Moonbeams On Whitecaps


Sweet cherry blossom
flowers for the enemy;
her silent prayer.

Moonbeams on whitecaps,
dark silhouettes of a sail.
Hot coals, fish, and bread.

Flashes of thunder!
Light suspended in a tree.
Red petals float down.

Spring melds ice and sun
into translucent colors.
A rainbow awakes!

Sun rays grace her hair
and dance on pink moistened lips.
Children watch and wait.

Petra O. Hefner

Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn’t rhyme. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in ONLY 17 syllables over just three (3) lines of poetry! Check out some Haiku at Haiku Salon (see Lesson 2 for the link).

9 thoughts on “Moonbeams On Whitecaps

  1. This was delightful, Petra. I love reading things from those who have the gift of writing. It’s such a God given blessing to those of us who don’t put words to paper very well.

    Haikus are such cute little poems. Our son had to write one for school- a football haiku. :-) It worked! Bless you.


  2. You are so talented! My favorite line is from the last one…children watch and wait. We’re awaiting His arrival, aren’t we? :) Happy Sunday, sweet bloggy friend!


  3. Petra,
    I actually enjoyed writing Haikus when I was in school. I liked the exactness of it. :) When it comes to poetry, I need very clear directions.

    You don’t!

    That last one…what beautiful imagery! As always, I’m blessed by your words.

    So much love to you, my friend, and hugs from all the children here, big and little. :)


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