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HAIKU DIALOGUE – door to door – doorway & Introduction to Paradigm Shift

door to door & Introduction to Paradigm Shift with Guest Editor Craig Kittner

Thanks again everyone for the kind comments over the last two months – & I take full responsibility for all the poems I overlooked – poems that were deserving of inclusion here, but for whatever reason were not included…
I now slip behind the scenes once again as we all welcome guest editor Craig Kittner back to this space with the launch of ‘Paradigm Shift’ – happy writing! kj

“Learn about pines from the pine,” Bashō advised.

Why do you think he said that?

Animism is a birthright of haiku.

However, western culture, despite all its scientific knowledge, tends to put human experience on some rarefied plane, separate and above all the other beings and forces of the universe. An ego-laden, anthropocentric attitude that would write off learning from the pine as anthropomorphism and personification.

How does this impact your writing?

Can you shift your perspective away from the human and dress yourself in the consciousness of another form?

next week’s theme: the travels of rain 

When a raindrop hits the ocean, does it cease to exist as rain? From evaporation, to clouds, to puddles, lakes, and rivers; what is this thing called rain, and where is it headed?

The deadline is midnight Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday June 05, 2021.

Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry. (The Submit button will not be available until the Name, Email, and Place of Residence fields are filled in.) With your poem, please include any special formatting requirements & your name as you would like it to appear in the column. A few haiku will be selected for commentary each week. Please note that by submitting, you agree that your work may appear in the column – neither acknowledgment nor acceptance emails will be sent. All communication about the poems that are posted in the column will be added as blog comments.

below is kj’s commentary for doorway:

averting eyes
at the doorway –
therapist’s office

Barrie Levine
Wenham MA USA

What a believable scenario of professional conduct & discretion – two people cross paths, but neither wants to acknowledge the other, or maybe even admit that they are there themselves – the poet notices & captures a haiku moment…

empty nest the silence from our doorway

Bona M. Santos
Los Angeles, CA

This poem can be interpreted at least two ways – once the baby birds have flown, the nest is quiet, as is the house without children…

bricked up old doorway
echoes of horse hooves
on cobbles

Mark Gilbert

Here the historical references paint a picture, & with the alliteration of ‘bricked’, ‘echoes’, & ‘cobbles’, & the lovely ‘horse hooves’, not to mention the rhythm & the actual sounds described in the poem – all combine for a well-crafted scene…

canvassing coolness in the doorway

P. H. Fischer

The poet manages in very few words to convey more than one possibility in this poem – is it the actual temperature (an air-conditioned home on a hot day? or cold air entering the house?) or is the political climate being described here?

office doorway
pasting on
my interview smile

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, New York

In this poem the reader finds an example of the doorway representing that liminal, in-between space – a wonderful place to find haiku. The selection of the words ‘pasting’ & ‘interview’ to describe this particular smile changes the tone of the poem – again, word choice can make such a difference!

& here are the rest of the selections:

