Editor's Choice "hearts" Haiku Thread ~ John Daleiden, US




"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."


Thirty-five Poets from these twelve countries wrote one-hundred-sixty-six poems for the "Hearts Haiku Thread: Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, India, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States.

XLIII. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

in Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Romantic Love

starry night
above a smouldering fire
her freckles

# 123. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

balloon hearts
flutter in the spring breeze
her faraway look

# 23. Chen-ou Liu, CA.

her school diary
hearts and initials
initials and hearts

# 100. Marleen Hulst, NL

carrying her always
in my heart...

# 95. Cara Holman, US

Two hearts
two hands
gray temples

# 11. Monika Wojtenka, PL

all for love—
he gives her a heart
on a neck chain

# 42. Monika Wojtenka, PL

hot kisses
in her heartbeat—
lovers on the beach

# 74. Marija Pogorilic, CR

two hearts together
walking through the forest
hazy moon

# 166. John Daleiden, US

old diary—
in a faded Valentine heart
a tress

# 151. Cezar-Florian Ciobīcă

a frothy heart
fluffed in cappuccino magic—
their first date

# 96. Karin Anderson, AU

Love is Perennial and Eternal

melting snow—
my heart is reborn
in the Spring

# 58. Sandra Martyres, IN

Parental Love

preschooler's drawing
the father
with a big heart

# 137. Jacek Margolak, PL
Grandma sews a heart
on the grand-daughter’s bonnet—
it is snowing

# 156. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Maternal Love

her hand on her belly
searching for it

# 71. Alegria Imperial, CA
first sonogram—
my heart races
to keep pace ...

# 138. Chitra Rajappa, IN
listening to the heart
of my unborn baby

# 161. Cezar-Florian Ciobīcă

Equivocation in Love

the knave sniggers—
the Queen of Hearts
talks of love

# 54. Sandra Martyres, IN

Tragic Love

a paper heart
pinned on the last page—
"Romeo and Juliet"

# 29. Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

Self Doubt in Love

my sweetheart—
am I good enough
for you

# 52. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

Love Gone Awry

Valentine's Day
in my son's exercise book
a broken heart drawing

# 133. Jacek Margolak, PL
an empty vase
on her night table...
broken heart

# 78. Keith A. Simmonds, TT
Valentine's Day
a letter from
the Clerk of Courts

# 03. Alan S. Bridges, US

Emptiness of Love

golden calf
million dollar mansion
with no heart

# 01. Karen O'Leary, US

Frightened Love

lights out
the sound
of a frightened heart

# 37. Bernard Gieske, US

Parental Love (reality check)

with my daughter—
overgrown path

# 15. Sanjukta Asopa


Passion for their Art Love

heart song—
the musings of a player
on his saxophone

# 08. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Pride / Nationalism

world cup tie—
a million hearts
beat as one

# 140. Chitra Rajappa, IN 

Senyru / Sarcasim

first warm day
the candlelight dinner ends
with heartburn

# 147. Ralf Bröker, DE

my mother's
battery powered heart—
rising energy prices

# 61. Juhani Tikkanen, FN

Hearts and Nature

sunny horizon—
an old man makes figurines
from heart of oak

# 134. Vania Stefanova, BG
wily caterpillar—
in the heart of lettuce
safely hidden

# 12. Sandra Martyres, IN
heart of the forest—
a hurt deer
finds peace

# 33. Alex Serban, RO

I have selected these haiku as choice because they represent the heart(s) theme in explicit and unique ways.  They also are exemplary haiku, well constructed and meet many of the following attributes of haiku:

  • constructed in a fragment and phrase manner; a haiku written in two syntactical parts seperated by a grammatical or punctuation break.  See Jane Reichold's article: Fragment and Phrase Theory;

  • uses kireji: written with punctuation or an obvious grammatical break in the syntax of the lines.

  • contains 5 7 5 or fewer syllables

  • uses the second line a a pivot structure, effectively creating a haiku without resorting to writing an English sentence spread over three lines. Example above: # 123. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

  • makes / uses a literary illusion: # 29. Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

  • uses a kigo

Read the one-hundred sixty-six poems written for the Heart(s) Haiku Thread.









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