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Paris Haiku: Paris is poetry. Paris is a poem.

« Paris is poetry.  Paris is a poem.  I’m probably not the first person to write these sentiments.  But, I might be the first to write: “Paris is a haiku!”  Around every cobbled corner is an “Aha!” moment waiting to be captured. Open your “haiku eyes” (*) and come along with me on a journey through Paris and French culture, in haiku. » Anna Eklund-Cheong is a haikuist and American expatriate living in Paris. Here is a selection of her haikus capturing fleeting moments of her (and your) favorite city.

 

from giant clock eyes

Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh

overlook the Seine


Paris haikusewing together

the raw edges of the Seine

each stitch an arched bridge

 

 

 


squeeze into creaky

rattan bistro chairs, and stay

as long as you like


Paris Haiku

with maps they locate

Jim, Edith, Oscar, Chopin

scattering stray cats

 

 


clattering shutters

herald the day’s first baguettes

long before dawn … yawn


Paris Haikugargoyles and stone beasts

with gaping mouths and sharp teeth

eye my gooey crêpe

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Anna Eklund-Cheong, an American expatriate living in France since 2000, blogs on Paris culture at https://parishaiku.com/ and leads tours through the city on the 18th century beginnings of the long Franco-American friendship (think of “Ben Franklin’s Paris”).  She enjoys volunteering, travel, reading, blogging, leading tours, and writing haiku.  She has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.  Her haiku have been published in “The Heron’s Nest,” “Acorn,” the “Paris Panorama” newsletter, and “Romantic Paris Magazine.”  For the past three years, several of her haiku have also been selected for printing and display in Washington, DC’s downtown business district, as part of an annual haiku contest sponsored by the Golden Triangle BID.

Photos by Eric Hian-Cheong, http://www.erichcphoto.com/

(*) With a nod of thanks to Patricia Donegan and her book, “Haiku: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids” (Tuttle Publishing, 2003), page 5.

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