AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Summer Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding this Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, occurring in Australia this year on Wednesday, 22nd December 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Tuesday 28th December to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

Contributions to the haiku string have now closed. Thank you to all the participating poets. Please enjoy the haiku.

Haiku String – Instructions

Much remains uncertain as we head into the holiday season, with a worldwide pandemic and increasing stress on the environment. Many will head towards the water to cool off in the southern hemisphere, while people will seek warmth or revel in the snow in the northern hemisphere.

This may also be a time of reflection. What can we control in our own lives and the world beyond? The relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world has never been more critical.

The AHS invites you to share with us your original, previously unpublished haiku or senryu. The haiku will be linked by subject and theme, it is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.

1. Please contribute up to three of your best previously unpublished haiku or senryu.

2. Haiku should be posted in the comment box at the end of the post.

3. Each poem posted must be original work by the poet making the post. Please include your name below as you wish it to appear.

Posting your work in the AHS Summer Solstice String 2021 assumes the following:

Copyright of each haiku remains with the author. We request nonexclusive permission to publish your work on the AHS website and to republish it online at any future time.

beach umbrella
tying down
the wind

Lynette Arden

Linocut: Lynette Arden. Haiku was published first in World Haiku Review March 2010 and subsequently anthologised including Third Australian Haiku Anthology (2011), A Vast Sky (2015).

67 thoughts on “AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2021”

  1. fall in Chicago
    vibrant and energetic
    oblivious to what’s coming

    arrive 4:35 pacific time
    another pastel day in LA
    feeling underwhelmed by its softness – I’m home

    trees rustling in the wind
    god’s humming

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  2. summer solistice
    closer to the bright side
    of my life

    solistice night
    more time to dream
    with open eyes

    solistice time
    a cold hand and a warm one
    in the same prayer

    Clara Toma

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  3. blue rowboat,
    blue daisies on the riverbank . . .
    blue blanket

    Grandmother’s orange peonies—
    to Mother . . .
    today, to me

    red picnic blanket in wildflowers . . .

    —M. Shayne Bell

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  4. test station
    a huddle of ibis
    casual drop ins

    a drift of gauze
    river song

    university grounds
    a flock of pigeons
    puffs of wisdom

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