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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Opposites Attract – arrive/leave

Opposites Attract

Hello – kj here – I will be taking the reins again for the next few weeks, with the theme ‘opposites attract’. The prompt each week will be a pair of opposites – feel free to be inspired by one or the other, or both! I hope this draws you towards excellent haiku – the way the compass, even in these uncertain times, will always settle on ‘North’…

                  compass needle


next week’s theme:  OPPOSITES ATTRACT – destroy/create

The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Savings Time, Saturday October 17, 2020.

Please submit one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme by clicking here: Contact Form. Please put Haiku Dialogue in the Subject box, & include your name as you would like it to appear, & your place of residence, with your poem. I look forward to reading your submissions.

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 the commentary for arrive/leave:

art school endowment
leaving everything
to the imagination

Laurie Greer
Washington, DC

What a wonderful, hopeful celebration of generosity, expressed here in a way that is fresh & new – it has always been true, but perhaps in our current world situation it has become clearer, that money changes everything, & certainly artists who have some degree of financial security are free to concentrate more fully on their art, their imaginations…

back home
I call my mother
back home

Marisa Fazio

Where home is where we are & also where we used to be, & where someone else is…

so long universe
as I enter another –
chapter eleven

Mark Meyer

On first reading, the first two lines of this poem lead the reader in a particular direction, perhaps a spiritual one, & line three turns this to a completely different interpretation – that of the bankruptcy of a business – where the business may have been someone’s whole universe, & which can be viewed as a form of rebirth…

departure lounge
we compare
our life lines

Olivier Schopfer

There is an interesting connection between the setting of this poem & the activity described – also, the reader can decide if the people involved have just met – is this an icebreaker?

& here are the rest of my selections:

the long whistle
of a flycatcher
departing train

Agus Maulana Sunjaya
Tangerang, Indonesia


ashes spread
where they met
for summer camp

Alan Harvey
Tacoma, WA


omnipresent cat –
the mouse comes
and goes

Aljoša Vuković
Šibenik, Croatia


winter evening –
traveling with the moon
east to west

sera d’inverno –
in viaggio con la luna
da est a ovest

Angiola Inglese


super puma
goodbye oil rig
hello home

Ann Rawson


isolation ward –
recognising the footsteps
that come and go

arvinder kaur
Chandigarh, India


on glideslope
descending on course
remembering her

B.A. France


I stop

Bakhtiyar Amini


company arrives –
my kids bring their kids
bring their friends

Barrie Levine
Wenham MA


first homecoming

Ben Oliver
Stroud, England


empty nester
time on her hands
with a blank calendar

Bona Santos


daisy petals
she loves me
she loves me not…

Brăilean Mirela


arrivals board
behind the glass window
departing geese

cezar-florin ciobîcă


getting ahead
of our selves
time machine

Charles Harmon
Los Angeles, California


in the first rain of spring
a clump of morels

Cherry A
Assam, India


the first cry
of my baby brother…
mother’s last breath

Christine L. Villa


takeoff –
a different emotion
than landing

Dan Campbell


goose honks overhead
either direction
dusk or dawn

Dana Rapisardi


fleeting glances –
sliding doors of the metro

sguardi fugaci –
le porte scorrevoli del metro

Daniela Misso


late spring
my winter hands
coming and going

David Gale
Gloucester UK


a new year
we leave the masks
in the closet

Debbie Scheving
Bremerton, WA


crowded at the fence

Deborah Karl-Brandt


autumn comes –
a leaf comes off
and fly away

Dennys Cambarau


appointment –
new leaves replace
the old ones

Devoshruti Mandal


my mother’s house
as soon as I arrive
can’t wait to leave

Dianne Moritz
Southampton, NY


a life span

Didimay D. Dimacali
Norwalk, CA


winter’s snowdrop –
days before her death
an acceptance

Dorothy Burrows


between arrivals
and departures flickers

Dubravka Šćukanec
Zabreb, Croatia


moving away
what goes and
what stays

Edna Beers


another birthday
every ending is
a new beginning  

Elisa Allo


lone autumn night
I rummage around
mother’s jewel box

Eva Limbach


videochiamata –
nel trolley un fiore in bottiglia

video call –
in the trolley a flower in a bottle

Giuliana Ravaglia


Clouds come floating
Dispelling gloom.
Farmers till the soil.

