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Haiku Windows: computer display screen window


Haiku Windows

In the book Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, editors Yamaguchi and Brooks quote David Lanoue:  “A haiku is a window”…

In the following weeks we will look at (or through?) the many possibilities raised by this thought – and you’re invited to join in the fun! Submit an original unpublished poem (or poems) via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence. I will select from these for the column, and add commentary.


next week’s theme:  train/subway window

Runaway or choo-choo, steam, diesel, or electric, passenger or freight, locomotive or caboose, iron horse, commuter, or monorail, high-speed or underground…

I look forward to reading your submissions.


Haiku Windows:  computer display screen window

computer screen
the closest I will get
to cherry blossoms

Amy Losak
Teaneck, NJ

Perhaps because I grew up in Vancouver, Canada, known for its cherry blossoms, and there are none here in the Yukon, I can relate to this poem. Many of the submissions this week seem to focus on the things that are out of reach, for whatever reason, but that a computer can bring to us with a click or two…

first sight
of her grandson
video chat

Christina Sng

Another example of what a difference this technology can make in our lives – it is much easier to connect with people, and communicate, than ever before, and this column could be considered another fine example of this as well…

multiple tabs
he opens solitaire
as mom enters

Vandana Parashar

As a mom (of adult children) I can also relate to this poem – a more ominous look at the computer window – where children can hide their activities from their parents, people can act anonymously, and perhaps our computer’s programs are hiding their personal data-collecting activities from us…

Here are the rest of my selections for this week:

screensaver mode
how our worlds unite
in bubbles of rainbow

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Kumasi, Ghana


on line
looking for

Andrew Shimield


chat window
a rendezvous gone

Angelo B. Ancheta


computer on –
your smile on the screen
doesn’t fade

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo


a spinning hourglass
on the screen

Aparna Pathak


the black screen of death
mice gnaw through
a power cord

Ardelle Hollis Ray
Las Vegas, NV


the wallpaper
on my computer screen visions
of another world

Beverly Acuff Momoi


12 midnight
my eyelashes droop
before the open screen

Carmen Sterba


working late –
with my reflection

Carole MacRury


computer love
only emojis pop up
on my screen

Celestine Nudanu


intently studying
windows update
bengal cat

Christina Chin
Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo


computer screen
searching for holidays
I cannot afford

Christine Eales


deep winter…
your face cold to the touch
on the computer screen

Christine L. Villa
California, USA


multiple open
computer screen windows
my clutter

Claire Vogel Camargo


Christmas Day
the bitcoin ticker
on real time

David Jacobs
London, UK


the call of spring
closing all windows
on my computer

Debbi Antebi
London, UK


hidden desktop windows
our photo smiling beneath
the spreadsheet

Deborah P Kolodji


not a perfect ten
my  windows
crashes again

Elisa Theriana


blue screen of death
I’ve just vanished
from the face of the earth

Engin Gulez
Ankara, Turkey


computer display
Cassiopeia shines
on the screen

Eufemia Griffo


your fingerprints
on my touchscreen
daisies and roses

Eva Limbach


new intern
his computer’s display screen
totally blank

Hifsa Ashraf


on my laptop screen…
pixilated ant

Ingrid Baluch


my online journal
the unpolished version
self reflection

Karen Harvey


first word first smile
through the computer
screen window

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


I open and I close on the world
my window

computer… apro e chiudo sul mondo / la mia finestra

Lucia Cardillo


laptop window
a Japanese Zendo
in my living room

Lucy Whitehead
Essex, UK


forgotten passcode
outlines of my blank face
on the blank screen

Madhuri Pillai


eclipse trip
memories keep rotating
my computer screen

Marcyn Clements


more grey hairs
watching the SWOD*
devour haiku

*MAC computer’s spinning ‘wheel of death’

Marietta McGregor


marking papers –
from the facebook window
friends  are calling

Marina Bellini


a face
in the screen I notice
the dust

Mark Gilbert


computer screen
an ant’s antennae probe
the milky way

martin gottlieb cohen


display screen window
once again I fall
down the rabbit hole

Mary Hanrahan
East Lansing, Michigan


the screen saver
Mt. Fuji in real time

Michael Henry Lee


dimming the light
of my computer screen…

Michele L. Harvey


computer screen window –
the silence they share
moon and waterfall

Muskaan Ahuja
Chandigarh, India


summer morning
a hummingbird’s reflection
on my screen

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio, USA


without moving
browser window

Olivier Schopfer
Geneva, Switzerland


the windows within
the window

Paul Geiger


computer screen
reflection of pigeons
on the windowsill

Peggy Bilbro


crashing screen
the darkness
of my neighbor’s Windows

Peter Jastermsky


the graphic interface

princess k


blue screen window
the computer and I
both down

Rachel Sutcliffe


crowding around
the office computer screen
eagles nest

Randy Brooks


pressing every
combination of keys
blank computer screen

Rehn Kovacic


terrible twos –
dad’s ipad window
slams shut

Roberta Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


moonless city
computer screen windows
glow on every floor

Ron C. Moss
Tasmania, Australia


a face
peeping through my window
online dating site

Ronald K. Craig
Batavia, OH, USA


my screensaver
a photo of my children
forever young

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA


privacy policy
peeking through
our Windows

Simon Hanson
Queensland, Australia


computer screen window
I count the likes
of my friends

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


ctrl alt del her name
my window opens

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi


computer screen
finding love
harder than I thought

Stephen A. Peters


desktop window
i glide from horizon
to horizon

Sudebi Singha


Mercury retrograde
my laptop Windows
refuse to open

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA, USA


moonless night
a moth drawn
to my computer screen

Terri French


computer screen
all the selves
I’ve created

Tia Haynes
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA


birthday morning –
the first congrats are on the
laptop screen

Tsanka Shishkova


snowy night…
the new version of Windows

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio   USA


a few taps…
the world peeps out of
laptop screen window

Vishnu Kapoor


Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada and an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets. She recently co-edited an anthology of crime-themed haiku called Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku.


This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Sorry to have missed out this week. Can you remind me of the close time? Thanks. And just for fun –

    sick in bed
    the comfort of hot tea
    and light from my tablet
    on or off
    I see myself
    in the tablet screen

    1. Hi Liz Ann,
      The deadline is midnight Sunday Pacific Time, & the theme this week is train/subway window… please submit using the Contact Form above… thanks!

    1. thanks for this Mark – & to all those involved – The Haiku Foundation is amazing, isn’t it?

  2. Thanks Kathy for including mine. I particularly liked Aparna Pathak’s and Eufemia Griffo’s.

  3. Again and again, we discover the magic of the windows in our weekdays and holidays … Dear Kathy Munro, “Haiku Windows” idea is really fun and charming. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for including one of mine, Kathy. I particularly like Stephen A. Peters’s, Rachel Sutcliffe’s, Sudebi Singha’s and Terri French’s haiku. Greatly enjoy reading these. On my computer screen :>)

  5. Absolute delight reading all these super haiku.
    forgotten passcode
    outlines of my blank face
    on a blank screen
    Madhuri Pillai
    know that feeling 🙂

  6. blue screen window
    the computer and I
    both down
    * * *
    Rachel Sutcliffe

    * * *

    Despite the theme, I laughed out loud. Brilliant.

  7. So many ways to look at a computer screen. I could especially relate to Mark Gilbert’s dusty version!
    Thank you for including mine, Kathy.

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