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.)


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.

Pure Haiku Open to Submissions #3

2 March, 2020

The third theme for 2020 is ARTURINA.

Write up to 5 haiku inspired by the pictures on my Pinterest Board called Arturina.

Arturina Board

This Board has 5 sub-sections and you can use, as your starting point, any of the pictures in any of the sections. Or, you might like to just browse through all 5 sub-sections and then write your 5 haiku based on what you’ve just seen. None of the pictures will be used on my blog – all the selected haiku MUST stand alone WITHOUT reference to an image.

You cannot use the word Arturina in any of the haiku that you submit, or use the word Arturina in the title/s of your haiku if you wish to provide titles.

You do not need to have an account to be able to see the images. If Pinterest ask you to set up an account, simply click on the X at the top right hand of the page and continue to browse.

You do not need to know anything about any of the characters, planets or storyline. Simply interpret them as you will.

I want to see what you imaginative writers make of these images I have collected for this project. Write me 5 dynamic, amazing haiku that are not reliant on the original image that inspired you. Each haiku must be able to stand alone without an image/s or explanation.

Please DO NOT attach or embed any image/s to your submission email. I do not need to know which image/s inspired you. Please do not use any images from the board on your own blog/website without the original artist’s permission.

Please don’t publish your haiku until after I have contacted you with the results. Thank you!

There will be 35 slots for individual haiku plus space for up to 5 days for a single featured haiku writer.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 20th March 2020 at midnight GMT / UK Time.

Haiku written in English in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) and based on the above mentioned theme will be posted on this site between October and December 2020.

How to submit to Purehaiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical form on the current theme to: –

purehaiku (at) gmail (dot) com

with SUBMISSIONS, the current THEME and your NAME in the subject line.

Please include the following in the body of the email: –

Your first name
Your last name
Your email address
Your haiku (all 5 in one email please) (they do not have to be titled)
The full address of your blog or website if you have one or the full address of one of your social media outlets (only one site per submission please)
The name you want to appear on the copyright
One sentence introducing yourself. Be quirky and interesting – you want people to find you, don’t you?!

DO NOT attach images or tell me which image/s inspired you to write your haiku. I don’t need to know. I will simply select the haiku that speak to me the most without explanation.

Please read all the submission guidelines before submitting.

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