Nicole Erika - Haiku & Senryu

Nicole Erika - Haiku And SenryuOn this page, you will find some of my haiku and senryu. In case you have never heard of haiku, here is some information.

  • It’s originally a Japanese poetic form from the 17th century and has traveled the world since. I discovered this poetic form while studying Latin American literature. Haiku play a significant role in modernismo.
  • It has three lines and 17 syllables only. In its origin, these 17 syllables were sounds. Today, a haiku can be even shorter than 17 syllables.
  • It’s written in the present and from an observing point of view
  • It often has a seasonal reference or a seasonal word (jap. kigo)
  • It has a “sister form” called senryu which is more personal, emotional, or abstract.
  • Sometimes you will find haiku written in one line, a so-called monoku.

More on haiku and senryu you can read here.

A Selection of Haiku And Senryu

fresh snow
I leave my trace
until tomorrow


shift your perspective
most things are not what they seem
nor what they pretend


luscious flower beds
stretch across my garden space –
my heart buds open


guilty shadows hang
beneath the clouds of presence –
tomorrow they’re past


as rose buds open
I cherish a butterfly
for its sheer beauty


strolling leisurely
on Saturday’s farm market –
a xenial spice



as you open up –
all your thoughts turn to crystals
more precious than gold


processing grief –
a constant walk on eggshells
crumbling even more


stop fearing yourself –
Life itself doesn’t go extinct
it may transform, though


Want to read more?

If you enjoyed my haiku, you might also like my book Haiku From The Garden Of Wisdom (available here and on all other Amazon Marketplaces). And for questions, you can always reach out here.



Nicole Erika

Nicole Erika is a self-realized writer and coach who reminds you of the Ease Of Creation and the Joy of Self-Expression.

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