Discussion Question: The Use of Haiku in The Red Kimono

If you have finished reading The Red Kimono, or if you’re in the process of reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following topic:

I used haiku to summarize important events at the start of some of the chapters in The Red Kimono. Many of the haiku included symbolism such as porcelain mask:


A porcelain mask
Though inside, a heart beats strong
Even the oak breaks.



What did “leaves” symbolize?


Leaves swirling around
Fall to the ground and lie in
Eternal slumber.

What other symbols or metaphors do you recall from the book? Why did I use haiku only in Sachi’s chapters? Should I have used more? Less?

Please feel free to write your comments, critique, feedback, etc. Also, if you’re willing, I’d love for you to leave a review on Amazon by clicking on the following link! 🙂


Thank you!


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5 Responses to Discussion Question: The Use of Haiku in The Red Kimono

  1. I am absolutely loving the haiku! My fav so far (not done reading): A far away war / Angry words pelt like bullets / The battle brought home. Very eloquent. I like how your haiku follow more the Japanese style, vs this new American haiku style of whatever, as long as it’s three lines. I guess some of Sachi’s chapters appropriately have them as she is Japanese and a thoughtful girl. I’m finding Nobu sensitive, too, but he’s too angry to think about writing sparse poems. I think the haiku is sprinkled throughout just right. A surprise delight for me.

    • Jan Morrill says:

      Thank you, Linda. Your haiku are some of the most beautiful I’ve read, so I consider this a huge compliment. I’m glad you’re enjoying their place in the book!

  2. truthsbyruth says:

    The haikus, just like the Whisperings I used in Soldiers From the Mist, gave that “extra somthing” that made the book and story that more special and very unique.

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