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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Opposites Attract – day/night

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 – above/below

The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Savings Time, Saturday September 5, 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Please submit one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme by clicking here: Contact Form.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 day/night:

I believe we experienced a record number of submissions this week – at least, a very high number – thank you poets! As a result, I have selected more poems to comment on, but commented a little less on each one…

with insomnia…
a hard day’s night

Carole Harrison
Jamberoo, Australia

Too often the causes of insomnia have more to do with the day than the night…

sunflower field
the nightfall

cezar-florin ciobîcă

Here we have a wonderful contrast between the dark of night & rows of bright yellow flowers…

hospital window
the silhouette of ravens
darker than before

Clifford Rames
Freehold, NJ

In this poem, the setting of the hospital may help to set up a darker mood…

on the border
between night and day…
by plane

lungo il confine
tra la notte e il giorno…
in aereo

Daniela Misso

Travel often involves borders & time zones, & it is possible to extend a sunrise or sunset depending on the route one takes…

city party
the limits

Deborah Karl-Brandt

As a pandemic poem, there are many levels here – the keyword ‘testing’ – & ‘the limits’ could refer to numbers as well as how late the party continues into the night…

fire season
day and night suspended
in particulate matter

Laurie Greer
Washington, DC

Anyone who has had any experience with wildfires will know how truly horrible the smoke can be. Not only can it be difficult to tell day from night in extreme conditions, but the stress of being on evacuation alert can also make it seem as though time is suspended…

turns to spring
dawn chorus

Olivier Schopfer

On second reading, winter & spring are like night & day…

after night
again a day…
a dog yawns

Vijay Prasad

Is there anything more to say? – in its simplicity, this poem seems to emphasize our human hopes & fears & dreams…

& here are the rest of my selections:

winter night
the darkness flows
into her eyes

Agus Maulana Sunjaya
Tangerang, Indonesia


vesper flights
the ever-falling blue
of swifts

(The “ascents” of Swifts are often called vesper flights, named after the Latin vesper for evening.)

