EXAMPLES

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some haiku poems, old and new, from near and far away.

Four poems by two Japanese master poets Matsuo Bashu (1644-1694) and Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) widely recognized for their haiku poetry.

Having tumbled off
His grass blade...the firefly
buzzes up again
    – Basho
Moonlight nightingale
Casts a whistling line of sound
Over the mill pond
    – Basho
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
    – Basho
Stubborn woodpecker
still hammering at twilight
at that single spot
    – Issa

Arlington's poet laureate, Cathie Desjardins, wrote "Friends" for Bikeway Haiku, inspired by people out and about on the section of the Bikeway near Spy Pond:

FRIENDS
Sit on a curved bench
Watch small traffic: kids, bikes, pets
Share large and smalltalk
    – Cathie Desjardins