Natural and Native…One Haiku

Mary L. Holden
Jan 17, 2024

…in honor of the story embedded in a movie

Alex Marentes, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

A friend told me about the movie “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” (New Zealand, 2016). In the movie, haiku is used as a means of communication.

The photo I’ve used to illustrate the motivation for writing this poem was described on Wikimedia Commons as, “Picture of petrographs at Chaco Canyon. Three objects are shown drawn on a nearly flat, vertical stone: a star on the lower left, a crescent moon on the lower right, and a human hand above the moon.”

A picture is worth at least a thousand words, words to shape into poems.

haiku asks fingers
to count syllables for poem
and spread touch of heart

Poets, may your poetry (in any form) find its fingers and touch hearts.



Mary L. Holden

A constantly evaporating editor and writer. Believer in medium since 2013 when they made me wait for an invitation….