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Haiku Windows: hospital window


Haiku Windows

In the book Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, editors Yamaguchi and Brooks quote David Lanoue:  “A haiku is a window”…

In the following weeks we will look at (or through?) the many possibilities raised by this thought – and you’re invited to join in the fun! Submit an original unpublished poem (or poems) via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence. I will select from these for the column, and add commentary.


next week’s theme:  window seat

Some bay windows or other windows with a view come complete with a seat and cushions for your viewing comfort. A window seat can also refer to the seat on a train, plane or restaurant nearest to the window…

I look forward to reading your submissions.


Haiku Windows:  hospital window


perched outside
the hospital window
a bird with all its limbs

Christina Sng

By emphasizing that the bird has all its limbs, we naturally begin to think about someone who does not have, or may no longer have, all their limbs… this is how the reader can participate in the completion of a haiku…

hospital room
looking out the window
my child asks if it will hurt

Stephen A. Peters

Once again an example of how less is more – here, we do not know who the child is asking about – is it themselves? or someone they are visiting? a sibling or parent? In any case, we feel the concern in this situation… we feel the hurt…

hospital window
I look
without seeing

Tia Haynes
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA

We have the setting, and we are given one statement – but anyone who has experienced grief, or the shock of sudden news, even, knows this feeling…

Here are the rest of my selections for this week:

bedridden –
the comfort of going places
with passing clouds

Adjei Agyei-Baah


waving to the leaves
waving at me –
hospital window

Amy Losak


hospital window
left on the sill
an unfinished book

Andrew Shimield


hospital window
why the wind vane
points nowhere

Angelo B. Ancheta


hospital window –
somewhere, out,
the moon

Angiola Inglese


stopping CPR –
outside the window

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo


ER window
a covered gurney

Ardelle Hollis Ray
Las Vegas, NV


all that is unsaid
in mother’s stare –
hospital window

arvinder kaur
Chandigarh, India


third week
cards and photographs line
the hospital windowsill

Beverly Acuff Momoi


iv drip

Billy Antonio


hospital window
an upgoing bouquet
of balloons

Carmen Sterba


Tet, ’68, Hue
daylight outside MASH windows
mixed blessings, going home

Charles Harmon
Los Angeles, California, USA


hospital window
the clouds move
s l o w l y

Christina Chin
Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo


outside the hospital window
my dog wagging
his tail

Christine Eales


mom dozes
by dad’s hospital bed
a sunbeam

Claire Vogel Camargo


open window
in my hospital room
a sudden chill

Debbi Antebi
London, UK


hospital window
the view of more
hospital windows

Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, California


ICU window
green view to the horizon
I plot my escape

Dianne Moritz


hospital windows
reflecting the day’s last light
river on the urn

Engin Gulez
Ankara, Turkey


hospital window
a woman sings
a lullaby for her child

Eufemia Griffo


full moon
through hospital window
carbolic scent

Eva Soe


open door
doctor stares
at the horizon

Giovanna Restuccia


how many windows
the distance
between our lifelines

Guliz Mutlu


Outpatients window
a fledgling bullfinch
learns the hard way

Helen Buckingham


labor ward window
the unfolding leaves
of an acer tree

Helga Stania


surgery day
through the hospital window
distant thunder

Hifsa Ashraf


in remission –
at the hospital window
his smile from ear to ear

Ingrid Baluchi


black dahlia
from ICU the view
of a nurse lighting up

Jennifer Hambrick
Columbus, Ohio, USA


in the window
legs and arms and heads and eyes
doll hospital

Joanne van Helvoort


by her window
in the hospital
the drip of the catheter

John Green


remission –
through the hospital window
blackbirds sing in dusk

John Hawkhead


Seeing the moon
through the ward window –
heavenly pull.

John Noonan
Dundalk Ireland


hospital window
the therapy dog
peeks out

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


mention a breeze
hospital window

Ken Olson
Yakima WA


hospital windowsill
wilting flowers
hang their heads

Liz Ann Winkler
White Rock, BC Canada


hospice veranda
the old salt scans the sky
for her

Brisbane, Australia


hospital room…
with a finger she draws flowers
on the window glass

in ospedale… con un dito disegna / fiori sui vetri

Lucia Cardillo


baby shower…
at the hospital window
pink camellias

Lucia Fontana


hospital stay
no window
in her corridor

Lucy Whitehead
Essex, UK


past hospital
I wave at the window
of her room

Madhuri Pillai


hospital window
his smile to our daughter
for the first time

Marilyn Appl Walker
georgia, usa


Children’s Day
through the hospital window
Spider-Man climbs in

Marta Chocilowska


hospital gown…
dancing with my reflection
in the window

Mary Hanrahan


children’s ward
no one at any
of the windows

Michael Henry Lee


get well soon cards
taped to the hospital window
empty bed

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles CA USA


a fond farewell
hospital window

Mike Gallagher
Achill Island, Ireland


hospital window…
the room
without a view

Mohammad Azim Khan


just enough time
to see the falling rain…
hospital window

Muskaan Ahuja
Chandigarh, India


air conditioning units
on the roof
hospital room view

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio, USA


springtime frolicking
behind hospital windows
smile on her still face

Natalia Kuznetsova


hospital stay
no memory
of the window

Nicole Tilde
Shady Dale, Ga.


