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Haiku-graphy 6-10

Haiku + photography

By Cendrine MarrouatPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
Haiku-graphy 6-10
Photo by Sergey Shmidt on Unsplash

As you may know, I am a big fan of haiku. I have studied and written them for many years.

Many of my haiku are inspired by my own photography. I call that Haiku-graphy!

Haiku 6

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At sundown,

rocks and waves, up and down―


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A few years ago, I was lucky to spend a week in Kauai, one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Also known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Legend has it that Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator who discovered the Hawaiian Islands, named it after his favorite son.

The hotel where I stayed had a wonderful beach with a series of rock formations jutting out at its edge. Every day, I would spend an hour or two taking long-exposure shots. The view was always fantastic!

Haiku 7

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Afternoon breeze,

resilience draws from

calloused hands.

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Eyes are considered to be windows to the soul. I also believe that hands reveal a lot about people.

I have been taking photos of hands occasionally for the last six or seven years. They are among my favorite subjects to document...

Haiku 8

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A damaged cover

challenges oblivion;

mom's voice fills the room.

© 2018 Cendrine Marrouat

When I am up early, I usually grab a book and read before having breakfast. Even though I’m French, I don’t like coffee. I’m more of a hot chocolate (and croissants) fan. ;-)

For as long as I can remember, old books have fascinated me. I enjoy touching and smelling them because they transcend the ages. They tell more than the stories within their pages.

The spine of the one you see in the photo belongs to the 1913 (or first) edition of Le Grand Meaulnes. Alain-Fournier’s novel is a major classic of French literature. I inherited the book from my mother.

Haiku 9

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Shadows emerge

late afternoon encounter—

life goes on unfazed.

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If you have followed me for a while, you know that I love to capture simplicity. Most of the time, the play between light and shadows is enough to tell beautiful stories.

I took the photo below in Kauai's Waimea Canyon (which means "reddish water" in Hawaiian). Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the area is 16 kilometres long and 900 metres deep. A number of geological events have chiseled it over a period of 5 million years. One of them is erosion with the Waimea River and extreme rainfall on Mount Waiʻaleʻale, one of the wettest places on earth. The peak receives an average of 11,500 mm of water every year!

I have many photos of Waimea Canyon. However, this one stands out in many ways...

Haiku 10

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Forsaken buildings

at the end of a pathway:

it may rain tonight.

© 2018 Cendrine Marrouat

Ever since my first day in Canada, I have had this strange fascination for old farms and abandoned buildings. They look very different from what I grew up seeing in France!

That's it for today! Thank you for reading.


Cendrine Marrouat is a writer, photographer, podcaster, blogger, anthology editor, and the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms and A Warm Cup of Cozy. She has authored and co-authored more than 40 books, including The Train: A Short Story (2023), In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories & Flashku (2022), After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine (2021), Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku (2020), Walks: A Collection of Haiku (2019-2020), and In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018).

Cendrine's work has appeared in many publications. She is the creator of the Sixku, Flashku, Sepigram, and Reminigram; as well as the co-creator of the Kindku, Pareiku, Vardhaku, and Hemingku.

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About the Creator

Cendrine Marrouat

Writer & Author⎜Photographer⎜Artist⎜Co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms / A Warm Mug of Cozy⎜(Co-)creator of literary forms

"The Train: A Short Story" is out!

Website: https://creativeramblings.com

Donations: https://ko-fi.com/cendrineartist

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  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    This is my favorite one: "A damaged cover challenges oblivion; mom's voice fills the room." Bringing the focus back from escaping oblivion, to the sound of mom's voice...That made my whole brain tingle.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautiful pics, and haiku are very nice. I think the calloused hands is my fave.

  • ThatWriterWoman2 months ago

    These are all brilliant - but number 9 spoke to me the most! The shadows of our chance meetings! As fleeting as the meetings themselves there's something profound about that!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Very nice collection. I think 8 was my favorite Haiku while 10 had my favorite photo. That photo is perfect to me, so many different stories could come of it. Well done! And thank for sharing!!!

  • I loved these - Haikus, photos and commentary 🙏💫✨ The very first photo - I looked at and immediately thought of Hawaii, the way the water is falling over the rock took me exactly there… then I read the haiku and looked again at the photo and dismissed my mind repeatedly telling me this looked like Hawaii. Because that’s crazy, right?! It’s a rock in the ocean, how could I possibly say it looks like Hawaii?! I was astounded to read your commentary!!! We really do imprint energy into our words and photographs - they convey far, far more than their superficial presence. Everyday this never fails to amaze me!

  • Addison M2 months ago

    This was neat.

  • Beautiful photos. I enjoyed all the haiku. I especially liked Calloused Hands and a Damaged Cover.

  • River Joy2 months ago

    You're a talented photographer. The words go well with the images. Nice!

  • Teresa Renton2 months ago

    These are a real treat ❤️

  • Lilly Cooper2 months ago

    I love that the inspiration comes from your photography. It feels like a tip of the hat to the Haiku origins.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Love the Kauai haiku-graphy especially the canyon!!! Left some love ❤️❤️💕

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Beautifully done. I love how your words breathe even more depth into the already pulsating pictures.Haiku 8 resonates deeply with me 🤍

  • Mother Combs2 months ago

    beautiful. gorgeous photos

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Wonderful. Loved the photos of the old barns. How eerie.

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