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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Opposites Attract – here/there

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 – junior/senior

The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Savings Time, Saturday September 26, 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Please submit one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme by clicking here: Contact Form.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 here/there:

In past editing sessions, I did not select the same poets two weeks in a row, but this time around I am not limiting my choices this way. Inevitably, some of the same names are going to reappear here, simply because of personal preference, the same way that often a contest judge will blindly longlist more than one piece by the same author… also, there were a number of what I consider to be experimental poems this week… are they haiku?

almost ready
for the journey

Deborah Karl-Brandt

Birds? Or perhaps a person is being described here – it is an economical skill in short-form poetry to use words that can work both as nouns & verbs…

tokyo station platform
the long distance train
capped with snow

Keiko Izawa

The difference between ‘here’ & ‘there’ is effortlessly conveyed in this poem through concise word choices & clear details of description…

target practice –
hit and miss snow showers
graze the hilltops

Michele L. Harvey

Here is an example that illustrates juxtaposition – not every haiku needs to follow this structure, but this is a way to ensure a gap that leaves something for the reader to figure out…

granddaughter’s birthday…
the candles and cake
are virtual

R.Suresh Babu

A simple, clear snapshot of a celebration, with a twist on line three – the poet does not tell us how to feel, but feel we do…

classroom window
the teacher awakens
my senses

Robert Kingston

In times past this awakening might include corporal punishment of some kind – the rap of a wooden ruler on the hands, perhaps…

our eyes meet
across the room
different time zones

Ronald K. Craig
Batavia, OH USA

The zoom room, of course…

she is my mother
on and off

Vandana Parashar

Another poem that evokes emotion so well without stating it, & encapsulates this cruel situation, where a loved one truly can be here & then somewhere else…

& here are the rest of my selections:


Aaron Barry
Port Moody, Canada


life on Mars I change channels

Adrian Bouter


from here
to anywhere
fairy tales

Agus Maulana Sunjaya
Tangerang, Indonesia


sound of distant bells
through the early morning mist
daffodils’ trumpets

Albert Schepers


a missile –
my house is here
there and everywhere

Aljoša Vuković
Šibenik, Croatia


so far away
the sky without color –
so close

così lontano
il cielo senza colore –
così vicino

Angiola Inglese


strolling by the sea
moon follows
on gentle waves

Anjali Warhadpande


monsoon clouds
mother brings in petrichor
with the laundry

Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh, India


oceans away
my sister and I swap
covid stories

Bona M. Santos
Los Angeles, CA


a ride ticket
in my pocket
migratory birds

Brăilean Mirela


lovers pledge
beneath a harvest moon
the tide turns

Bryan Cook


now you see it
now you don’t

Bryan Rickert


somewhere ventured
somewhat lost

C.R. Harper


bedroom window
I look back at myself
viewing the moon

Carol Jones


the memory in her pillow case scent of summer

Carole Harrison
Jamberoo, NSW, Australia


first songbird
the spaces along the road
between here and there

cezar-florin ciobîcă


perched bird…
the touch of her hand
on mine

Cherry A
Assam, India


protected by a patch
of poison ivy
wild rose

Claudia Coutu Radmore
Carleton Place, Ontario


takeoffs and landings –
two different

Dan Campbell


ancient ruins –
to be here and there
step by step

rovine antiche –
essere qui e là
passo dopo passo

Daniela Misso


another day
and here I am
trail in the morning dew

David Gale
Gloucester, UK


galaxy t-shirt
dandruff hides
among the stars

David Oates


a wish –
his eyes blink
to a fallen star

Devoshruti Mandal


the priest’s cassock
fluttering by the door
white butterfly

Diana Webb


this pandemic
home alone here
with my memories

Dianne Moritz
Southampton, NY


Social Distancing
six feet…

Didimay D. Dimacali
Norwalk, CA


her grave’s daisies –
the daughters
let them grow

Dorothy Burrows


ducks traveling –
the first maple leaf
on my hand

Elisa Allo


my remote on the other side
of the sofa

(fjaka is Dalmatian local word for physiological phenomenon similar to lethargy, only worse)

Franjo Ordanić


wildfire smoke
fading in and out
field workers

Gary Evans


a loud call
from the magpie
a distant reply

Giddy Nielsen-Sweep


new love
in my home – the children
do not come

Gordana Vlašić


Phone message.
Miles away
A smile breaks.

Goutam Dutta
Kolkata, India



Graham Swanson


crescent of Ramadan…
the little girl cleans
her old lantern

(Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims.)

Hassane Zemmouri


mum and i
in love with the moon
from our landing

Helen Buckingham
Somerset, UK


trying to be here
not there or there…

Helen Ogden


pathless bedrock
the pendant bridge

Helga Stania


magpies cawing
on both sides of the border
presidential debates

Hifsa Ashraf


St. Paul’s cathedral
bouncing off far walls
centuries of whispers

(With probably the most famous whispering gallery, St. Paul’s (London) was built in 1710.)

