Leap & Throb: Two Very Different Haiku Poems



Leap & Throb are the words for Ronovan Writes weekly haiku challenge. The first thought I had is how our hearts leap and throb within us when we are excited or nervous. Excitement can come in many ways causing hearts to beat faster. You may even see children running and leaping when they are dismissed for summer vacation. A bride just before her wedding, a new school or a job promotion are other examples of excitement causing events.


Leap for joy at the beauty


Without naming anything in particular, my first haiku tries to capture that feeling of excitement. Of course sometimes our hearts beat faster because of anxiety or panic, and that is not fun.


My thoughts with this haiku are about happy things that happen in our lives. As you read it think about what might cause you to leap with joy.




I leap in the air

My heart throbs within my chest

So much excitement


My second haiku brings to mind those debilitating headaches many of us have sometime or another. It was fresh in my mind as I suffered with one for a couple of days this week.


A Headache

Throbbing and leaping

Hammers pounding in my head

Intense pain lingers



Whether I am happy or sad, in pain or health, I know that I can trust my Lord to be near. He may not change the circumstances, but God does give me strength and peace. My body may not feel like praising God when my head is pounding or my back aching, but I still put my faith in him.


Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.


I’m linking up with: #ronovanwrites, #Glimpses, #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsofHope

12 thoughts on “Leap & Throb: Two Very Different Haiku Poems

  1. These are such good Haiku, using similar words but expressing such different pictures! I watched plenty of little ones leaping this week with my grandchildren all gathered here–set my own heart throbbing! 🙂 Oh, but I can identify with that second verse, and the pain that lingers after overdoing. Thank you for sharing the beautiful Scripture that really says the deepest truth, doesn’t it? My heart trusts in HIM through every moment, and that is where His joy resides. I hope that you are able to have a restful week after helping your daughter this past week! Blessings to you my sister/poet/friend! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Bettie! I did spend some time working on them. Oh, I’m sure you had fun watching those little ones of yours! Yes, it’s so easy to overdo and not realize it until it’s too late. I must have done too much yesterday because I hurt my back. So we are going to stay a couple of extra days to give it time to feel better enough to drive.

      I love that scripture, too. He has always been faithful and I know I can trust Him even when in pain. I hope you get some rest, too, after all that company.

      Love and hugs and many blessings to you, my sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  2. I love your haikus, Gayl. I’m so sorry you have to deal with headaches. That must be so difficult to deal with. These lines give me hope – “Whether I am happy or sad, in pain or health, I know that I can trust my Lord to be near. He may not change the circumstances, but God does give me strength and peace.” Thank you. Love and hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, Trudy! I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂 At least I don’t have headaches that often. I’m glad some of the lines brought you hope.

      Love and hugs to you, too! xo

  3. There are two times in the recent past where I have literally leaped for joy, and they both followed a very dark and uncertain time, but then God’s amazing answer came…

    I find that my highest joys, come directly after my lowest times. It is then that the joy is felt that much more profoundly which caused me to leap.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    1. “I find that my highest joys, come directly after my lowest times.” I often find that to be true, too, Karen.

      Thanks for visiting. Blessings to you!

  4. The first haiku brought back wonderful memories of very exciting moments in my life and the second described the headaches I get sometimes. Well done. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Vashti! I was hoping both haiku would touch or stir up something in those who read. So thank you for your encouraging comments!


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