It’s a weird word – haiku…
What is it?
It’s a Japanese poetry form concerned with sound and syllables. As the picture tells, the first line consists of 5 syllables, the middle line, 7, and the last line, 5, to create a total of 17 syllables and none of them rhyme.
Traditional Japanese haiku poems are about nature, but now we have contemporary English haiku poems which do not adhere to the typical syllable count, some falling to 15 or 10 syllables in a poem or exceeding the 3 line structure.
However, for the purposes of this little exercise, let’s say that a haiku is 3 lines, 5-7-5 syllables respectively and do not rhyme. Here are some examples:
cake candy cookies
tasting nibbling indulging
a woman’s reward.
licks, tails, and snuggles
unconditional and true
every one’s best friend.
dark clouds moving in
time to be quiet.
blue skies and water
calming and inviting
tiny hands and feet
reaching, stumbling, playing
A feeling of joy.
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I remember writing haiku back in school, but I’ve definitely slept since then! Thank you, Lucinda, for the wonderful refresher course!
Let’s see if I can write a haiku…
I am so sleepy
I should count fluffy white sheep
I just want to sleep.
Hey – I did it!!! How many haiku writings will you work on today??? Maybe you could write a haiku for your special Valentine this year – hmm… just a thought. Write from your heart because that’s all that really matters. Make it fun because life is too short. Be yourself because nobody does that better than you do! Wink! 😉