March 2023 Featured Haiku

our argument 

left hanging – 

moon sickle

     – Sarah Paris, USA

river moon

the quiet stance

of an egret

       – Mona Bedi, India

half moon –

I wish her

whole again

    – Anne Curran, New Zealand

April Haiku Submissions Now Open


                                                                                   Submit up to 3 haiku by March 28th

THEME: flower

Kannon’s tiled temple

roof floats far away in clouds

of cherry blossoms

– example by Matsuo Basho

Haiku Submission Guidelines

Haiku poetry originated in Japan and was perfected by the great haiku masters: Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Masaoka Shiki, Kobayashi Issa and Chiyojo. Today haiku is an art form that is practiced internationally, and in the spirit of promoting global peace and contemplative artistic expression, Zen Peacemaker’s International showcases three haiku a month on this page.

  • Haiku sent must be based on the monthly theme. By submitting, you acknowledge all work is original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere (i.e., no simultaneous submissions please). We consider poems on the internet (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs) to be previously published.
  • By sending their haiku, authors agree to its publication on our website and social media.
  • We will consider both free form haiku and haiku written using the traditional syllable count of 5-7-5. 
  • Due to the volume of submissions, we can only contact poets whose haiku will be showcased. 
  • Haiku submitted before the 25th of the month will be considered to be showcased the following month. Submissions are judged anonymously.   
* Being a member of Zen Peacemakers International is not required, but becoming a member will give you access to our free online events.

“Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself.” – Matsuo Basho (1644-16945

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