Sabata Francesco(Italy)


spring breeze –

two buds protruding

through her T-shirt



We are now holding the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest.

Readers are invited to send haiku about “lake” to Hidenori Hiruta at the Akita

International Haiku Network by e-mail to (shhiruta@nifty.com).  


By Hidenori Hiruta



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