Collaborative Haiga

What would you call this? A collaboration, a joint endeavor, a linked project?

My friend Judy Mosher had a fun idea. We took a sheet of paper and started drawing and painting from different ends. Then we each added a haiku.

as threads unravel
I can’t find
my mittens


ink from brush
the mind

Now that we’ve looked at it, we think we might add another visual layer.

Butterfly, flower, and haiku by Ursula Moeller

New Year’s surprise
cabbage white butterfly
flies through our house   whence?

The amazing story is that several years ago, when I examined a full-in-bloom amaryllis, I discovered a cabbage white butterfly in its center.
Today we have a blooming amaryllis, and at the same time, the same species butterfly (female).
Whence and how and why are the questions.

Glass Fish haiga, haiku, tanka, and art

Every so often my blog does something odd–like show this piece from 2010 as having the most visitors yesterday. Nice to see this glass fish by Hiroshi Yamano.


circling around
like the old year
upon the new…
a golden splash
of sunset

Mary Kendall

Fish skims air-water
amber clear light along gills
sun sparkles bubbles

Alicia Marie Rencountre-Da Silva

Anyone else want to add a haiku or short poem?

It’s Been Beautiful Today In Northern New Mexico–haiku and photograph


Vallecitos, New Mexico 12.12.15
Photograph by Hope Atterbury

before snow
burning the fields—
Taos mountain

behind white curtains.
piñon smoke

in the mirror
a glimpse
of emptiness

my thoughts
unravel the past

an old story
the river wears the canyon

dream tossed
in rumpled

of the shortest days
still streaks pink

Report and Haiga from Nepal: Michael G. Smith

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dawn kora
cold bricks
worn smooth


Michael G. Smith is touring Nepal and doing volunteer work. The Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is the most revered Buddhist site in Nepal, especially for Tibetan Buddhists. The stupa’s iconic spire was heavily damaged in the April 2015 earthquake and is being re-built. Buddhist practitioners from all over the world come to circumambulate the stupa in a practice called kora. Practitioners can be found walking twenty-four hours a day. At 5 AM in the morning Michael would be walking kora with hundreds of others.