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Haiku Windows: envelope 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 Submit an original unpublished poem (or poems) via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence.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:  outhouse window

Although it would naturally provide both ventilation and light, not every outhouse has a window… but if it did – what would it look like? What is the view? I’m not sure why a crescent moon comes to mind…

I look forward to reading your submissions.


Haiku Windows:  envelope window

refolding the letter
still the name eludes
the window

Madhuri Pillai

Here is a calm description of an incident that many of us will have experienced, and that might escalate, with humour and frustration, to a scene worthy of any great comedic actor…


recycled bill envelope…
I play peek-a-boo
with the baby

Nancy Brady
Huron, Ohio, USA

Many poems this week are concerned with the contents of the envelope – news that is either welcomed or dreaded – and here we have a completely different scene, where the window of the envelope becomes part of a delightful game…


all the lives
I wish I could save
envelope window

Tia Haynes
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Whether about children in other parts of the world, or runaway teens in our own community, or unwanted pets, we receive appeals in the mail, hear them on the radio, and see the advertisements on TV – in this poem, the poet has given the reader much to think about…


Here are the rest of my selections for this week:


envelope window
my long name boxed
into shape

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Kumasi, Ghana


waiting for
the letter that never comes
envelope window

Amy Losak


her name
in the envelope window –
scan results

andrew shimield


routine breeze
an unknown name
in the envelope window

Aparna Pathak


saffron imprint
in the envelope window –
Indian festival

arvinder kaur
chandigarh, India


the year’s last statement
edging through the glassine window

Beverly Acuff Momoi
Mountain View, CA


sorting the mail…
my cheeks the color
of the pink window

Carmen Sterba


morning mail…
double window envelopes
at the bra factory

Carol Raisfeld


all my dreams
behind the envelope window
acceptance letter

Christina Sng


autumn leaves
my late husband’s name
on envelope windows

Christine L. Villa
California, USA


long winter…
in the envelope window
my ex’s name

Debbi Antebi


envelope window
imagining your hand
caress my name

Eufemia Griffo


window envelope
an unidentified
lock of hair

Garry Eaton


on the envelope window
the spring rain
deletes your name

Giovanna Restuccia


the lawyers name
in the envelope window…
her trembling hands

Helga Stania


bank statement
the envelope window shows

Hifsa Ashraf


eyes narrow –
a bill lurks behind
an envelope window

Ingrid Baluch


it’s accounts receivable
that have windows

Jackie Maugh Robinson


rice paper window
she never opened
the envelope

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, CA USA


starlings in snow…
my name behind the window
of the envelope

Keith Polette
El Paso, Texas USA


envelope window
my misspelled name –
spring rain

Lorraine Schein
Queens, NY


in the envelope window
still together

separazione… sulla busta con finestra ancora insieme

Lucia Cardillo


envelope window
the history of our home
on the doormat

Lucy Whitehead
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK


seeds sprout through the torn
envelope window

Marilyn Ashbaugh


my full name
in black and white

Mark Gilbert
Nottingham, UK


a letter from son
on the windowed envelope
the censorship stamp

Marta Chocilowska


envelope window
the former resident
in it

Michael Henry Lee


he triple checks the address
in the window envelope

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles CA USA


I tear
the plastic windows out
paper collection day

Olivier Schopfer
Geneva, Switzerland


re-used envelope…
the art under the glassine

Pat Davis
Pembroke, NH USA


the challenge
of a half seen message
envelope window

Peggy Bilbro


typewritten letters
in the envelope window –
mother’s maiden name

Peter Jastermsky


envelope window
another submission

Rachel Sutcliffe


overdue notice
through the envelope window
my name in red

Randy Brooks


first of the month
envelopes with windows
pile up

Rehn Kovacic


long after
the bankruptcy
window envelopes

Roberta  Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


deep paper cut
in an envelope window
her late aunt’s name

robyn brooks


tangerine sky
the envelope window
dusty with pollen

Ron C. Moss
Tasmania, Australia


a view of the neighbor’s
personal business
envelope window

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA


opened envelope
the address window
is empty

Serhiy Shpychenko
Kyiv, Ukraine


envelope window
the bills
not any smaller

Stephen A. Peters


in the envelope window
Santa Claws –
that’s enough

Tsanka Shishkova


envelope window

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


window envelope
my daughter hopes it’s
from Hogwarts

Vandana Parashar


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 25 Comments

  1. Thank you Kathy for publishing one of mine. Enjoyed the variety of envelope offerings from all, and look forward to, umm…outhouse windows? This one could let loose a few gems of literary merit.

  2. outhouse window
    the robin sings


  3. Thank-you for publishing one of mine. I would never have thought of using “envelope window” as a topic.

  4. A tremendous amount of delight, anxiety and humour within this wonderful selection.

  5. Thank you, Kathy, for selecting my work. This is a fun series to write for and I enjoy reading each week’s collection. Looking forward to the next challenge!


  6. These are all really interesting to read and enjoy, KJ. It’s amazing how many different takes poets have on such a simple item as an envelope window…it’s a great prompt. Congrats to all the poets featured here.

  7. Thanks for including mine. I particularly liked Eufemia Griffo’s, Lucia Cardillo’s and Michael Henry Lee’s.

  8. Kathy,

    Thank you for another wonderfully diverse selection and special thanks for my inclusion.

    From the mailbox to the outhouse…love the challenge!

  9. Thank you Kathy for including one of my envelope window haiku. I thought I was one of the last people on earth to still receive and pay bills by postal mail in this age of online banking but I see that I am not. I particularly am struck by Lorraine Schein’s, Lucia Cardillo’s and Christine Villa’s haiku. Your weekly windows feature reminds me of the poet Jane Hirshfield’s 2015 book titled Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. I certainly feel transformed after reading these haiku. Happy National Poetry Month!

  10. Wonderful variety of responses on a subject matter that could have been dull but the power of haikai verse proves otherwise.
    warm regards,

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