What’s the difference between a Haiku and other poetry? Here’s the recipe for a Haiku:
The Haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. It does not have to rhyme, and in fact should not rhyme, but it is considered a mood poem, so the words you choose should be chosen very carefully, and invoke emotion in the reader – laughter, tears, a sense of compassion, a sense of fear, a sense of accomplishment or a sense of hope and encouragement. It doesn’t use any metaphors or similes. Usually when Haiku is taught, the students are told to restrict the number of lines and syllables. Punctuation and capitalization rules are up to the poet, and need not follow rigid rules used in structuring sentences.
Basic guidelines for beginners (like me – holding my hand up really high!):
- Line one has 5 syllables
- Line two has 7 syllables
- Line three has 5 syllables
A Haiku makes me think of the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment called feng shui. It’s a popular tool used in all sorts of design and staging of new homes for public view. It’s all about balance and literally translates as “wind-water” in English.
But back to Haiku… Lucinda has written some thought-provoking poetry for this blog. I love Haiku just like I love to hear a short sermon at church that is really good. A good Haiku will speak to you with these few words, just as a nice short sermon can get to the point and leave a lasting impression on the listener.
A woman’s reward… OH I like that! 😉
Lucinda reminded me that there is a SAD side to Haiku…
Oh… some of us know about chronic illness. Jus’ sayin’.