The Stargazing Frog paperback and ebook.

A star falls at night —
into the lake follows it
the stargazing frog

A poetry collection of 366 original haiku
about nature, humans and stars.

The Stargazing Frog is a collection of original haiku and other 3-liners in the style of Japanese poetry, that points to us the significance of the “little” moments, the moments that deep down really matter the most: the first snowflake at Winter, a grasshopper’s hope for sun at Spring, a butterfly’s wild dream at Summer, the first petal to fall at Autumn.

Twilight hour —
through the naked trees
birds and stars

A remedy for the pain of impermanence.

The stargazing frog is each and every one of us. We are just tiny observers in a large life and in a vast universe, given with a choice: we can either be overwhelmed and paralysed by the burdens and magnitude of life, or we can accept life’s hardships as a fact and try to turn them into something beautiful and meaningful. Poetry just shows us the way towards the stars.

Infinite love
in the four dimensions
of our two lips

A haiku for each day of the seasonal year.

Beginning on the first day of Winter, with the winter solstice on 22 December 2019, and ending on the last day of Autumn, on 21 December 2020, the Stargazing Frog offers 366 original haiku poems on a variety of themes. Every day, you can read, enjoy, contemplate or share a haiku about:

  • Nature or humans
  • Rural or urban environment
  • Life or death
  • Impermanence or eternity
  • Humour or irony
  • Love or hate
  • Annoyance or peace of mind

Summer blackout —
while city is turned off
night sky lights up

Enjoy the true ‘flavour’ of haiku
in the English language

While in Japanese poetry a haiku strictly follows the pattern of 5-7-5 phonetic units, the poems of this book follow only one rule: for each poem, first and third lines have the same number of syllables, not necessarily five though, while the second line has two more. That way the overall rhythm of a haiku is preserved without adhering blindly to a form that has little meaning in the English language.

Silent summer night
star falls — before my deep wish
cricket makes his, first

This poetry collection ebook is for you, if you love poetry, you can appreciate short poems, you are fond of Japanese poetry and culture, and above all if you love to gaze at the stars at night. Also, it is an ideal present for your loved ones or if you are searching poems for teens.

Old pond
a frog jumps in —
splash-sound

Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694)

The frog has emerged and is now sitting upon a water lily gazing at the stars.

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