International Women’s Haiku Festival: A One-Line Haiku by Tim Gardiner

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In a richly imagistic, one-line haiku, British poet Tim Gardiner pays tribute to an amazing woman born in his native Norfolk, England.


comma butterfly on her windowpane fresh diary entry

For Margaret Fountaine, Victorian lepidopterist and diarist, born in Norwich.

How clever it is that a comma can fly from a page of this lepidopterist’s diary and, transformed into the ruggedly beautiful comma butterfly, light on a windowpane. Read the butterfly as the symbol of the emerging woman, and you have a haiku that is at once profound and delightful.

Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist, poet and children’s author from Manningtree in Essex, UK. His haiku have been published in literary magazines including Frogpond, Modern Haiku, and The Heron’s Nest. His first collection of haiku, On the Edge, was published in 2017. Tim’s debut children’s book, The Voyage of the Queen Bee, was  published by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2016.

International Women’s Haiku Festival: Haiku by John Hawkhead


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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.