a crack on the wall – 
the ins and outs
of my nature friends

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Ghana/New Zealand


winter gust
up to the doorway
father’s shadow

Agus Maulana Sunjaya
Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia


in the doorway
the Milky Way

Alan Peat
Biddulph, United Kingdom


in the doorway
a homeless man argues
with himself

Albert Schepers
Windsor, ON


poor house –
freshly painted

Aljoša Vuković
Šibenik, Croatia


hugs and few stories
a doorway to
her soft silent sleep

Amrutha Prabhu
Bengaluru, India


your first words
for me

Ana Drobot


petals in the wind –
enter once again
in your thoughts

Angiola Inglese


through the rabbit hole
I become a young lady

Anitha Varma
Kerala, India


empty doorway
still stepping over
my dog’s shadow

Ann K. Schwader
Westminster, CO


at the doorway
our shadows parting

Anna Yin
Ontario, Canada


her hennaed feet
across the threshold…
the music of anklets

Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh, India


sliver of light
under the doorway…
bookworms never sleep

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
Kolkata, India


Buddha’s eyes
closed to open
the mind’s eye

Bidyut prabha
Bhubaneswar, India


at the seashore
my grandchildren’s sand-prints
cross my threshold

Bill Fay
Fox Island, WA, USA


classroom door
I put on
my teacher face

Bryan Rickert
Belleville, Illinois USA


my doorway
to the world

Carol Reynolds


Like teenagers
Blushing as we meet
In the doorway

Catherine Brennan


standing between
future and past
Janus Geminus

Charles Harmon
Los Angeles, California USA


my imagination

Claire Vogel Camargo
United States


ex daughter-in-law –
grandma blocks
the doorway

Cynthia Anderson
Yucca Valley, California


dust gathering
on the chin-up bar
in the doorway

dan campbell


my old school –
I’m too tall
for the doorway

Daniela Lăcrămioara Capotă


a jasmine
on my threshold…
night scent

Daniela Misso


bookshelf –
a doorway which leads
to my world

Danijela Grbelja
Sibenik, Croatia


hidden world
the troll in her garden
sticks out his tongue

Deborah Karl-Brandt
Bonn, Germany


Visiting day
a whiff of spring wind
at the entrance

Dejan Ivanovic
Lazarevac, Serbia


wobbled steps
the doorway
to the lion’s den

Didimay D. Dimacali


creativity –
unlocking that door
within me

Dorothy Burrows
United Kingdom


door ajar
he decides
to knock

Edna Beers


end of party –
the only birthday present
a song of crickets

Elena Zouain


a new decoration
for each season

Elisa Allo


moving day
so many memories
in the doorway

Florin C. Ciobica


first French kiss –
forty years later the doorway
still there

Geoff Pope
Kent, Washington


stanza accanto…
così lontano
il profumo di mamma

next room…
so far away
the scent of mom

Giuliana Ravaglia
Bologna, Italia


all the magic
of my childhood

Greer Woodward
Waimea, HI


starry sky –
the girl’s first sleepover

Hassane Zemmouri
Algiers, Algeria


in the mirror
endless doorways
leading nowhere

Helen Ogden
Pacific Grove, CA


back home late
only the doorway light
welcomes me

Hifsa Ashraf
Rawalpindi, Pakistan


summer breeze
in the hippie’s bead curtain
tinkling bells

Ingrid Baluchi
North Macedonia


rays of light trap
a monarch

Jagajit Salam
Imphal, India


Ten thousand
Fushimi torii
– out of breath

Jeff Leong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Covid recovered
doorway to a new life

Joe Sebastian


through doors of perception
brave new worlds

John S Green
Bellingham, WA


the closing of dusk
ravens over the high fell
creak hinges of air

John Hawkhead


first kindergarten day –
the child’s big opened eyes…

Julia Guzmán
Córdoba. Argentina


to the cellar steps
hidden depths

Karen Harvey
North Wales


childhood drawing
every face has a door
that is a mouth

Kath Abela Wilson
United States


first visit…
hugging me in the doorway
scent of jasmine

Keiko Izawa


a rectangle
of sunlight
and a cat

Keith Evetts
Thames Ditton UK


paper lanterns invite
the forefathers

Lakshmi Iyer


head bump on boarding –
direct flight
to the stars

Laurie Greer
Washington DC


palliative care
to the other side

Lorraine Carey


oak tree fairy door secret heartwood

Lorraine Padden
San Diego, CA


to and fro
on a cold beach
abandoned shells

Luisa Santoro
Rome, Italy


long distance call
from the doorway
a magpie’s two cents

Madhuri Pillai


a conversation of ladies
at the doorway

Manoj Sharma


neighborhood scavenger hunt for white elephants

Margaret Walker
Lincoln, NE, USA


chapel threshold
the perfume
of prayers

Marilyn Ashbaugh


midnight knock
the full moon slips in
the doorway

Maya Daneva
The Netherlands


half open door
his mother and I
measuring each other

Meera Rehm


shoji screen
filters the evening sun
shrine’s doorway

Melanie Vance


he tells me
I’m still light as a feather…
second home

Michele L. Harvey
Hamilton, NY USA


in the doorway
first kiss

Mike Gallagher


the hill woods…
doorway to ancestors’

Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India


restaurant menu
what is that aroma in
the kitchen doorway?

