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Tuesday, 30 June 2015


the weary clouds tire;
reflecting grey from beneath--
releasing sorrows.

Life cycle

flicker of dawn's pulse,
exhaled breath steams; droplets form --
we slake the earth's thirst.

Monday, 29 June 2015


hopeless skies- fog filled,
clouds cry, empty, mending soil-
wounds heal yet scars last.

Thursday, 25 June 2015


colour emerges from death,
emotions adapt, nature turns-
simple change aids life.

My first haiku


Grey skies - distraction
Lost in a cyclone of thoughts
Nothing clear - just clouds


the winter rain falls,
a haze envelops the mind,
in cold, clarity.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


rose petals tumble,
dirt intrudes; darkness progress,
erasing all beauty. 


Like crackling lightning--
our desperation blinds us,
feeding fatal flames.

Weight, not mass

pebble in the palm
flesh holding eternity --
change yearns for stone's heft.


bone moves under skin,
flush cheek, bright eyes decry death;
life's autumn, delayed.

fall, the rise

cherry blossom falls,
a soft veil of passing life:
welcoming the new.


a mantis, praying.
green hands lift up, to redeem
our souls' state, fragile


winter's end, earth wakes;
new green fingers reach for sky --
grasps life from heaven.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

sunrays tear through clouds

sunrays tear through clouds;
happiness tears through darkness,
but bliss will shatter.

None to serve

oh, the forests fall,
your wish shall be my command!
None worthy to serve.

First Haiku

Trees cover the land
And rain falls slowly because:
The sky loves the earth

Friday, 19 June 2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015


one leaf falls, then all.
the slumb'ring earth sheds its skin:
fresh death feeds old life.

In the cold of early morning, steaming breath reaches out for new life

winter morn, breath's ghost --
we exhale our souls: sky's kiss;
chill gasp for life's heat.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Monday, 15 June 2015

Monday morning

soft soaks the grey rain;
union, binding sky and earth --
nature blankets all.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Haiku House Rules

Oh, those haiku ground rules:

> Original stuff only! [Plagiarism is a 4-letter word. Word.]

> Good stuff only [enough with the hipster-breakup haiku, already]

> Follow the haiku rules [3 lines; 17 syllables; 5 in line 1, 7 in line 2, 5 in line 3. Don't just randomly chop off lines to suit the numbers. Start, ideally, with a natural image. Say something deep about life or people.]

> Give dem feels.

Haiku 1

Haiku 1

the crisp night's cold creaks,
stiff pain, the earth's arthritis --
seeking dawn's warm glow.

-- Hein Mönnig, 11 June 2015


Welcome to Jan van Riebeeck High School's Alternative Haiku Society, our in-house platform for semi-free-form creative expression.

Founded 11 June 2015 by Mr Hein Mönnig and learners Kimberley Hing and Reinhardt Voges, JvRAHS is aimed at providing an outlet for our free-thinking types -- those who wish to commit haiku outside of the traditional constraints of smothering budgets, melting crayons on summer afternoons, and the loud clashing of paisley cravats worn with khaki cargo shorts.

Here you will read haiku the likes of which you have not read before. Strap on your syllable-counter, and prepare to scan...

Hein Mönnig
HSJvR English Department

PS: Email me at for your invitation...