Road Trip Haiku

DSC_0106In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d revisit my favorite poetry form in this month’s blog.  Several years ago on a trip to Victoria, Canada, I discovered the joy of writing haiku (see Vacation Haiku).  I love the simplicity of this Japanese style of poetry, which has only three short, spare lines that traditionally consist of five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables.  I also enjoy the challenge of finding words to fit this pattern. Haiku usually have seasonal and nature themes, and I love this aspect as well.

So when I found myself with plenty of mental time to kill on a 3,000+ mile, two-week road trip last spring, I thought it would be fun to set myself the goal of penning one haiku each day.  I’m proud to report that I did in fact accomplish this goal–and I’m so glad.  Each one is like a little snapshot composed of words, a poetic souvenir of our journey through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada.  Reading them now, I’m transported back to a moment in time, a scene glimpsed along the way.

Here are six of them, if you’d like to come along for the ride.


IMG_20170506_112429008Camas Prairie

Purple stars glitter

in a lush green Earth-bound sky

flashing by too fast


California Spring

Rippling sea of grass

a vulture’s shadow tilting

among the live oaks


DSC_0052Golden Gate

Not golden but red

suspended in sky blue space

rumbling on the wind


Catalina Dawn

Coyote alarm

mountains in our tent window

desert paradise


DSC_0234Joshua Tree

Alien being

sharp-headed and many-armed

worshiping the sun


Nevada Drive

Forget-me-not sky

cloud creatures migrating through

with hungry shadows


Got a road trip coming up?  You might want to give haiku writing a try!

Thanks for reading and Happy Spring!








  1. · · Reply

    Oh my gosh — the words AND pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much, Bethany! 🙂

  2. carolmerit · · Reply

    I love them!

    1. Aw thanks, Carol! And thanks again for a Haiku-worthy visit to the Golden Gate Bridge 🙂

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