Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Haiku--By Ron C. Moss--Australia

first date
a starfish glistens
on the tide line

~ Frogpond, 31:3, Fall 2008

casting out
the fisherman’s line
splits the moon

~  Devonport Poetry Competition, April 2002--First Place

dark water —
the duck’s wingtip
skimming the moon

~ Yellow Moon, #16, Summer 2004

charred cedars —
how cold the white
of early snow

~ Zen Garden Haiku Contest, 2006

starry night …
what’s left of my life
is enough

~ Shiki Internet Kukai, December 2006

Ron C. Moss is a Tasmania visual artist, poet and lover of haiku. His poetry has won international awards and been translated into several languages. Ron's art is sold as limited edition-prints and originals. He has been featured in poetry journals and has designed several award winning poetry books.  Ron is a two time winner of the Haiku Society of America International renku competition, and he is a current member on the Haiku Society of America.  Please check out Ron's


  1. Dear Ron -

    These are some of the most wonderful haiku I've read. There is something in each worthy of dreaming and special "Fisherman's line skimming the moon" I should not even pick a line or two, or I'd be making a copy of all five.


  2. Dear Kathryn,

    Thank you for your kind words. haiku has been my practice for many years and it is wonderful thing to do.My profile at The Haiku Foundation is here:



  3. Dear Ron,

    I enjoyed the visuals in your haiku they are wonderful. I can picture each one of them thank you for sharing them.


  4. Hi Ron, Magnificent haiku! The first one illustrates the hopefulness and expectations we have when we have a first date. Great using the "starfish" as they seem like gifts from heaven. As a fisherman the second one really caught my eye. I have fished at night during the full moon and seen my own line "splitting the moon."

    It seems on another website each person has a different idea of how a haiku should be written and it caused a lot of tension. But you have created better art than those who are rigid in their haiku requirements.

    Awesome! Blessings, Carolyn

  5. Thank you, Jean Calkins, for the following comment--

    What a pleasure to read some REAL haiku! So many small press editors (and the people who write them) have no idea what consitutes a haiku. Teachers in schools teach that any 3 line poem is a haiku! I have grown frustrated over that. Keep on writing these lovely TRUE haiku! Jean Calkins, NC

  6. Dear Ron,

    I agree with Jean. It was so hard for me starting out to learn haiku because there was so much misinformation out there. You are a gifted haiku writer and your above poetry conveys that. It's such a pleasure to have your here at Whispers. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing.


  7. Love these! Especially the Devonport winner, Ron's work is fantastic, thanks for collecting them here, Karen