International Women’s Haiku Festival: Haiku by John Hawkhead


Photo: Ilfrita Ilfi/Creative Commons/Flickr

British poet John Hawkhead talks tattoos and butterflies in today’s feature of the International Women’s Haiku Festival.

tattoo butterfly
fading into her wrinkles
wind through Autumn leaves

This poem tells so many life stories in just seventeen syllables.  But even juicier than the details Hawkhead gives us – the older woman, her butterfly tattoo – are the ones he leaves out: Where is that tattoo, and how large is it?  And that wind stirring the Autumn leaves – is it the tail wind in the wake of her hog?  Her significant other’s hog?  Her red Mustang?  Her self-assured gait?  Her wheelchair?  Her freedom is as enviable as it is colorful.  I want to meet this woman.  Some days, I even want to be her.

John Hawkhead is a writer an illustrator from the South West of the UK who is widely published in haiku and poetry magazines around the world. His book of haiku is available from His Twitter account is at:

Find more information about the International Women’s Haiku Festival and submit your work at this link.

2 thoughts on “International Women’s Haiku Festival: Haiku by John Hawkhead

  1. Dear poet, amazing ! is the word. The tattoo image is wonderfully intertwined here,So much to cull out ,so much to know about the wrinkled woman,still the freedom- all portrayed here.
    with regards


  2. Dear Jenniferhambrick, Greetings! I have been going through all the wonderful reviews and the
    illustrations – really give an insight into the admirable writes. Appreciate.
    with regards


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