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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Going for a Walk – rivers and clouds

Thanks to Co-Guest Editors Arvinder Kaur & Vandana Parashar for a fantastic exploration of the extremes of too much & too little. Please welcome returning Guest Editor Deborah Karl-Brandt who invites us to enjoy a little exercise – happy writing! kj

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.

prompt: rivers and clouds

Clouds and rivers. Children like them very much. Clouds and rivers are among the earliest things children can name and learn about as opposites. Of course, clouds are in the sky and you can’t touch them. Rivers are very tangible and belong to the earth.

But they also have some things in common. Both appear in many different forms. Both are in motion, but not of themselves. Both are a source of life. What seems like an irreconcilable opposition is actually quite the same thing.

Have you ever laid down on your back to watch the clouds, name them, and show your best friend their shape “like a rabbit”? Have you ever picked out a stick and floated it to see how fast it is? Have you ever drawn them? Written poems about them? Just enjoyed them? Great! Tell us about your experiences with clouds and rivers.

The deadline is midnight Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday June 01, 2024.

Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry.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 & residence as you would like it to appear in the column. 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.

Join us next week for Deborah’s selection of poems on the topic of rivers and clouds…


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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Haiku Dialogue offers a triweekly prompt for practicing your haiku. Posts appear each Wednesday with a prompt or a selection of poems from a previous week.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Hello Kacian!
    Haiku Foundation seens to be in the clutches of a few. They are undermining the foundations of a very great initiative.

  2. I saw your note to Kar and scrolled down after I sent my submission. There was no thank you message. Did you receive my monku? Thanks

    1. Hi Seretta – yes, we have received your submission, & I just tested the form & it worked for me – I did have to scroll down & the message was highlighted in green… unfortunately, that page cannot be retrieved as far as I know – at this point we have received over 250 submissions for this prompt…

  3. I am interested. I want to join in this group. Have posted a haiku. But unsure if it has reached.

    1. Gitangsu Kar, I can confirm that your haiku was received… after submitting on our submission form, if you scroll down the page that appears, you should see the message : “Thanks for contacting us! Your submission has been received.” hope this helps, kj

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