Haiku challenge: Placid & Wild

For Ronovan’s weekly challenge.


moon drifts

among swaying kelp fronds

of the ocean sky


serene the moon

though the wind blows wild

waves in the treetops


wild is the moonlight

the wind voices wailing

an owl sighs

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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.

17 thoughts on “Haiku challenge: Placid & Wild”

    1. Thanks. Hoot is the usual word but it has modern associations with drunken yobbishness and car and train horns. It’s really a gentle sound, more of a long fluttering hoo (or who?) which I think is like a musical sigh.

      1. In New Zealand they have a small owl called a Morepork. The name is an onomatopoeia, and I have a clear memory of waking at around 4am one morning to hear the unmistakeable whisper of “More-pork, more-pork, more-pork” outside our window. Surreal!

  1. This is really stunning Jane. The swaying kelp fronds of the ocean sky and the wind blowing wild waves in the treetops makes a big impression on me. Down south in New Zealand there is plenty of swaying kelp along the south coast, and the same coast boasts many ‘tortured’ or windshorn trees. I’ve seen the wild waves in the treetops. Magnificent. This is one of my most favourite poems.

      1. This is so true and yet I can’t say I’d really thought about it before. I love that you’ve shared this relationship between sea and sky. Would like to share your poem on my blog sometime if that’s ok Jane.

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