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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Going for a Walk – magnificent trees – long list

Going for a Walk with Guest Editor Deborah Karl-Brandt

The late Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh could see water in all its transformations. Water in the form of a cloud would soon become rain, a river, the sea, and it would help grow plants and trees. The trees would flourish and become paper on which the haijin would write their poetry, so that the cloud (water) would eventually be contained within the poetry itself. Nothing can exist by itself. Let’s take a walk together to follow the different paths of water and see where they will lead us.

Below is Deborah’s selection of poems on the topic of magnificent trees:

child’s play
the frog limps back
into the woods

Alex Fyffe
United States


naming all the trees
I know by heart

Allyson Whipple
St. Louis, Missouri


a loud roar beyond
the crocodile bark tree
dusk in the forest

Amoolya Kamalnath


green lake-
the maple whispers a lullaby
to the wandering moon

Anica Marcelić
Zaprešić, Croatia


a sapling then…
generations enjoy
the shade of this banyan

Anjali Warhadpande


all that still

Anju Kishore


a breath of pine…
entering the forest
enters me

Anne Fox


spring sunrise …
how the oak swells
with birdsong

Annie Wilson
Shropshire, UK


under veil of moonlight the nakedness of cymbal

Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh India


homeward bound
the tree outside my window
bursts into birdsong

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
Kolkata, India


the earth moist
with leaf cover
dad’s baritone

Barrie Levine
United States


sparrow hawk
leaving the pine wood
scattering rain

Brian Kershaw
Yorkshire, England


even for the pear
tree split by the storm
blossom season

Bryan Rickert
Belleville, Illinois, USA


windfall fruit
the roundness
of belonging

C.X. Turner


bark shedding
the leopard tree
changes its spots

Carol Reynolds


Mother maple
doula winds
deliver her seedlings

Caroline Giles Banks
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


Lone trail runner
the trees

Caroline Ridley-Duff


a brown bear
tastes first

Cezar Ciobica


giant tree
the sloth arrives at the top
a week behind time

Chen Xiaoou
Kunming, China


distant branches
the moon

Cindy Putnam Guentherman
Loves Park, IL, USA


sudden wholeness –
I feel blood in the roots
sap in my veins

Cristina Povero


in the forest
of the night
tiger PJs

Cynthia Anderson
Yucca Valley, California


a mouse resting in the shade of a bonsai

Dan Campbell


midnight in the glade –
a stag holds between its horns
the moon

Dan C. Iulian


at every step
another part of me . . .
fog in the forest

Daniela Misso


small i in the midst of redwood trees

Daya Bhat


favorite tree
the bear satisfies
an itch

Debbie Sterling
Oregon, USA


after the wildfire –
first heron
in the banyan tree

Deborah A. Bennett
Illinois USA


a willow
drapes over the fishes & me
the river bank

Dinah Power
Haifa, Israel


poison oak
hugging the redwood
a mistake

Eavonka Ettinger
Long Beach, CA


the oak tree
with a red paint mark –
summer’s end

Eva Limbach


around a young tree
creeping ivy towards the sun
the fateful friend

Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė


morning fog
sound of trees dripping
on fallen leaves

Govind Joshi
Dehradun, India


father’s family tree –
one branch of it
points to me

vaders stamboom –
één tak ervan
wijst naar mij

Guido De Pelsmaeker


wooded path
I stop to hug
another tree

Helen Ogden
Pacific Grove, CA


forest silence broken
the chittering
of a startled squirrel

Ingrid Baluchi
North Macedonia


a broken branch…
buds still growing
on it

Ivan Ivančan
Zagreb, Croatia


taking the long way
to my volunteer job
falling magnolias

Jackie Chou
United States


flame of the forest
she picks fire with
bare hands

Jahnavi Gogoi


mother’s love of woods
beyond any description ~
sacred legacy

Jean Tubridy
Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland


your tiny leaves
fan the flames of my heart–
gingko love

Jennifer Gurney


stray sparks
the aspen billows
in wind

Jerome Berglund
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


forest the breeze of shadows bathing

John S Green
Amman, Jordan


council cutbacks
the town’s oldest cherry tree
felled for firewood

John Hawkhead
United Kingdom


class play