Goutam Dutta
Kolkata, India


November afternoon
poll workers finish
the urn of coffee

Greer Woodward
Waimea, HI


coming and going
the waves

Helen Ogden


leaving my garden
red leaves fall
on neighbor’s lawn

Helga Stania


summer’s end
at the hospice window
hazy moon

Hifsa Ashraf


shaft exit
night shift’s high fives
with the morning crew

Ingrid Baluchi
Ohrid, North Macedonia


seasons changing
the coming and going
of fair weather friends

Jackie Chou
Pico Rivera, CA USA


fleeting autumn
frost tinges
each leaf

Janice Munro


First tooth
(re)places my head
Under a pillow

Jerry French


winter solstice
a new bud before
the last leaf falls

Joanne van Helvoort


first chill in my bones
the sound of trumpeters

John S Green
Bellingham, WA


shooting star
explaining to the child
where I will go

john hawkhead


entrance of infected people –
sad eyes in spring…

Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi


coming back home –
grandpa’s open arms
behind the glass door

Julia Guzman


the first kiss
also our last…
departing train

Kanjini Devi


arrivals and departures catered for
florist shop

Karen Harvey
North Wales


the first frost,
rabbit tracks –

Lemuel Waite
Georgetown, Kentucky


train station
always in the same place
trains are passing

Ljiljana Dobra


hurrying the elevator
to reach
her last breath

Lorraine A. Padden
San Diego, CA


elbow bump
an avenue
of bare elms

Louise Hopewell


apple blossoms…
my dreams too leave
one by one

Madhuri Pillai


winter sun…
the light of Buddha

Manoj Sharma
Kathmandu, Nepal


first to arrive
last to leave
her ex husband

Margaret Mahony


dream house ghosts in every room

Margaret Walker


to return
to the starting point

al punto di partenza

Maria Teresa Piras


a virtual coffee break
watching my colleagues
arrive and leave

Maya Daneva
The Netherlands


baby’s teeth
coming together and moving apart
my face tattoos

Melanie Vance


airport runway
between takeoffs and landings
well fed chicks

Michele L. Harvey


our broken
wedding vows
spring snow on roses

Michelle Beyers


dawn chorus…
at last a haiku
of migrating birds

Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India


baby bump
grandma’s knitting needles
click with joy

Minal Sarosh
Ahmedabad, India


bicycle bell
my father’s silhouette
passes the horizon

Minko Tanev


economic migrant…
happy arrival
short lived

Mohammad Azim Khan
Peshawar Pakistan


such a long time…
only his words arrive at me

Mona Iordan


discovering his death
she sends her ex
a friend request

nancy liddle


how easy it is
to let go

Neena Singh
Chandigarh, India


migrating –
at border crossings
to-and-fro murmur

Nicole Pottier


two pink lines
become one
yet motherhood lingers

Padma Srinivasan


her eyes
glancing past me…
my friend

Palle Krishna Rao
Chennai India


our last lunch shadows creep into the pudding

Pris Campbell


her last breath
when he arrives
into this earth

Radhamani sarma


return ticket
virus modifies
my itinerary

Rajeshwari Srinivasan


first light
when the door closes
she doesn’t cry

Rehn Kovacic


leave a message
the next time you call
wait till I’m in Spain

Ron Scully


a great horned owl
drops in for take out

Ronald K. Craig


leaving for college
a red leaf flies off the car
lands in the driveway

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY


sashes wide
a starling enters
by the chimney



faded moon –
surrounded by red

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


from the city
lost leaves from the tree
hometown visit

Stephen A. Peters


the dog is waiting
at the lonely station
the moon arrives

Stoianka Boianova


November’s hope
delivered to my mailbox
a mail-in ballot

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles


new leaves
… the spring
in my step

Sushama Kapur


still visitor
from the next door –
morning glory

Teiichi Suzuki


migratory birds
taking home
a piece of sky

प्रवासी पक्षी
एक टुकड़ा आसमान
घर ले चले

(Hindi translation)

Teji Sethi


if people can change
half-packed suitcase

Tom Bierovic
DeLand, FL, USA


Milky Way –
the crickets’ song
from one side to the other

Tomislav Maretić


packed bags
still I don’t know
if I’m coming or going

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom


storks fly south
on the old chimney
empty nest

Tsanka Shishkova


garden party
the butterfly appears
all in a flutter

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


covid ward
every vacant bed taken
within minutes

Vandana Parashar


and departures…
reaching nowhere

Vijay Prasad


time to migrate –
the traveler stops
at the inn

Vincenzo adamo


vacates the pond
onrushing clouds

Vishnu Kapoor


arrival of autumn –
memory of grandfathers

dolazak jeseni –
sjećanje na djedov

Zdenka Mlinar
Zagreb, Croatia


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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