The country of Croatia shown by Haiga from Croatian authors.


Every week we present one haiga by a Croatian author/authors. You are welcome to send three of your unpublished photo-haiga, size 2000 pixels on the longer side of your photograph to the Editor:

On your haiga please note the name of the author/authors. Please write the Haiku in Croatian and in your e-mail message you may give the Editor its version in English. Also, in several sentences please let us know how this particular haiga was created.

About haiga

A photo-haiga consists of two art forms, haiku and a photograph. It is important for your haiku not to describe the photograph, nor should it create any misunderstanding. Haiku and the photograph should complement each other and depict an atmosphere of sincerity, buoyancy and depth, creating a piece of art which is more valuable than each separate expression. You need to explore reality and move away from the expected poetical clichés. Be original.

In the spirit of sume-e painting, let your haiku and photography be free of any redundancy. Empty space is important. Explore and take several photographs of the item of your interest until you achieve something especially good. Let your choice of photograph speak of poetry. Take care about choosing the font with which you will write the haiku concerning your photograph. Try several different fonts until you have no obtrusive connection of the letters (shape, colour and size) with the photograph and mood of your art work.

In your haiku do not be a slave to the form of 5-7-5 syllables at the expense of the literary quality of the poem, avoid adjectives. Remember, kigo impersonates the transience of everything and denotes constant changes of everything alive. Only one kigo is allowed in your haiku. Be short and clear, use simple words understandable to each average educated reader. Unfamiliar words may be wrongly interpreted and draw the attention away from such a short poem. While your reader looks up a word in a dictionary, your haiku has lost his/her attention. Remember, haiku is complementary with our rushed, everyday lives. It is clear and short and may be read on sight. It of course hides a story to be thought about.

Try to connect your poem with the photograph in the best possible way. Create several haiga and edit them until you attain the best results. Take care about the main postulates in fine arts. Lay aside your haiga for some time and then return to them several days later. It will be easier to pick the best work. Or, you will create an even better one in a new attempt.

post earthquake time
a family moving
to their new house

I’m watching the birds making their nest, they bring twigs and their home is quickly complete. If only people could do the same, especially those families left homeless after an earthquake. If they could build their home in one day only! Unfortunately, people cannot do what the birds can.

Slavica Sarkotic, haiku

Vesna Janković,  photo

gnarled fingers
above the snow ̶
praying or scolding

This haiku was created on the basis of a photograph taken during the last deep snow in the vineyards of my childhood. Ever since I remember, the trunks of the vines have reminded me of gnarled hands. This particular hill was teeming with produce and beautiful wooden vineyard huts. Today it is either unkempt or the land is used for other purposes. The old huts are left to the ravages of time.
When I saw those withered vines, my first thought was they were praying for mercy, then, perhaps they were warning those who had neglected them …

Katarina Zadrija

corona virus time –

in my skies

traces of dust

Living in the Croatian Coastal region, rarely we have a chance to enjoy snow. My photograph was taken several years ago in Austria, when I went skiing with my family. Now, being the pandemic era, many things have been imposssible to do, and so is travelling. Skiing abroad included.

This haiku, created along side a photograph describes the very moment of my sadness, because my skies will collect dust this winter holidays as well.

Adrijan Glažar, 8.r.
OŠ Vežica, Rijeka
Mentorica:Mihovila Čeperić- Biljan, prof.

still icy steps
of summer nostalgia
in my yard

The cold Winter day was spreading through the yard. By the window I longingly gazed at our trellis covered in grape vines and beyond at the garden. It seemed to have been an unusually long Winter, as if Spring had decided to delay its arrival. I missed the sunshine and everyday activities around the house and I tried to imagine the perennials in flower amidst an invasion of bees and butterflies, the sour cherry tree and the sweet cherry tree in bloom, the red fruit, the birds having brunch in their treetops leaving some cherries for us to pick. I was tired of my multi-layered clothing, moving about like a bear and wished for some light summery outfits and the warmth of the sun on my old bones and certainly the energy and the illusion of youth.

This first day
how many times I’ve sieved
my new resolutions ̶
will they end up on
a long old list as well?

Beginnings inspire. A list of New Year’s resolutions no matter how long and unattainable it might seem, may be our inspiration and an additional wind under our wings. Despite the unpredictability and transience of everything that we cannot change, we may be enriched if we leave our comfort zone and recreate ourselves so we fully shine and connect with Nature and our social environment, and change things for the better. That way we will start to roll with the waves of good currents from our shore, thus helping others to attain their own goals.…