Ingrid Baluchi


two hundred days
to get to mars
she ties her shoes

isabella mori
Richmond BC, unceded ancestral Musqueam Territory


the seagulls visit
before you do

Jackie Chou
Pico Rivera, CA USA


broad wings
a mouse’s journey
on high

Janice Munro


summer break…
at home the scorching sun
of harmattan

Jibril Dauda Muhammad
Bwari Abuja, Nigeria


forest trail sign
tells us that we are here
where is that?

Joanne Morcom
Calgary, Alberta


here          ∞          there

John S Green
Bellingham, WA


garden preparation –
the turtle prints here and there…


Jorge Alberto Giallorenzi


here and there
the inmigrantes’ corpses –
setting sun


Julia Guzmán


Modern Studies –
an out of date world map
on the classroom wall

Juliet Wilson
Edinburgh, Scotland


Black beetle
going helter-skelter
over white marble Aphrodite.

Kamal Parmar
Nanaimo B.C.


shooting season
a pair of mallards shuffle
to the old pond

Kanjini Devi


long distance romance
reaching out to you

Karen Harvey
North Wales


raising a glass
to where
we used to be

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


christmas ornaments
I see her
come back to life

Kelli Lage


mobius strip

Kevin Henry


from a cupboard
to the table
my ancestors

Kiti Saarinen


sandwiched between
two generations –
a forty year old

Lakshmi Iyer


first steps
learning papa
is always there

Laurie Greer
Washington DC


the Milky Way
on the lake –
no ripples

Lemuel Waite
Georgetown, Kentucky


peeling the onion
what’s here
and there

Lorraine A. Padden
San Diego, California


all the places
I would rather be…
winter chill

Madhuri Pillai


crescent moon
her sharp glance
pierces heart

Mafizuddin Chowdhury
Nagaon, Assam, India


Constitution day –
a beggar watches
from the corner

Manoj Sharma
Kathmandu Nepal


my grandchildren’s smiles

Margaret Mahony


sunrise service breakfast at the shelter

Margaret Walker


insomnia –
from the window,
the stars…

Maria Teresa Piras


warm night
her song swings from balcony
to balcony

Marisa Fazio


half-silvered windows
the sidewalk

Mark Gilbert


deep in the woods
beyond my bear bell’s dinging

Maxianne Berger


picking stars
from my balcony
do I need gloves?

Melanie Vance


yellow autumn tree
yellow flight of birds

Merridy Cox


From here to there
wild pine wind whistles and blows
whistles and blows

Michelle Beyers


as the TV series starts
grandma’s prayer

Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India


sailing from shore to shore
I am the boat

Minal Sarosh
Ahmedabad, India


View through the window
To mountain peaks
Morning fog

Mira Jungić


Black Friday…
you scuffle here
I grab there

Mohammad Azim Khan
Peshawar Pakistan


the distance between
our galaxy and the next

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio


on her wall
long gone

nancy liddle


the here and there of ten thousand things        autumn moon

Neena Singh
Chandigarh, India


empty beach –
seagulls turn off shore
among trawlers

Nicole Pottier


whaleback ridge
separating summers
wet and dry

Calgary, AB


morning fog
no more distance between
here & there

Olivier Schopfer


across the field
a drift of goldenrod

Pat Davis
Pembroke, NH


the girl dances
along the empty street
in her drop-hem dress

Patricia Prime


change of pace
downy woodpecker
at the suet basket

paul geiger


flicker of sunlight
yellow butterflies
on impatiens

Peggy Hale Bilbro


here/there the Beatles said it first

Pris Campbell


a single   tap
on enter tab – message
from here to     far

Radhamani sarma


birds migration
learning myself
to return

Radostina Dragostinova


in isolation
alone with myself
butterfly on the table

Refika Dedić
Bosna i Hercegovina


of your embrace

Rehn Kovacic


in a bottle
the need to break out

Roberta Beach Jacobson
Indianola, Iowa, USA


here I am
where you might find me
hineni darkly

Ron Scully


almost autumn…
a scent of heather
around here

Rosa Maria Di Salvatore


still pond
a raindrop here
and there

Sanela Pliško


a smoky sun
rises from the ashes
burns off the morning dew

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY


my Australian friends
now comfort me –
forest fires

Sheila Sondik
Bellingham, WA


summer morning
the ant’s shadow
to and fro

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


vegan and non vegan dreams
the cherry blossoms
between us

Stephen A. Peters


summer noon…
the breeze no longer
carries your scent

Surashree Joshi


you remain somewhere t(here)

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles


sunset descent…
the flurry of flamingos
he tries to paint

Sushama Kapur


drought –
in the moss garden
scattered bold patches

Teiichi Suzuki


line of control
my identity
in halves

लाइन ऑफ कंट्रोल
मेरा वजूद
दो हिस्सों में

(This is the Hindi translation of the ku.)

Teji Sethi


lazy afternoon –
watching the shadows
growing longer

Tomislav Maretić


left on the church steps
a mother’s love
neither here nor there

Tracy Davidson
Warwickshire, UK


somewhere to the east
are their homes

Tsanka Shishkova


I am here
and not there

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


can not escape from myself…
here or there

Vijay Prasad


far autumn
my foot tramples
a cicada

vincenzo adamo


does distance matter
travelling by train
moon travels with me

Vishnu Kapoor


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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