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 You are welcome to send three of your unpublished photo-haiga, size 2000 pixels on the longer side of your photograph to the Editor: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.

summer dusk
I miss beauty
of the nightingale’s song

This photo was taken in the town of Ludbreg, Croatia. Every June Croatian haiku poets meet there on a recital, founded by Zdenko Oreč – Gavran. This particular evening on a deserted town square I was thinking of gone haiku poets, my friends.

Stjepan Rožić


sailing past
cutting the fog
above the water

My husband and I often take short trips to the village of Dubrovčak Lijevi beside the river Sava. On those occasions we like to visit the old wooden ferry boat. On this particular morning, I could hardly see the boat from the top of the bank, somehow still and peaceful in the calm river. Then I remembered a modern ferry which had taken us to an island in the Adriatic Sea where we spent our summer holidays. In that timeless moment, the old ferryboat seemed like a piece of history that had just emerged from the river’s memories.

Haiku: Štefica Vanjek
Image: Zdenko Vanjek

quiet morning
a little ball on the balcony
wet with rain

Early in the morning I opened the balcony door. The rain has watered my flowers and Karlo’s ball. If I show it to him so wet now, he will be sorry. I’ll let it dry in the sun.

Jasna Popović Poje


babbling …
the first tooth
making problems

We have a bush of marguerites close by the house entrance. I like to touch and caress a flower and tell it how beautiful it is. In the yellow luxury one can discover the flowers that would excite even Gregor Mendela. While my assistant takes a photo of this unique flower, in the house of my neighbour we hear a baby crying, thus creating this haiga.

Haiku: Silva Trstenjak
Fotografija: Mirjam Pintarić


singing an old song
beautiful like Nefertiti
the grain harvesters

Twilight. On a country road a coach is drawn by two white horses. Behind the coachman with a large black moustache and a hat, holding a whip in his hand, there sat a number of girls with their scythes put aside. They were returning to the village, tired, their faces flushed, singing an old folk song.

Đurđa Vukelić Rožić


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.