the tall girl typecast
as the oak

John Pappas


wind after rain petrichor through heart and soul

John Zheng


misty forest
whispering trees
show me the way

Jovana Dragojlovic
Belgrade, Serbia


one hand pressed
against the oldest oak
mother’s last pulse

Kathabela Wilson


growing up —
the different seasons
in an almond tree

Kavitha Sreeraj
Hyderabad, India


bamboo grove path
regular footsteps
of the monk

Keiko Izawa


our old tree
bowed with apples
its unseen heart-rot

Keith Evetts
Thames Ditton UK


light touches the forest floor . . .
I remember to breathe

Kimberly Kuchar
Austin, Texas


an old oak
during the full moon–
last photo

Krzysztof Kokot


forest bathing
we inhale and exhale
the sounds of earth

Lakshmi Iyer


orb web
the heart of a snag oak
still beating

Laurie Greer
Washington DC


alone in the woods
swarmed by a gang
of turkeys

Lev Hart
Calgary, Canada


forest walk
I learn to be
more tree

Lori Kiefer


a crimson heath climbs
to the light

Lorraine Haig
Tasmania, Australia


gnarled roots
the view from
a bedroom window

Lorraine A Padden
San Diego, CA


hiding high in a tangle
of lilypilly branches
children’s laughter

Louise Hopewell


eye-opener in the grove
fiddlehead fern…
her mournful April

Luciana Moretto
Treviso Italy


childhood game
our home base
always an oak tree

Madeleine Kavanagh
United States


that one idea
growing into a forest
banyan tree

Madhavi Karri


miles away
the pull of a river red gum —
i smell its breath

Madhuri Pillai


first school play
my daughter is a
magnificent tree

Margie Gustafson
Lombard, IL USA


evening wind
willows are revealing
their secrets

Marianne Sahlin


the birch
speaks first

marilyn ashbaugh
edwardsburg, michigan


trying to write haiku
I go to the pine

Marion Clarke
Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland


Texas heatwave
under the shade of a live oak
my parents’ grave

Mark Meyer
Mercer Island WA USA


60th reunion
the cottonwoods
still whispering

Maxianne Berger
Outremont, QC


last maple leaf
i catch it
in my haiku

Meera Rehm


Judas trees in flower
the promise
of winter’s end

Mike Fainzilber
Rehovot, Israel


deep in the forest
my monkey mind
takes a seat

Mike Stinson
Nebraska, USA


autumn’s showcase—
the forest filled with
glowing embers

Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India


gusting wind
a neem tree bursts
into parrots

Mona Bedi
Delhi, India


mountain trek —
wherever I look
sound of the waterfall

Muskaan Ahuja
Chandigarh, India


wintry skies…
deer walk out of the forest
to feed

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio


the silent song
of moss-draped trees…
forest trail

Neena Singh



Nick T.
Somerset, England


sheltering generations
in its embrace
old banyan

Nitu Yumnam


for a drop of stolen sap
under the shade
of a date palm tree

Padmini Krishnan
United Arab Emirates


light breeze
a willow weeps
with me

Patricia Hawkhead
United Kingdom


standing below
redwood trees I contemplate

Paul Callus
Malta, Europe


sizzling sun…
that cool curl of air
beneath tall pines

Pris Campbell


temple banyan
the black ants circumambulating
at brahma muhurta

R. Suresh Babu


backyard mango tree –
chirping sparrow
answers rustling leaves

Ram Chandran


pine forest
all the furniture
that wasn’t made

Ravi Kiran


beavers chew
a logger’s next meal

Rhoda Tripp
Allegan, MI, USA


picking up
the mystic’s words
tree nuts

Richa Sharma


a small tent
the sound of wind
in tall trees

Richard Straw
Cary, North Carolina


reaching for the sky
ancient oaks

Rita Melissano


weeping willow
intertwined with
my irish twin

Roberta Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


the long arms
of an ancient banyan
holding me

Rupa Anand
New Delhi, India


spotted fawn
in dappled forest-

Ruth Happel
United States


on the taiga
stunted spruce trees
north wind

Ruth Holzer
Herndon, VA


his drunken stumble
up a stairway
dryad’s saddle

Sangita Kalarickal
United States


sacred stump
in the old growth forest
we follow the signs

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA


huge tree
twittering his identity
a small bird

Satyanarayana Chittaluri
Kalwakurthy, Telangana, India


magickal pine
I gift my cloak
to the forest floor

Sharon Ferrante
Florida, USA


giant baobab
telling stories about

Shruti Patel


looking beyond
the willow 彼方 so much light
inside the coffin



the carpet
I can’t step on …
jacaranda flowers

Sreenath G.


