Author's note: I think technically this might be more of a renga than a haiku, but then I think renga have a different structure... I'm not sure.

Anyway, I wrote these as a series a while ago, basing the next stanza on the last line from the previous stanza. I think I saw something like this done in a book of haikus ages ago, but I'm not sure how traditional my version is - probably not very!

Enjoy! ~ W.J.


A Haiku in Twelve Stanzas

Sadness in the night
Sunlight, rekindle my hope,
Make me smile again

Make me smile again,
Paint my lips the colour of
My joy in your arms

My joy in your arms,
Indefinable, yet real -
Moonlight on pillows

Moonlight on pillows
Cushion my weary head and
Hang dreams above me

Hang dreams above me;
My heart is too heavy to
Rise and hang them up

Rise and hang them up
The light is dappled grey; wet
Washing in the rain

Washing in the rain -
Such worries are forgotten
When you arrive home

When you arrive home,
My world is at the front gate;
Nothing outshines you

Nothing outshines you
Stars shine in the shade of your
Silhouetted form

Silhouetted form
Against the paisley curtains;
Lazy sun peeps in

Lazy sun peeps in
Shadows play upon the rug;
Fragments of darkness

Fragments of darkness
Taunt the mind that cannot sleep;
Sadness in the night