Reflections: Haiku and more

Historically, many gardens in Japan were based on, and used for, poetry. In this spirit, we invite you to reflect on the experiences you’ve had in your local or home garden. What does your Japanese garden mean to you? How has it inspired you? 

Whichever medium you choose- be it poetry, a sketch or photograph- is welcome. If you are inspired to participate, share your creation with us! Showcase it on social media using the hashtag #gardenway and send them to us via email. We’ll post them on this page. 

Here are a few Haiku to inspire you to create something of your own!

Verdant surging life
seldom time for growing slow
get ready to go!
-Tim Gruner

Before my skin knew

Pattering leaves around me
Played the song of rain
-Steven Pitsenbarger

Electric moss glows

Rain drops quench thirsty fibers
sweet future flowers
-Tim Gruner

our poems must sing
as sweetly as

the goldfinch
– Flora O’Brien


From their catbird seats
A gang of crows greeting
The tapestry of morning
-Jim Loggins
After the storm
Stripped and broken branches
Laced with fresh webs

-Jim Loggins



my soul seeks shelter
elegant boulders stand guard
grounded….below, hope ~
-Karen Szyjka

in the quiet pool
pine needles float
on the sky
– Flora O’Brien     

Masked smile unseen,
I tip my cap to springtime,

Etiquette today.
-Kendall Brown  


To me Japanese gardens mean “water, spring and blossoms” and a quiet place to “sit and have tea.” – Bruce Iverson (artwork by Bruce)

*The first photo above is a representation of the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson on focaccia by Cristiana Bertoldi.