Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Haiku

I'm keeping today's post short, since it's Monday, and Easter Monday at that. 

So. Haiku. In case you've never heard of haiku/vaguely heard of haiku, here's a crash course:

A haiku is a Japanese poem that has a total of seventeen syllables.

The poem is arranged so that the first five syllables make up the first line, the next seven make up the second line, and the last five make up the last line.

count five syllables
then seven more, pausing to
tap out the last five.

Haiku is usually about nature:

the fresh mown grass shines
with the dew of the morning
as I leave for work.

But that's not to say you can't write haiku in any subject. Here is my "Haiku for Monday":

Monday I'm glad you're
here because that means no more
Monday for a week.

And there you go. Pretty easy, right?

For another haiku, go check out Jack Edwards' blog, which I recently started following. He's got a lot of good poetry (which is also his theme for the A-to-Z challenge).

Having a good Monday? Have you ever written haiku? Got a haiku you'd like to share? 
Let me know by commenting!


  1. Love a good Haiku
    Thanks for the definition
    I'll stop by again

  2. Lovely post today
    Haiku was a favorite
    Many moons ago

    Pretty bad, but I got to say most of what I wanted. I used to love writing haiku, I obviously need to work on it again. :)

  3. My mind is fatigued now; I've tried leaving my comment in the form of a haiku and it's just not working out. Quite a nice haiku, I echo your sentiments about Monday.

  4. I had a Japanese teacher in my calligraphy class at community college.... We copied out a LOT of haiku. :-)

  5. I loved your Monday haiku! Very cute and snappy.

    Here's one of mine that I wrote for a challenge a while back:

    The letter is T.
    An innocuous symbol
    Yet used everywhere.

  6. Hey, Lauren - hope you had a lovely Easter!

    There is an award for you. If you think it sounds fun, drop by and check it out. =)

  7. Haiku are such fun to write. I don't really save them after I write them, though. They're just something I pull out of the air when someone asks me to.

  8. Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z challenge. Lovely blog...good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin

  9. I love haikus but they're hard to write sometimes.
    Happy A-Zing!

  10. I've never written a haiku before. I'm more of the elementary school rhyming poem writer. Yours is beautiful.

  11. Love reading haikus, but can never write them.
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z



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