The Second Batch of Haigas

Four years ago I posted my first collection of haiga, introducing it with this definition from

Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry, usually meaning haiku…It can be watercolor paintings, photographs or collages with a poem of any genre that is integrated into the composition. Sometimes the poem is handwritten or it can be computer generated, depending on the artist’s taste.

Haiga is a combination of visual image and poetry, each to enrich the other and lead the readers/viewers beyond what is presented toward what their own life experience suggests. The goal here, overwhelmingly, is to make  those readers/viewers co-creators in a fusion of photo, poem and mind in what is ultimately theirs alone. Knowing that you have a responsibility to complete the creations I’ve begun, I offer my newest haiga.

The images were made while I was quarantined with family in an area of Ulster County New York called Lost Quarry.

Living on a dirt road surrounded by trees, only one other house visible and then only when trees were winter/early spring bare.

Concerns generated by this extraordinary time and place combined with whatever else of my own 78 years might show itself for my part in our co-creation. The rest is up to you.










Published in: on May 20, 2020 at 2:08 pm  Comments (14)  

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  1. Fine work

    steep staircase
    the old man I knew
    I’d never be


    • Your haiku registers so clearly in my lower back. No brain need be involved. Thank you.


  2. Here is one good thing that has resulted from the pandemic! Beautiful photos enhanced by beautiful words.


  3. From Jim T:

    You have a wonderful eye for color and composition. The poetry is a nice balm for these troubling times.


  4. Dear Richard: These are lovely. Thanks for sharing. It’s been a long time but I hope all is well. Big hug, Rozanne


  5. Richard,
    Thank you for sending this to me and I’ll be happy to look at it and enjoy. Thank you Reuven


  6. Gabriele K:
    Beautiful photos and poems. I always enjoy receiving your blogpost. Thank you for sharing!


  7. Sharyn:
    Beautiful post!


  8. Hi Richard,

    Wonderful photos and Haiku. Such a beautiful, inspiring weaving of pictures and words. The two together lift me into a better place.

    (I’ve tried before to put my comments on the WordPress site, but it doesn’t seem to work). Is it possible for you to copy my comments and past them on to the site.?



  9. From Phoebe C:
    I love your new work! Glad you and Bobbie are well. Stay safe. Be careful out there!


  10. From Carole P: I did look and enjoyed them very much. The poetry was a lovely enhancement!


  11. each one
    worth a thousand words
    and then some


  12. Laura L:
    Haiga! Inspirational! And so beautiful! Thank you.

    Thanks. Peace & Blessings.

    Carole M:
    Especially like sunrise and sunset and me. Some wonderful pictures and words


  13. Hi Richard: I like the first haiga best. 🙂


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