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Haiku Windows: window cleaner


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 Submit an original unpublished poem (or poems) via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence.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

Hospitals are places of healing, hope, caring and pain… needles, bandages and stretchers – can these open a window to poetry?

I look forward to reading your submissions.


Haiku Windows:  window cleaner

spring cleaning
the spotless shine
around the noseprints

Jennifer Hambrick
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Anyone who has a pet cat or dog (and maybe other pets?) or even a young child, knows about the noseprints on every window within reach… before, during and after the window cleaning…

professional strength
all her windows gleam
as her garden dies

Marilyn Ashbaugh
Edwardsburg, Michigan

A strong statement is made here – one that people often disregard – that one person can make a difference, even with the simple choices around household cleaners and their effect on our environment…

cleaning windows
another game
for the cat

Simon Hanson
Queensland, Australia

The simplicity of this poem is its strength – we have probably all witnessed this adorable scene – the poem illustrates the relationship between us and our domesticated family members, and also hints at the notion that cleaning windows for us is not so much a game…

Here are the rest of my selections for this week:

two window washers
blend into blue

Amy Losak


Suddenly, I feel that
Someone stares at me…
Window cleaner

Anna Goluba


cleaning clouds
on the twentieth floor –
head for heights

Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo


before the splash
a riot of handprints
on the window

Billy Antonio


orchestrate the wind
window cleaners sing

carol jones


window washer –
she watches him
watching her

Carol Raisfeld


window squeegee
the slight squeak
of clouds

cezar florescu


the sky lift’s
torrid descent
cleaner’s six pack abs

Christina Chin
Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo


seeing the world
through soap bubbles
first car wash

Christina Sng


Dad cleaning the windows
with a short ladder
and a mop

Christine Eales


I scrub the window
and my sadness away
autumn reflection

Christine Villa


balance beam to swing stage
window washer

Claire Vogel Camargo


the stuffed kingfisher stares
at the window cleaner
– glass lake house

Corine Timmer


an upstairs window
the contortionist

David Jacobs
London, UK


moments after
scrubbing the windows
spring shower

Debbi Antebi
London, UK


children’s hospital
the window cleaner
dons his cape

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


fuzzy smile
the last blue squirt
of window cleaner

Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, California


east wind blown stray
tongue drips down glass door
canine clean

Deirdre Hines
Letterkenny Ireland


sunbeams stream
through spring-cleaned window
cat catnaps

dianne moritz


clear window
from my desk
a new outlook

Doris Pascolo


window cleaner
summer stars become

Eufemia Griffo


first spring sun
the naked legs
of a window cleaner

Eva Limbach


moving the clouds
from window to window
the window cleaner

Hifsa Ashraf


perfect synchrony
the kitten’s head
and window cleaner’s sponge

Ingrid Baluchi


window cleaner
trying to wipe away
the fog

Joanne van Helvoort


winter sun
suspended on ropes
a boy cleans the glass pane

Kala Ramesh


kissed by a suckerfish
the window cleaner
at the aquarium

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California


window cleaning
rubbing the inside
of an outside spot

Ken Olson
Yakima WA


his signature
in soap
high rise window washer

Kimberly Esser
Los Angeles,  CA


spring cleaning
I call the rain gods to wash
the upper windows

Liz Ann Winkler


window cleaner…
one spider waits patiently
in its corner

pulizia vetri… paziente nel suo angolo / aspetta un ragno

Lucia Cardillo


wiping away
the clouds
window cleaner

Lucy Whitehead
Essex, UK


full service station
a squirt of window cleaner
in my face

Marilyn Appl Walker


naked mannequin
the window cleaner
admires the sheen

Mark Gilbert


exchanging of looks –
outside the penthouse window
man with a squeegee

Marta Chocilowska


washing windows
the grass now greener
on the other side

Mary Hanrahan


the window washer
pausing that extra second
above her cubicle

Michael Henry Lee


by the sway of his hips –
window washer

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles CA USA


polishing windows
with yesterday’s newspaper
a new perspective

Mike Gallagher


cleaning the window –
I remove the dust
from the trees

Muskaan Ahuja
Chandigarh, India


cat’s nose prints…
she washes
the window, again

Nancy Brady


heavenly chanting
from behind office windows…
migrant cleaners

Natalia Kuznetsova


Cleaning windows
I reflect on myself
Window cleaning.