hospital window
losing track
of another snowflake

Peter Jastermsky


hospital window
someone’s lipstick kiss
left on the pane

Pris Campbell


in hospital
outside my window
life goes on

Rachel Sutcliffe


hospital window
peonies fill in the room
with sunset

Radostina Dragostinova


a wide-eyed child
sees swooping bluebirds
hospital scrubs

Randall Hermn


one bundled twin
in the neonatal window
now two

Randy Brooks


in his window
flowers and tubes

Rehn Kovacic


twelve o’clock –
the coming of night lurks behind
the hospital window

Reka Nyitrai


hospital window –
my shifting view
of mortality

Roberta Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


shared hospital room…
resting on the sunny side
of a closed curtain

Robin Smith
Wilmington, DE


from her hospital bed
she spies a deer darting
past the window

Robyn Brooks


a child’s soft toy
in the hospital window
going home

Ron C. Moss
Tasmania, Australia


hospital window
between African Violets
and smell of spring rain

Ron Scully


window washer
at the ICU floor
life hangs by a thread

Ronald K. Craig


hospital window –
a full moon lights up
a sleepless night

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore


room with a view
outside the ER
some smokers

Ruth Powell


stick figures
in the hospital window
pediatric ward

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, U.S.A.


maternity ward
chicks tweet in the nest
in front of the window

Serhiy Shpychenko
Kyiv, Ukraine


big sister
excitedly waves at baby
through hospital window

Sharon Lynne Yee
Torrance, CA 90502


baby grandson
caressed by sunbeams
cardiac care unit

Sheila Sondik


his hospital window
life goes on

Shirley Brooks


hospital window
on every corner
fast food outlets

Simon Hanson
Queensland, Australia


children’s ward
the window overlooks
a robin’s nest

Skaidrite Stelzer
Toledo, Ohio


spring nightfall
concerned face of my reflection
on the hospital window

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


blood stains on curtain
red shades
in hospital window

Somayajulu Musunuri


hospice window
a narrow slit lets in
the morning sun

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi


lipstick tic tac toe
on the hospital window
I let her win

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA, USA


feeding my hospital food
to the pigeon
on the window sill

Tammie Baluchi


sickbed window
a hawk
powers into flight

Timothy J. Dickey


hospital window –
a child looks at raindrops
in a puddle

Tomislav Maretic


hospital window
a parking lot replacing
the park

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


hospital window
he wonders if he’ll be
a star soon

Vandana Parashar


last stage cancer
waning moon deepens darkness
hospital window

Vishnu Kapoor


hospital window –
on a maple tree
a green leaf

Zuzanna Truchlewska



Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada and an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets. She recently co-edited an anthology of crime-themed haiku called Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku.


This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Thanks Kathy for lovely haikus, a glance into peoples clear hearts and including my one.

  2. Thank you HJ

    for posting my haiku
    such wonderful entries, congrats to all

  3. Thank you for including one of my haiku here, Kathy! Roberta Beary’s and Shirley Brooks’s haiku really strike me here too among these excellent selections. I have started thinking of Wednesdays as Windows Wednesdays now, when I get to read the week’s wonderful haiku selections.

  4. This is my first post and I am so grateful that my haiku is selected among the great Haijin
    Thank you so much…

  5. Thanks very much for so many beautiful, enjoyable haiku by great poets today.
    Thanks for including mine Kathy!
    Warmest regards.

  6. Thanks, Kathy, you have made this ‘Haiku Windows’ feature so much fun and a great opportunity for some deserving poets to show their stuff!!!

  7. This week’s theme was of interest to me as I was recently reading about new designs in hospitals to include views of the natural world. Studies have shown that patients with views of nature heal faster. Enjoyed reading all of the haiku this week. Thanks for including mine.

    1. thanks for this, Corine – it was a record week for the number of poems posted…

  8. So many heartfelt verses to read, well done to all the poets.
    Another wonderful line up Kate

  9. Great collection of ku – congratulations everyone – and thanks so much for including mine, Katherine, it’s an honour to be among them. Hard to pick favourites from such a good bunch but the ones that really do it for me (after just a couple of readings) are those by Tia Haynes, Billy Antonio, Deborah P Kolodji, Muskaan Ahuja, Robyn Brooks…..I could easily go on. A really top set.

    1. thanks for this, Penny – (& submissions for this week are ‘window seat’ via the Contact Form above)

  10. Congratulations to each poet whose work has been selected. Wonderful variety of haiku!
    Here I present my three on the subject

    hospital room
    with a garden view –
    less lonely

    children’s hospital …
    window washers dress up
    like Superman

    hospital …
    father and son kiss together
    through the window

    1. I do love the tenderness of your father and son haiku, Tsanka.
      Again, so many memorable ones this week, Adjei’s especially for me. It describes the boredom and lack of movement for so much time when one is hospitalized, so passing clouds take on special significance — if you are lucky enough to have a window. Some are not. Windows in hospitals are an unnecessary ‘indulgence’ and expense in many countries, so Mohammad’s haiku also resonated.
      Thank you, Kathy, for including one of mine.

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