4 – 7

7 April, 2020

the paper we use

for our correspondences–

fragile, barely there


© Kerfe Roig 2020


Kerfe is still trying to find her way home.

This haiku is part of our theme of Translucent.

4 – 5

5 April, 2020

spilled maple syrup

on old formica table –

grandma’s dim kitchen


© Roberta Beach Jacobson 2020


Roberta Beach Jacobson is student of tanshi (short poems) from Iowa, USA.

This haiku is part of our theme of Translucent.


3 April, 2020

Through my window shade

Early morning casts its light

Paints my bedroom wall


© Von Smith 2020


I thought I was retired until I started writing again in 2018.

This haiku is part of our theme of Translucent.


1 April, 2020

Welcome to the first theme of 2020 – Translucent.


Translucent Ice by Jonathon B. Hoyt

Thank you to the 13 contributors who sent a total of 51 haiku between them on the theme of Translucence. 5 contributors were short listed for the Featured Haiku Writer slot but only one was chosen …

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the submissions and the selected haiku all express the theme through contrast, vivid imagery and ah-ha moments. Translucency is portrayed in ideas, vision, love, stars, water, everyday objects, insects and the turning seasons.

Pure Haiku welcomes three new contributors this season: Christopher Couch, Goff James and Bruce Waddell. We also welcome back some very familiar faces: Merril D. Smith, Kerfe Roig, Jan Beekman, JulesPaige, Dan Brook, Susi Bocks, Bill Engleson, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Von Smith and Claudia Messelodi.

Haiku on the theme of Translucent will be posted every other day for the next few weeks. Each post will contain a haiku, a brief one line bio about the writer as well as a link to their blog/web site – simply click on their name in the copyright notice underneath the haiku.

Everyone who submitted haiku correctly will have heard back from me by now. If you submitted haiku but haven’t received an email from me either accepting or rejecting your submissions, please check the FAQS page to see why.

Our journey begins in 2 days time …

(By the way, I have now chosen ALL the haiku for ALL 3 themes for 2020 and have sent out acceptance and rejection emails to everyone who submitted. If you’ve not received an email, please check your spam/junk folders first. Please also check HOW you sent your submission – if you attached an image or a document to your email I won’t have seen it. If you still think you submitted your work correctly and can’t find an email either accepting or rejecting your haiku, please feel free to send another email to me and I will reply as soon as I can.)


Pure Haiku CLOSED to Submissions #3

21 March, 2020

Pure Haiku is now CLOSED to Submissions for the third theme.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work! I am looking forward to reading all your submissions!

Everyone who has submitted haiku on the third theme will be notified of the results by 1st October 2020(I send out rejection notifications along with acceptance emails. If you have NOT heard back from me by 1st October, please let me know!)

Selected haiku for this theme will appear between 1st October and 31st December.

The next theme for submissions will be announced in 2021.

Deadline for submissions #3 is TONIGHT!

20 March, 2020

Don’t forget that the deadline for formal haiku submitted on the theme of ARTURINA ends TONIGHT at midnight!

Please read the full submission guidelines BEFORE submitting your haiku!

It’s really important you read the guidelines in full. I am still receiving submissions with documents attached – these submissions go straight to the spam folder I’m afraid!

Comments on Pure Haiku

11 March, 2020

Did you know that from 1st January 2020 I have only been approving comments on Pure Haiku that are made in prose?

I have, in the past, approved comments that have been composed in haiku form, especially where the haiku compliments the original post.

However, last year, I started receiving more and more comments in haiku form from people who either hadn’t submitted on the theme during the window for submissions or whose haiku had been rejected.

I’m really sorry, but I am now only approving comments made in prose. It is a shame, because it’s really nice when someone creates a comment in haiku that compliments a post.

Discover more about Pure Haiku on the About Page!

Please note that I don’t live on the internet and have limited access to the internet most days. I approve comments as and when I can. If you keep posting the same comment because it hasn’t appeared, WP will put you in the spam folder – sorry, there’s nothing I can do about that!

Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to submissions. The deadline is 20th March 2020. Please read ALL the submission guidelines before submitting your work as there is a specific theme.

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