Tomislav MareticTomislav Maretić

Tomislav Maretić (1951) is a MD (a specialist for infectious diseaseses) from Zagreb city, Croatia. He has been writing haiku for almost forty years and his haiku have received several awards and prizes. He lives in Gornje Vrapče, a picturesque village near the Croatian capital city with his wife and four children.


the rocking chair
a young pregnant woman
swings her big belly

Grand Prix, 2nd Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, 2012.

a falling star ...
just when I decided
to give up

Honorable Mention, 19th Mainichi haiku contest, 2015.

sleeping late
all the morning glories
curled up

First place, Shiki Kukai, April 2015, (theme: sleeping late)

lake in the morning –
mallards taking a sunbath
on the thin ice

Honorary Mention, The 27th Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest, 2016.

cricket song—
the vastness of fields
in the gloom

The Heron's Nest; Volume XVIII, Number 2: June 2016.

invisible crows –
their caw coming
from the fog

8th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest Selected Haiku, 2016.

rowing down the river -
the heron ahead of us
flies off again

6th Matsuyama International Haiku Contest, Excellent haiku award, 2017.

winter solstice—
the forest's empty treetops
filled with stars

Heron's Nest; Volume XVII, Number 2: June 2015.

at the cemetery
by moonlight… talking
with shadows

The Heron's Nest; Volume XVII, Number 2: June 2015.

hospital parking lot –
the free places only
by mortuary

World Haiku Review, August 2017; Haiku of Merit.

barely felt,
the breeze that wafts away –
a cloud of midges

Mainichi Daily Annual Selection, Sept. 6, 2017

winter wind –
by the swaying lamp
the street is moving

Four Seasons, Koko Kato, Haiku anthology 1991.

a child shakes
the first snow from the swing –
a quiet morning

Ito En, 1991

the camper's fire
noiselessly warming up
the pan of the moon

Ito En, Honourable Mention, 2001.

guests are coming –
are the petals to be swept
from the path?

Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2006.

the moon now this
now that side of the train –
blossoms everywhere

Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2006

private property
white lilac over
the high wall

Frogpond, Volume 31, Number 3, Fall, 2008.

cherry blossoms—
our moonlit walk
becomes longer

Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, 2008.

hazy moon –
a nightingale in the canyon
competes with its echo

Samobor Haiku Meeting, Miscellany 2003.


a plane tree –
every leaf falling
in its own way

The Heron's Nest, Volume XIV, Number 3: September, 2012.


mountain path—
a wood grouse in love
won't let us pass

The Heron's Nest, Volume XV, Number 1: March, 2013.

the sweat cooling
under my straw hat—
waterfall breeze

The Heron's Nest, Volume XV, Number 1: March, 2013.

brilliant moon — 
sharp shadows of lemons 
on the stone steps

The Heron's Nest, Volume XIII, Number 4: December, 2011

invisible bugs drawing
the bat’s flight

Frogpond, Volume 33, Number 1, Winter, 2010

green valley—
the brook brings blossoms
from a distant hill

Sakura Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2010

first raindrops –
the fragrance
of dust

First place, Shiki kukai, Free Format Theme, May 2013