Americana: haikus and little poems

When you think of Japanese exports, what comes to mind first are things like cars and electronics. But one of the most subtle but no less significant Japanese exports is haiku: the art of saying so much without a lot of words.

And their appeal is universal. Below are a few English haikus with a distinctly American style.


in her red heart you wait
winter dies by summer’s fate
who will you never be?

– by sophisto david

grandma harvests the beans
a weed clings
to her nylon anklet

– by unknown

empty baseball field
a robin
hops along the bench

– by Jack Kerouac

frogs ribbit in the warm silence
sun kicks up fiery storm behind the mountains
the season is dry but flooded with passion

– by da man

a dream achieved
a smile upon my heart
i feel alive!

– by rika gee

a football field
where players give
all in their own small world

– by woohoo bro

enveloped by cold
my eyes stay shut
while she chooses my fate

– by gabe stern

garage sale
the t-shirt she wore
on our honeymoon

– by unknown

in my medicine cabinet
the winter fly
has died of old age

– by Jack Kerouac
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