Niall OConnor


not seeing them
until it is too late
window cleaners

Olivier Schopfer
Geneva, Switzerland


window washer
a drop away
from eternity

Peter Jastermsky


window cleaner
how he follows me
from room to room

Rachel Sutcliffe


sky reflected
in the clean glass
bird flies into the window

Rehn Kovacic


swaying ropes
the window washer
keeps singing

Roberta Beary
County Mayo, Ireland


detective story
the window cleaner takes aim
with a sponge

Ron C. Moss
Tasmania, Australia


window cleaner
rubs away the visage –
Amazing Spiderman

Ron Scully


the windows
wait their turn
I read the newspaper

Ronald K. Craig
Batavia, OH USA


window cleaner
a room with a view

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA


penthouse window
the cleanerman washes
the dirt from the sky

Serhiy Shpychenko
Kyiv, Ukraine


red light
a homeless man’s squeegee’s
sudden swoosh

Skaidrite Stelzer
Toledo, Ohio


sunny morning
man’s shadow
on my desk

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia


window dirt
i clean
my glasses

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi


after cleaning
some of the streaks remain

Stephen A. Peters


cleaning windows
I offer a prayer
for each child

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA, USA


washing my windows
just like grandma taught me
first home

Tia Haynes
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA


window cleaner
in the museum pauses –
a Monet painting

Tomislav Maretic


old church –
the window cleaner discovers
the Bible stories

Tsanka Shishkova


reappearing hand prints
on the glass door…
the neighbor’s child

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Fairlawn, Ohio USA


Barcelona fan
the window cleaner glued
to my window

Vandana Parashar


futile effort
to dust the day moon
window cleaner

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 29 Comments

  1. Cleaning windows is one job I like to leave to the professionals. The extra expense saves both time and stress that would be caused from cleaning the windows on my own. I know the old saying practice makes perfect and I do believe that in most circumstances this is true.

  2. Congratulations to all the poets. Always a pleasure to read the fine selections and thank you so much for including one of mine!

  3. Making light of the window cleaning chore produced some comic haiku this time round. Enjoyable reading. Thank you Kathy for including one of mine.

  4. Thank you for choosing one of mine. There are many poems to love. It’s hard to choose. Here are three of my favourites

    window washer –
    she watches him
    watching her
    —Carol Raisfeld

    I love the alliteration. The watching becomes entwined.

    polishing windows
    with yesterday’s newspaper
    a new perspective
    —Mike Gallagher

    My mother cleans windows with old newspapers.
    This reminds me of her. A new perspective is interesting as it’s
    open to multiple layers of interpretation.

    cleaning windows
    another game
    for the cat
    —Simon Hanson

    I can visualize this. The cat having fun and the window Cleaner
    most likely getting annoyed.

  5. I forgot to mention that I love the poem of Srinivasa Rao Sambangi — I can relate at the basic level and do I, perhaps, detect a broader statement?

  6. Thank you Katherine,

    All at once I feel a sense of accomplishment and a challenge for the future!

    Congratulations to each poet whose work has been selected. A distinguished group!

  7. Cheers to all poets!
    Kathy, Thank you for another fine selection of poems, and special thanks for selecting mine for comment.

  8. Congratulations to all the fine haiku poets included here! I love the poignant humor in many of these such as Mary Hanrahan’s haiku. Since window cleaning is a chore usually done in the spring it is a good choice of theme for this time of year. Thank you for all the great work you do selecting these weekly window haiku Kathy and thank you for including one of mine.

  9. A marvellous collection of haiku, Kate, the humour is wonderful. Thanks for including one of mine
    This reminds me of the UK weather-
    moments after
    scrubbing the windows
    spring rain
    Debbi Antebi
    back to square one 🙂

  10. Thanks so much, Kathy for selecting my haiku.
    Excellent selections. Congratulations everyone.

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