SciFaiKu — Venus Acending


Wendy Van Camp
Lit Up
Published in
2 min readApr 6, 2019


Photo by GooKingSword on Pixabay

It is said that the clouds of Venus may one day be a new home for humans with little modification. Living in the clouds above the toxic, crushing pressure below there is a sweet spot of comfortable pressure, gravity, and temperature. These science fiction haiku poems are inspired by this concept of the future.

Orbiting Secrets

In stationary orbit
city in the clouds
learning secrets

Venus Ascending

airship city floats
above toxic clouds
mysterious Venus


Spaceship seeks
floating city in Purgatory
finds crushing darkness

What is SciFaiku?

SciFaiku is a child of contemporary international haiku. A poem is 3 lines and contains about 17 syllables, but this is not rigid due to the subject matter. The topic is always science fiction. The poems strive for directness of expression in its simplicity. Sometimes the poems are titled. Sometimes they are not.

About the Poet

Wendy Van Camp is the Poet Laureate for the City of Anaheim, California. Her work is influenced by cutting edge technology, astronomy, and daydreams. A graduate of the Ad Astra Speculative Fiction Workshop, Wendy has won Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future Contest, is a twice nominated finalist for the Elgin Award, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Dwarf Stars Award. Her poems have appeared in: “Starlight Scifaiku Review”, “Quantum Visions”, “The Junction”, and “Far Horizons”. She is the poet and illustrator of “The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection” and editor of the annual “Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry” by Dimensionfold Publishing. Find her:



Wendy Van Camp
Lit Up

I love to read books, sketch, and drink coffee. I'm an author and the Anaheim Poet Laureate. #speculativepoetry #sciencefiction #memoir #poetry #scifaiku