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Saturday, 31 December 2016

dim clouds in warm night
distant crickets call sharply
a prayer for rain

Monday, 19 December 2016

geese eye the still pool
and enter with a clean cleave
tracing a lean wake

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My child, you must sleep
Surrender the absurd day
Enter tomorrow

Monday, 5 December 2016

the fine sand ring rests
life portal for working ants
fragile strength endures

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

dawn's breath, gentle release
tree-bound doves coo their delight
the day's lungs fill, fresh

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


A misty sunrise,
The truth will never be clear;
Just sit, in silence.

An untold story

Two leaves in the air;
Moving rhythmic, together
A story untold
the morning's dim heat
distant thin clouds shimmer high
new buds yawn to life

Monday, 7 November 2016

Dancing in the wind

Unexpected swirls
Brought by a soft gentle wind
Cause treetops to dance


A simple raindrop
On the edge of breaking free
Gently falling down


Drops so crystal clear
Make your reflection appear
Just invisible

Sunday, 6 November 2016

still clouds overhead
in shade, rest -- in sun, warm life
duality endures

Cape Town [City Bowl] @ 6 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016


Explode in fire spheres
From crimson to real turquoise
Send joy in dull night

Friday, 4 November 2016

a crisp spring eve's rain
lingers in the grey day's haze
gentle wonderment

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


Like red rose petals
We fall from life's challenges
Then we grow again

Monday, 31 October 2016

Lighting up the sky
In flashes of gold, silver
Stunning lightning storms


vibrant cape sunrise
the day commences; yawning
music to my eyes

Free cake at break

Icing spread over
Goodness enfolded with bliss
Fluffy, pink cake (yum)

Saturday, 29 October 2016


You flutter your wings,
and your positivity
lights up the darkness

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Peaceful wind outside 
You bring me calmness and joy
Stay a bit longer? 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A bird roams freely
with paper wings holding him
gently, but jaunty.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Bright, shining lanterns
Lighting and guiding the way
In endless black night
Trees bending, bowing
In cold unrelenting wind
As the seasons change 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

morning's light bird song
the not-there breeze barely breathes
a new day stirs, poised
dappling shadows flit
birds wheel in flight's abandon
upturned eyes drink bliss

Monday, 26 September 2016

Life's lacerations

like the cold wind blows
your voice cuts through my vital core
an eternal slash
late winter's thin rain
still bee, wrapped in wet petals
close pollen, so far
photo by Hein Mönnig, 26 Sep. 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


folded paper sheet
the crane becomes, in pure white
still eternal flight

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

still trees and cool skies
distant vague birds sleep in flight
the earth breathes soft clouds

Thursday, 18 August 2016

petrifying heat --
we hold on for our dear lives;
hiding in shadows.
Mysterious skies
Oh, how I look upon you
Silently, but loud

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

at dusk, the moon hangs
pendulum in thin veiled sky
still between heart beats

Sunday, 14 August 2016

A soaking night rain
In the torrent, still ducks stand
Revelling in all

Friday, 5 August 2016

a clear and far sea
distant gull wings skim wave tops
flutters of change sound


A bird of wisdom,
Gasp, all this knowledge, frightening
The apple of life

Happiness awaits

Rivers of sadness
Flowing away, darkness fades
Clouds drifting, sunshine

Pain is only temporary

Roses of darkness,
the tide of fear moving fast;
Temporary pain

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


oh, sad little bird,
you are far too insecure,
with far too much hope.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The sun

Shimmering like gold
Shining against a sky blue
Shouting good morning


Blood red on snow white
Kisses, scattered like roses
On canvas white snow

Thursday, 14 July 2016

fog blankets still earth
high, unseen gulls wheel and cry
day's future shimmers

Sunday, 26 June 2016

the moonlight, too bright
in the sun, a dark glare blinds
see clear in dawn's dusk

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New season

Leaves falling on us
Revealing a new season
All smiles for a while


A pack of lions
Nothing can stand in their way
Why are we, afraid?


A pack of lions
Nothing can stand in their way
Why are we, afraid?


A mountain ahead
The road that follows, unclear
Alone, I will fail

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Winter in the Cape

the mist, descending
thin shroud cloaking all that's fixed
distant seagulls cry

Monday, 13 June 2016

For you, for me, for us

We had a birthday two days ago, on the 11th of June. 

A year before, Reinhardt Voges, Kimberley Hing and I sat at Cocoa Oola in Kloof Street, plotting and planning a haiku society for Jan van Riebeeck. A crazy idea whose time had come, I thought. 

And so it came to pass. 

First, the genesis of a single haiku. Then two, then four, then eight -- well, you get the idea. We, the pupils and I, have written many haiku since then, covering many minute inspirations, from the mundane beauty of nature, to the exquisite pain of emotional hurt. Ah, life's rich fabric.

