60 Captivating Haiku Examples for Everyone

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Haikus for the classroom.

Written in a 5/7/5 syllable count, traditional Japanese haiku are three-line poems dating back to the 13th century. Often incorporating images from nature, haiku became a direct and sometimes intense way to express ourselves. The simplicity makes it accessible to people of almost any reading level, making this type of poetry ideal for the classroom. Need some inspiration? We’ve put together this list of fun haiku poems for kids of all ages. Use these haiku examples to get everyone ready to write their own!

Haiku Poems for Kids

1. A Morning (Haiku) by Arun Bahadur Gurung

A Morning (Haiku) by Arun Bahadur Gurung “Bees nudged the flowers…” Haiku Poems for Kids

“Bees nudged the flowers …”

2. Haiku Year by Paul Holmes

“JANUARY / Delightful display …”

3. Spring Is in the Air by Kaitlyn Guenther

“Flowers are blooming sky high …”

4. October’s Gold by Paul Holmes

“Like crunchy cornflakes …”

5. The Pink Summer Sphere by Suh Joon Kim

The Pink Summer Sphere by Suh Joon Kim “The chill, worming in…”
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“The chill, worming in …”

6. Beaches by Kaitlyn Guenther

“Sand scatters the beach …”

7. Mellow May by Patricia L. Cisco

“Mellow, mild, May day …”

8. Autumn Love by Savannah M. Jones

Haiku Poems for Kids - Autumn Love by Savannah M. Jones

“Coolness fills the air …”

9. Snowflakes Haiku by Kaitlyn Guenther

“Snowflakes are our friends …”

10. Meteor Shower by Michael Dylan Welch

“A gentle wave …”

Haiku Poems for Middle and High School

11. In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound

In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound “The apparition of these faces in the crowd…”

“The apparition of these faces in the crowd …”

12. The light of a candle by Yosa Buson

“… is transferred to another candle—”

13. Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan

“A piece of green pepper …”

14. A Poppy Blooms by Katsushika Hokusai

Haiku Poems for Kids - A Poppy Blooms by Katsushika Hokusai

“I write, erase, rewrite …”

15. Summer Haibun by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

“the cool night before …”

16. After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa by Robert Hass

“New Year’s morning—”

17. Haiku by Etheridge Knight

“Eastern guard tower …”

18. fallen leaves by John Brandi

“the abbot sweeps …”

19. [The earth shakes] by Steve Sanfield

[The earth shakes] by Steve Sanfield “just enough…”

“just enough / to remind us.”

20. The bottoms of my shoes by Jack Kerouac

“Are clean …”

21. [the snow is melting] by Kobayashi Issa

“And the village is flooded …”

22. Age Ten by Benna Crawford

“I don’t do dishes.”

23. Heaven’s Photoshoot by Imteyaz

“When I see lightning …”

24. Fishing With Grandpa by Shawn Sackman

“I feel it tugging …”

25. Family Love Is by Michele Meleen

Family Love is by Michele Meleen.

“Like the sun rises …”

26. Joy of Spring by Kaitlyn Guenther

“Spring is in the air …”

27. School by Benna Crawford

“My homework is late …”

28. Japanese Hokku by Lewis Grandison Alexander

“Life goes by moving …”

29. [An ancient pond!] by Matsuo Basho

“With a sound from the water …”

30. Happiness by Benna Crawford

“I got an A-plus …”

31. Over the Wintry by Natsume Sōseki

Haiku Poems for Kids - Over the Wintry by Natsume Sōseki.

“Forest, winds howl in rage …”

32. Haiku by Ray McNiece

“I shovel snow …”

33. Happy Birthday by Benna Crawford

“It’s your birthday but …”

34. [The faint shadow of the morning moon?] by Yone Noguchi

“Nay, the snow falling on the earth.”

35. [The cry of the cicada] by Matsuo Basho

[The cry of the cicada] by Matsuo Basho.

“Gives us no sign …”

36. Blind Boone’s Apparitions by Tyehimba Jess

“my motto for life …”

37. Birds Punctuate the Days by Joyce Clement

“apostrophe / the nuthatch inserts itself …”

38. Laundry by Benna Crawford

“Where are my clean socks?”

39. [A cloud of flowers!] by Matsuo Basho

“Is the bell Uyeno …”

40. 5 & 7 & 5 by Anselm Hollo

“follow that airplane …”

41. Nine Haiku by TC Tolbert

“I love the fully / inflated tire upright in …”

42. [‘Twas the new moon!] by Matsuo Basho

Haiku Poems for Kids - [‘Twas the new moon!] by Matsuo Basho.

“Since then I waited—”

43. Christmas by Benna Crawford

“Santa is coming …”

44. Haikus by Willie Perdomo

“This evening’s Black sound …”

45. Conversation in Isolation by Harryette Mullen

“Neighbors nail the planks …”

46. Spring by Benna Crawford

Spring by Benna Crawford.

“Pale green shoots of grass …”

47. Snowflakes Haiku by Kaitlyn Guenther

“Snowflakes are our friends…”

48. [Ah! the waving lespedeza,] Matsuo Basho

“Which spills not a drop …”

49. A World of Dew by Kobayashi Issa

“And within every dewdrop …”

50. Anger by Benna Crawford

“Tonight I’m a bee …”

51. Haiku [i am moving in] by Sonia Sanchez

Haiku [i am moving in] by Sonia Sanchez.

“air amazon woman bare …”

52. The Old Pond by Matsuo Basho

“An old pond…”

53. Lines on a Skull by Ravi Shankar

“Life’s little…”

54. O snail by Kobayashi Issa

“O snail…”

55. I want to sleep by Masaoka Shiki

“I want to sleep…”

56. Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho

“Winter solitude—”

57. I am nobody by Richard Wright

“I am nobody…”

58. Haiku (The low yellow…) by Jack Kerouac

“The low yellow…”

59. Haiku (The Taste…) by Jack Kerouac

“The taste…”

60. Haiku [for you] by Sonia Sanchez

“love between us is…”

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Haiku are one of the simplest, most fun forms of poetry. Preparing for a lesson? Here's a list of great haiku poems for kids.