autumn forest –
instead of photographs
I take fir-trees cones

Steliana Cristina Voicu
Ploiesti, Romania


saving lives
from perches on high
tree sitters

Stephen J. DeGuire
Los Angeles, CA


wind bells
whisper of lovers
under tangerine tree

Stoianka Boianova


cicadas stop
wrens taking over
summer bush walk

Subhashini Jayatilake
Sydney, Australia


a whale’s belly quivers
on the beach sand

Subir Ningthouja
Imphal, Manipur, India


magnificent tree
bows down in prayer
on an unvisited tomb

Sudha Devi Nayak
Bhubaneswar India


sweetgum trees
beauty lost
in the beasts

Susan Farner


stone Buddha
under gigantic cedar trees
in meditation

Teiichi Suzuki


heart of the woods
the hedgehog we rescued
returns home

Tracy Davidson
Warwickshire, UK


The silence of
a fir forest,
only fungi sigh

Tracey Foster
United Kingdom


crisp cold morning
neighbor’s mulberry tree
littering my back yard

Tuyet Van Do


instead of that tree
knowing our June secrets
now a diary

Urszula Marciniak


dense forest . . .
home to the legend
of bigfoot

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


summer rain
a few stray branches burst
free from the topiary

Vandana Parashar


wind caresses her body
tree shadow

Vicki Vogt
Watertown, MA USA


strong winds
the conformed symmetry
of rain trees

Vidya Premkumar
Kerala, India


forest walk
i pick myself
from a fallen leaf

Vijay Prasad
Patna, India


mango tree
cuckoo’s song deepens
its shade

Vipanjeet Kaur
Chandigarh, India


desert palm
missing cool shadow
of banyan

Vishnu Kapoor
Chennai, India


campfire sparks flying
falling into the eucalypts
a star

wanda amos


Join us next week for Deborah’s commentary on additional poems…


Guest Editor Deborah Karl-Brandt lives in Bonn, Germany, with her husband, two rabbits and numerous books. After her PhD studies in Scandinavian languages and literatures, she now works as a freelance author and poet. One of her poems won 2nd place in the 2021 Pula Film Festival Haiku Contest. Her poems have most recently appeared in Prune Juice, Kingfisher, First Frost, Frogpond, Failed Haiku and Tsuridoro. If she is not outside for a long stroll or to do some birdwatching, she is an avid reader who is currently exploring Chinese Xianxia Webnovels.

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 16 Comments

  1. Thank you Guest Editor Deborah Karl-Brandt for including my “timberrrr!” haiku in this selection.
    Congratulations to all.

  2. I appreciate all observations of our great trees.
    Resonating most with me this week are “the earth moist” by Barrie Levine, “forest the breeze” by John S. Green, “our old tree” by Keith Evetts, “light touches the forest floor” by Kimberly Kuchar, and “light breeze” by Patricia Hawkhead. Thank you, Deborah, for guest editing.

  3. Thank you to Deborah for selecting my tiny haiku that I conceived whilst walking in wet forests last Spring. It’s been lovely to read all the other inspired poetry too.

  4. Congratulations to all the poets on such magnificent haiku. Lots to appreciate, but having lived on the backend of an arboretum, I loved Nick T’s
    With his word play, he describes my family ‘s experience wandering through our local arboretum regularly. Between the ponds, the ducks, the bowers, etc. my children enjoyed them all.

    Thanks,Deborah, for accepting my haiku, and thanks, Kathy and Lori, for your commitment to keeping Haiku Dialogue functioning week after week. Kudos to all the hardworking volunteers here.

  5. Another engrossing collection Deborah. Some sweet, some funny… a few are profound and and a few others are oh so relatable. A nice mix. Will take a couple of readings more for me. After a first read through most of it, here are some that made me pause.

    forest walk
    I learn to be
    more tree

    Lori Kiefer

    deep in the forest
    my monkey mind
    takes a seat

    Mike Stinson
    Nebraska, USA

    pine forest
    all the furniture
    that wasn’t made

    Ravi Kiran

    Thank you for including one of mine too, Deborah. Honoured 🙏

  6. Thank you Deborah and to everyone who has made it possible. A delight to see my ku selected for the list.

  7. Thank you Deborah for gathering these refreshing and beautiful poems…so much to ponder. I am going to read the list again! Thank you for including my poem! Thank you Katherine and Lori for all your work as well!

  8. Many thanks for selecting my haiku!
    Congratulations to all featured poets!

  9. What a breath-taking selection.
    Thank you, and wonderful to be included. Sharing two of my favourites in appreciation of the poets.

    deep in the forest
    my monkey mind
    takes a seat

    Mike Stinson
    Nebraska, USA

    light breeze
    a willow weeps
    with me

    Patricia Hawkhead
    United Kingdom

  10. What a wonderful walk through trees you’ve created, Deborah. Thanks for including mine.

    This poem reminded me of one of my heroes, Julia Butterfly Hill.

    saving lives
    from perches on high
    tree sitters

    Stephen J. DeGuire
    Los Angeles, CA

  11. Thank you Deborah for including my haiku in this selection. Congratulations to all haijin featured in this list.

  12. Thank you Deborah for including my haiku this week. And congratulations to all the poets here! There are so so many astonishingly wonderful haiku here. It is great reading the variety – firs, baobabs, banyans, palms, willows, pines, oaks and more.

  13. Thanks to Deborah for selecting my haiku. Thanks also to Lori, Kathy, and the
    Haiku Foundation. Congrats to all the poets.

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