Minal Sarosh
Ahmedabad, India


sacred doorways
runic symbols
foretell storms

Minko Tanev


dilapidated house
the doorway alive
with memories

Mona Bedi
Delhi, India


the doorway holds
tears and smiles

Neena Singh
Chandigarh, India


summer holiday –
across the doorway
children’s laughter

Nicole Pottier


ladybug on my pillow
one’s window is another’s door

Orense Nicod
Paris, France


mother’s lucky penny
at my throat
I board the ship

Padma Rajeswari
Mumbai, India


an open doorway
lit by afternoon sun
a sleeping cat

Pam Joy
Dyea, Alaska


house tour
open doorways
except for one

Pat Davis
Pembroke, NH USA


tumble over the wall
hidden garden gate

Peggy Hale Bilbro
Huntsville Alabama


but in front of the doorway Adam’s Needle

Pere Risteski
North Macedonia


clanging buoys
we ease through the fog
to safe harbor

Pris Campbell


Covid positive…
that barred

Priti Aisola
Hyderabad, India


mother’s loud good byes
still reverberate in the
dark musty door way

Priti Khullar
Noida, India


kid’s drawings
in the white margins around the verses

Radostina Dragostinova


opening porch door
the moon
shares her secrets

Ram Chandran


Leading to
The mistletoe

Rashmi Buragohain


sharing smiles
across distant lands
handheld doorway

Ravi Kiran
Hyderabad, India


last doorway
mother enters

Rehn Kovacic
Mesa, AZ


Gaza moon –
facing the ruined doorway,
a blind man

Rita Odeh
Haifa, Israel


the open doorway
of pretend

Roberta Beary
County Mayo Ireland


eighteen years…
a doorway
to a new life

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore
Catania, Italy


empty apartment –
opening the door
I enter the moon

Sanjuktaa Asopa
Karnataka, India


kids room
at the doorway
a pull-up bar

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


nursing home
through the doorway
autumn leaves

Stephen A. Peters
Bellingham, Wa. USA


house by the sea
in front of the doorway
lunar path

Stoianka Boianova


autumn twilight…
my feet stumble
in the doorway

Surashree Joshi
Pune, India


beaded curtain
in the doorway
freshman year

Susan Farner
United States


deepening twilight
a lone owl soars through
the great redwood

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA


waiting for rainbows –
sheltering in the doorway
at the used bookstore

Teiichi Suzuki


dark alleys…
depression creeps in

Teji Sethi


through these doors
the wind

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz
United States


silent seance
the medium tries
another doorway

Tom Bierovic
DeLand, FL, USA


hidden doorway
the secrets
an old house keeps

Tracy Davidson
Warwickshire, UK


hay moon
in the doorway
scent of lilies

Tsanka Shishkova


teenager’s room
standing in the doorway, I think
“where is my baby?”

Vandana Parashar


lilac wine
the way I enter
and exit worlds

Veronika Zora Novak


a gap gasps
as dawn stalks
wayward cracks

Victor Ortiz
Bellingham, WA


yellow leaves
scurry from door-to-door

vijay Joshi
monroe, NJ, USA


usual morning
in a front of bakery
I pass a neighbor

Wiesław Karliński
Namysłów, Poland


flight of the phoenix
the stages of life
that come to pass

Willie Bongcaron
Manila, Philippines


church, she walks
through the doorway
to happiness

Xiaoou Chen
Kunming, China


a doorway
my grandson asks
where the doors are

Zdenka Mlinar


Lori Zajkowski is the Post Manager for Haiku Dialogue. A novice haiku poet, she lives in New York City.

Managing Editor Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada, and her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019). Find her at:

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed each and every haiku prompted by your such inspiring themes! Thank you, KJ and Lori, for all those wonderful selections and comments. I am glad that my ku were included too.
    Congratulations to all the poets featured!
    Welcome, Craig!

  2. Thank-you for the commentary on my poem, KJ. Congratulations to all the wonderful poets. Looking forward to the weeks ahead, Craig!

  3. Kj, many thanks for the inspirational prompts and informative commentaries and to Lori for all the administration. I really enjoy these weekly challenges that regularly take me out of my comfort zone! Even more enjoyable is the opportunity to read such a wonderfully varied selection of responses. Congratulations to all the poets in this week’s lovely selection. There are so many to admire here. One that made me smile was…

    classroom door
    I put on
    my teacher face

    Bryan Rickert
    Belleville, Illinois USA

    This so beautifully captures the performance aspect of teaching.

    Welcome, Craig! I look forward to your series of prompts.

  4. Another wonderful selection of poems that range from poignant to light-hearted. Thank you KJ and Lori for your work and the doorway prompts.

  5. Who would have known how many different aspects of ‘Doors’ could have been thought up and expressed so well by poets these past 8 weeks? Thank you to them, and especially to Kathy for inspiring us, for including mine, and to Lori for the continued organization.
    Welcome to Craig, setting us another series of challenges to look forward to.

  6. Thanks to kj and Lori’s work during these 8 weeks, and thanks to kj for including and commenting on mine. So many wonderful haiku this week, but I’ll mention Stephen A. Peter’s poignant

    nursing home
    through the doorway
    autumn leaves

    Mike Gallagher’s

    in the doorway
    first kiss

    which has a light, perfect touch, and Bidyut Prabha’s

    Buddha’s eyes
    closed to open
    the mind’s eye

    which gives me more reasons to like it every time I read it.

  7. Congratulations to all the haiku poets who have crossed this doorway this week! Thank you Kathy so much for your comments on my haiku.

    1. Thanks so much Kathy & Lori for your tireless efforts in keeping HD a success.
      Thanks too for your comments on my ku, Kathy! Much appreciated.
      Looking forward to another installment of inspiring poems.
      Welcome, Craig & kudos to all poets!

  8. Thank you so much, Kj, for your dedication and for another fantastic selection. Welcome, Craig.and many congratulations to all the poets 😍

  9. Thanks dear kj & Lori for the wonderful prompts—so unique week on week! Stay well!

    Grateful for featuring such interesting ku with the commentary for the best ones.
    Enjoyed all the Editor’s choice haiku and happy to have mine there too.

    Welcome Craig!

  10. Thank-you Kathy and Lori for all your efforts on the door-to-door columns. Congrats to all the poets who were published. Welcome Craig !

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