Haiku challenge: Beauty & Quiet

A gogyohka sequence in response to Ronovan’s weekly prompt.


quiet fills the spaces

between leaf and stream

water and dragonfly wing

flight and leaf

hushed beauty


not silence

because who has heard silence?

Listen hard

and you will hear the breath

of a rose


light drips

hues of sunlight

caught in cupped petals

paint a rose

with beauty


and when dark falls

who would dare call quiet silver

less beautiful

than the vibrant colours

of the sun?


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

20 thoughts on “Haiku challenge: Beauty & Quiet”

  1. Oh my! This is such a beautiful sequence!
    “Listen hard
    and you will hear the breath
    of a rose” ❤

    So, gogyohka is simply a five-line poem? Your lines flow so beautifully.

    1. Thank you 🙂 Yes, it’s five lines, one phrase per line, but in the examples I’ve read, the ‘phrases’ are not what I’d call entire phrases. Makes it a lot easier than the syllable counting poems.

  2. Who has heard silence? It brings to mind John Cage, and his piano piece where the piano remains unplayed. So much that never reaches our consciousness because we are not listening. (K)

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