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 You are welcome to send three of your unpublished photo-haiga, size 2000 pixels on the longer side of your photograph to the Editor: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

a tired grass cutter
resting in the shade of a vineyard hut
̶ noontime scorch

I was passing by an uncut meadow at noontime. No breeze at all, the heat could be touched with my hand. I was thinking about the grass cutters who cut the grasses with scythes. They woke up before dawn, cut the grasses until the noontime scorch. Then they would take a rest and sleep awhile, so they could continue with the work.

Katarina Zadrija, Vrbovec


hidden cameras ̶
an uninvited guest
searching in my garden

I was creating “clouds” from my boxwood bushes, gleefully looking at the plants in flower adorning the flower beds. I felt grateful and proud like every true gardener feels amidst the beauty he had been creating for years. But, all this time I felt somebody’s gaze on me, with curiosity and in control behind my back. Now and then I glanced at the fence and the trees around me, but noticed no one. After a while, I sat in my chair on our veranda and then discovered the calm, beautiful spy.

Haiku: Štefica Vanjek
Image: Zdenko Vanjek

crowded train
a child playing with
it’s mother’s earrings

On this hot June day the local train was full of tired people. Opposite of me in the compartment sat mother with her child. In order to free the seat next to her she took her infant into her arms. Nervous with heat the child found its peace by playing with mother’s earrings.
My gaze at the morello cherries rippening in pairs reminded me of that situation on the train and on the play with other girls when very young. We would adorn our ears with couples of cherries as if earrings…

Grozdana Drašković


a scene in the forest
reminds me of Christmas

As a child, the forest ferns reminded me of a perfect Christmas tree.
Every school year I create Christmas cards with my pupils.
One year I had an idea of using the ferns for these cards.
Since then, while still green and fresh in the woods, in the summertime, I pick the fern leaves and press them in books.
When dry and straight I use them as the base on a Christmas card, to be decorated in a number of different ways.
Everytime I see a fern in the woods, it reminds me of Christmas time.

Grozdana Drašković


the scent of deep sea
so much joy
in small steps

Springtime and still not time to take a swim. But, memories of last year’s sea merriment in the same place, in this shoal, invites a little boy to investigate the area again. Perhaps he is thinking of this Summer and he will cross the shallow boundary and swim like a big boy… This is a joyful family photo-note in the boy’s 6th Springtime.

Zdenka Mlinar

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.