last update: 21-10-2013 

Bernd Wahlbrinck


   Opinions are divided as to what is typical of a haiku.

   I believe the following aspects are important:

  • 3 lines (not necessarily 5-7-5 syllables)
  • a snapshot of nature
  • there should be a break after the second line, i.e. the last line should come as a (mild) surprise


sand in a crack

in rotten concrete

a tiny flower struggling

Oct. 21, 2008



a little planet

circling round a distant sun

too far away

Oct. 22, 2008

  one of those rare ones -
a science fiction haiku

a critic wrote, "I like the double meaning of  'too far away' - could be too far away from the sun to support life, or too far away from us to make contact ..."






the little boy

touches a guitar

the future in his hands

Oct. 24, 2008

this one is autobiographical





for a few minutes

the wind has uncovered

two slabs with ancient hieroglyphics

still mostly buried in the sand

will they ever be found?

Oct. 24, 2008

no haiku, I'll admit it - but I like it anyway

inspired by the fantastic sonnet Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley






the falling man


he had to jump -

a lonely

ten-second journey


a very public way

of dying

May 7, 2010

again, no haiku

this poem is based on phrases used in the 9/11 documentary "the falling man" (also on youtube - recommended)





two parallel lines

are snaking through the grass

a travois at the horizon


ironically, this one was inspired by the opening scene of the incredibly funny Western Die linke und die rechte Hand des Teufels


a tiny snowflake

dancing floating down -

an avalanche



a tiny little leaf

still clinging to a tree

the autumn winds approaching

Nov 11, 2010


an oddly shaped asteroid

tumbling through dark space

an ancient spaceship

stranded in a rugged crater

Nov 14, 2010

another one of those very rare ones (at least on this planet) - 
a science fiction haiku


a folded piece of paper

softly landing on the window sill

a slightly melancholy haiku written on it

Nov 28, 2010

probably also rare (?) - 
a haiku about a haiku
an ancient stalagtite

reaching out for a stalagmite

still thousands of years away

April 2012

inspired by Werner Herzog's film about the Chauvet Cave

an old rocking chair

lying in the sagebrush

wagon ruts still faintly visible

Oct 20 2013

inspired by a scene in the movie Meek's Cutoff

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2008-2013 by Bernd Wahlbrinck, Home of the Wadel, Germany.
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