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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2


Haiku ~ Helga Härle

frozen lake -
no reflections
but the sun


this way, that way
crossing path after path -
waters of spring


rush hour
in the paint shop -
spring is coming


the loudspeaker
up there in the tree -
a birdhouse!


view from birdhouse
intensely studied -
man on balcony


small frogs leap
in all directions -
where is the pond?


our shadows
on the sand
full of hollows


apricot shade
into light blue dawn -
moon of June


in mist
a heron


autumn dusk -
yellow leaves
light the path


playing scales
and then the blues


deep autumn -
a bridge stretching
into the mist


Helga Härle is a Swedish creative writing teacher, poet and translator. She has published haiku in The Heron's Nest, Acorn, Paperwasp, Tiny Words and in the Swedish anthology Haiku.Förvandlingar. In Swedish she also writes articles for the Magazine of the Swedish Haiku Society.

Her website Haikurymden ( is spreading knowledge about haiku in Swedish, but also has a small section in English with Nordic haiku. She is a member of the board of the Swedish Haiku Society.


Click here to read Helga Härle's essay on Swedish Haiku in this issue of Simply Haiku.

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