December 2022 Featured Haiku

something like the voice

of deepening Autumn

from a gourd

– Chiyojo (1703-1775)

from within the nostrils

of the colossal Buddha

come’s out this morning’s fog

– Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

A drop of dew

sits on a rock

like a diamond

– Kawabata Bosha (1897-1941)

January Haiku Submissions Open
until December 15th

Just by being here
I’m here –
in snowfall.

– example by Kobayashi Issa

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 original and based on the monthly theme. Submissions must belong to their authors as copyright holders.
  • 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 15th 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 (1644-1694)

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