We're not stopping. At some point, down the line, I think of publishing the best of these haiku [i.e., all of them] in real, paper, book form. Give us another year or ten [as long as the internet lasts, Homer Simpson's cynicism notwithstanding...].

It's been a wonderful trip so far, boys and girls. And, journey-wise, we've hardly left Cape Town, on our way to Cairo!

See you all in the next installment of 17 syllables, and a merry Mazel Tov to us all! [Mossie, Riekert, Cameron -- you're up.]

-- Hein Mönnig [Staff: English Department, 11 June 2016]

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

ant on quiv'ring leaf
surveys its minute kingdom
unseen by high hawks


earth feeds beetle, to bird
bird for snake, feast for badger
badger's flesh sates soil

for T.

a warm winter's dawn
in the distance, hazy coolth
butterfly wings still

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


your eyelids flutter,
like wings on a butterfly,
and you see new hope.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

the low mountain's cap
dark clouds hang, dusky covers
breathless life, thirsting

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Trees, staring in awe
Liaison between the leaves
Waiting for the rain


The light of the sun
Reflecting the world's beauty
Are you satisfied?


Like a burning fire;
The happiness awakens
Bright future's ahead 

education, manipulation

A flower in bloom
Forced to be educated
Complaints are silenced

Thursday, 28 April 2016

A Light.

and there was the light --
illuminating brilliance --
and distance vanished.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tranquility above

serene and peaceful,
soft clouds passing by; viewing
disorder on earth

Thursday, 21 April 2016

early winter's chill
long shadows cast bracing coolth
nearing sleep's soft mantle

Saturday, 26 March 2016

the night's rain, fallen
dawn's cloudy skies, reflections
pure drops on green blades 

Friday, 18 March 2016


I traced star by star,
Until the horizons met...
All led back to you

         Final notes 

    Dancing on the edge;
 Waiting for the final notes...
    Free my captured soul

Thursday, 10 March 2016


what was required --
perhaps uniformity?
But a leaf will fall.
fresh sun on young leaves
canopy of golden green
veins of life, pulsing

Monday, 7 March 2016

as winter draws near
and beautiful flowers die
your warmth keeps growing

Friday, 4 March 2016

Green leaves painted gold
Falling from the tops of trees
While autumn wind blows
Springs in the summer
Chiming and thrumming with life
Shining in sunlight
dim palms in dawn's mist
languid waves lap the morn awake
in tide, sea's heart beats

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016

all towards the end

every day proceeds
birds take flight; directions change
feathers float away

Thursday, 25 February 2016

No more green, just black
Cold fingers reaching for stars
Trees in bright moonlight

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

day's breeze lulls to sleep
petals droop in cool repose
the earth's slow night pulse

Saturday, 20 February 2016

unfolding petals
blooming in rays of the sun
the power of growth
from low mist, seagulls
wispy tendrils birth wing'd grace
amorphous focus

Thursday, 18 February 2016

distant pines cast shade
fields of cool cones lie scatt'red
memories of wood


how dearly you wish --
you wish for the clearest sky
of understanding

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Delicate music
Like the beat of a wild drum
Nature's melody

Sunday, 7 February 2016

on still water, leaves
a quiet dragonfly basks
small peace in stillness

Monday, 25 January 2016

night's soft soaking rain
earth's musk permeates the dawn air
blanket, cloudy skies

Sunday, 17 January 2016

only a hug

brief seconds of touch
souls in the dark intertwine
a form of magic.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Sunday, 10 January 2016

aloft, geese head home
dusk signals day's placid end
a new dawn beckons

Saturday, 9 January 2016


our bluebird chatters
his eyes glinting with shyness
but something beckons

Improbability occurrence

a new dawn awaits -
a troubled mind still waiting:
The Improbable.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Sunday, 3 January 2016

with fragile crackling
gusts breathe dry leaves down to rest
summer's memories

Saturday, 2 January 2016

The harsh truth

Bright rainbow colours
The truth breaking through the lies
Fake friends; discovered

Goodbye agony

Winter passing by,
Time drifts away to the past
Memories are made

Can't forget

A light gust of wind,
Reveals the deepest secrets
Wounds are re-opened


Rainbows full of joy
After a terrible storm
Will darkness return?


Sun, uplifting souls
The healing process ending
Soft, fragile hearts, fixed

The wolf

Like a howling wolf;
Seeking honesty and trust
Will he find answers

Happiness fading away

Blue skies turning dark
The light has been swept away
Pain is upon us

Growing up

Green grass growing fast,
Humans weeping, days passing
The future, unknown


Frozen emotions
Showing no pain or anger,
My best foot in front

Friday, 1 January 2016

a new sun's rise, fresh
a sleeping earth, blazed awake
youth in ancient cycle