Tropical Haiku Poems Describe Nature's Essence.

Would you like to learn how to write haiku poems? What are they? Haikus are a traditional form of Japanese poetry, which usually employs three lines, totalling seventeen syllables.

Ideally, they are a detailed observation about nature and the seasons, written in the present tense and involving the senses.

Subjects should have a lightness or springiness – like a blade of grass that bounces because an insect has just landed on it!

This type of poem also helps to focus an artist’s thoughts on a subject and to find its “essence”. It is in tune with the Buddhist idea of being “in the moment”.

Because our tropical climate has no real seasons (except Wet and less wet!) this makes the composition of this disciplined artform more challenging.

This form of poetry seem to come naturally to Frieda van Aller, as she meditates, walks on the beach or tends her responsive garden. Frieda, trained as a teacher in her native Holland, later travelled extensively in Asia, particularly in India, where she lived for some years in monasteries.

To her surprise, life then took a complete change of direction when she married an Australian fisherman, Colin, and fished the waters off North Queensland with him for twenty years. The couple now lives in Port Douglas, running their relaxed and successful B&B accommodation business.

Haikus from Far North Queensland describe fleeting moments.

It's as though a tiny moment in time is captured in these haiku poems from Far North Queensland.

These are Frieda's observations of nature, coming to mind as, in tune with her daily surroundings of beach, jungle and lush, walled garden, she delights as new rainforest flowers and sprays of orchids appear.

The four mile long stretch of beach across from her home is reached by a sandy path, winding through the jungle, where she often is surprised by glimpses of nature that others may not even notice.

The beach itself is an ever-changing panorama of sky, sand and sea creatures with fiery tropical sunsets, soft early morning light revealing faint footprints in the sand or a build-up of dark clouds about to burst with rain, all offering a kaleidoscope of moods.

These haiku poems are presented for your enjoyment and will be added to regularly - so please come back often!

Fleeting Moments in Far North Queensland by Frieda van Aller


the morning still dark
we surprise each other - I
green frog, wide awake

white clouds against a blue sky


just after high tide
no footprints, just mine behind
one morning glory

early morning walk on Four Mile Beach

silver fish in sea
does not know of the kestrel
hungry on its perch

blue sea with blue mountains in the distance

such age-old image
fisherman silhouetted
early morning sea

line of dark green mangroves on small sand spit

neat, freshly raked path
not long before new leaves fall
and footprints appear

jungle path to the beach

the scent of jasmine
lingers in the morning breeze
when light grows stronger

heart of cream frangipani flower

this early morning
small lizards stretch, start moving
a place in the sun

dry leaves on the rainforest floor

If you would like to see more of Frieda's haikus, please bookmark this page - or use the very convenient RSS feed, as explained on the navigation bar.

By arrangement, as part of Artquest Port Douglas, Frieda will usually be available to hold sessions on constructing haiku poems. Some artists consider that this activity helps them to focus on an aspect of their art practice, particularly if it involves the observation of nature - which it should.


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Detailed observations


apricot flower

bright pink frangipani flower

centre of dark red flower

yellow and green variegated leaves

blue purple flower with yellow centre

pink flower

purple mauve flower

orange flower

mixed flowers pinks and white with yellow centres

deep red leaf