Alan Summers
Avian Yard, Chippenham


last night’s rain
drips into rainbows
the shades opening

Albert Schepers


power outage –
in the corner of the blank screen
a full moon

Alex Ben Ari


birdsong chaotic dreams filtered through morning light

Alex Fyffe


counting the days…
for me and the garden
last full moon

Angiola Inglese


twilight lull
silver among dark tresses
on my pillow

Anitha Varma


following me into night crickets

Ann K. Schwader
Westminster, CO


day & night
in the same sky –
her wink

Ashish Singh


dawn chorus
the rustle of bed sheets
all quiet now

Astrid Egger


…skippers swirl

B.A. France


the way of Venus
an evening star twinkles
at the crack of dawn

Bona M. Santos
Los Angeles, CA


between night and day the next breath

Brăilean Mirela


winter silence
my breath cloud eclipses
the moon

Bryan Rickert


whatever gets you
through the night
day drinkers

Charles Harmon


sky lit
by sun and moon
summer solstice

Charlotte Hrenchuk


shadows of trees…
high noon

Cherry A
Assam, India


midnight words
hanging on the return
of the sun

Cynthia Anderson


old age –
days wilt and the nights
grow longer

Dan Campbell


nightmare forgotten
when the birdsong
breaks day

Debbie Scheving
Bremerton WA


caliente days
skinny dipping
in moonlight

Dianne Moritz


dawn’s chorus
lulling me to sleep –
night shifts

Dorothy Burrows


August rain…
this sky without sunrise
and without sunset

Elisa Allo


a bat nips a moth off a star

Elizabeth Moura


fading summer day
the never-ending mantra
of cicadas

Eva Limbach


night of the fireflies
bright as day
an egret’s feather

Helga Stania


summer twilight
a flock of ravens pulls
back the night

Hifsa Ashraf


to the dawn chorus
night owl

Ingrid Baluchi


the darkened shapes
of strangers

Isabel Caves
Auckland, New Zealand


day moon
lost innocence
of her smile

Isabella Kramer


night school…
the lingering weight
of gunny sacks

Ishaan Singh


from oblivion of you
morning light

Jackie Chou
Pico Rivera, CA USA


winter twilight
each night’s sleep
a little deeper

john hawkhead


winter long days –
the warmth of my mother’s knitting
in my hands

Julia Guzmán


as the sun rises
she dozes off…

Karen Harvey
North Wales


the coolness
of your layered passion

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


day lilies, night jasmine
the mysteries of marriage
in the bride’s bouquet

Kimberly Esser
Los Angeles, CA


the irrelevance
of windows

Lorraine Padden


the scent
of pine needles
dawn walk

Louise Hopewell


looking worse for wear
fading day moon

Madhuri Pillai


upon the LED lights…
a waxing crescent moon

Manoj Sharma


sleeping porch…
the owl
turns his head

Margaret Walker


white sea waves hit upon black mountain sharp cutting night

Maria Papatzelou


her fragrance lights
our path

Marilyn Ashbaugh
Christiana Lake, MI


wake house…
the darkness erased
by morning

(In Ireland there is a tradition of staying up all night to “wake” the deceased. Relatives often recount stories from the person’s life.)

Marion Clarke


cop copter hovering
an artificial star
over backstreet light

Mark Gilbert


night shift
the morning coffee
before heading home

Maya Daneva
The Netherlands


the graveyard shift
day moon

Michele L. Harvey


longest night…
a single candle lights up
the empty bedroom

Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India


morning breeze
fireflies from the sunrise
recognize us

Minko Tanev


for the daylight

Mohammad Azim Khan
Peshawar Pakistan


solar eclipse…
crescent moon shadows
on the pavement

Nancy Brady


harsh daylight
demands flight
but then the night…

nancy liddle


moon and sun…
two true friends
never say hello

Nani Mariani


night magic in waking eyes

Neena Singh
Chandigarh, India


awoken by
the delivery van’s stereo –
morning chorus

Nick T


web surfing –
daylight hours go on
into the night

Nicole Pottier


all day rain
all night rain
i turn out the lights

Pamela A. Babusci
Rochester, NY USA


morning mizzle
the caress of moss
between my toes

Pat Davis


midnight thunderclap bright as day found my keys

Paul Geiger


we leave
the porch light off
slowing time

Peggy Hale Bilbro


2am boozy tweets…day erases night

Peter Adair
Northern Ireland


Television sunrise
faintly reflected
on a star-bright window.

Pippa Phillips


darkness creeps
over downed power lines
the world as it was

Pris Campbell


solar eclipse…
her fingers read
The Story of My Life

R.Suresh Babu


straws of dry grass
in her red braid
harvest moon

Radostina Dragostinova


sparrow song
wakes the sun

Rehn Kovacic


hoot of owls
last sack of today’s
olive harvest

Roberta Beach Jacobson


daylight ebbs
i turn the deadbolt
in cat pajamas

Roberta Beary
County Mayo Ireland


one day at a time
bronze token on the horizon
one night away

Ron Scully


night shift
my phone
on silent mode

Ronald K. Craig
Batavia, Ohio USA


cloudy day…
putting a little blush
on my cheeks

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore


elastic shudder
the bats swoop out in shadow
between day and night

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY


split sky –
the world painted
in two shades

Shalini Pattabiraman


“Moon River” –
the harsh light
of the morning after

Sheila Sondik
Bellingham, WA


the sun returns
the daws



morning sun
the darkness of the room flees
under my bed

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


night into day
between us
cherry blossoms

Stephen A. Peters


night train
travels towards the morning
grandmother and grandchild

Stoianka Boianova


daybreak –
I still see the moon
in her eyes

Surashree Joshi


high noon –
a swallowtail stealing
into its shadow

Teiichi Suzuki


laundry to lullabies
a young mother
on her toes

Teji Sethi


morning fog
mistaking the sun
for moon

Tim Cremin


silent night
before morning bells

Tsanka Shishkova


moon magic
the invisible thread
suspends a star

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


its welcome
…day moon

Vandana Parashar


owl eyes
a daytime cloud
darkens the sky

vincenzo adamo


night and day
brevity of togetherness

Vishnu Kapoor


encounter of
day and night insects
artificial light

Zdenka Mlinar


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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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