Haiku is a Japanese verse form most often composed, in English versions, of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. A haiku often features an image, or a pair of images, meant to depict the essence of a specific moment in time. The Haiku Postal Relay began in 2023 when fellow writer Nigel Paine sent me a postcard. I wrote a haiku inspired by the image and sent it to Nigel on the back of another postcard … and so the relay began. A sample of the postacards and the haiku are presented below.

More information about haiku is available at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/haiku-or-hokku

Haiku #1

dawn light suffusing

saffron skies and chartreuse slopes

night shadows fading