Hello everyone, ’tis the first of October and Autumn is upon us. To start the month off, I’m introducing an interesting writing form known as haiku. I learned about this art style from my monthly writers’ group—and I wrote up a few examples to share with you all. With that said, let’s delve into it! 🙂
—What is Haiku?—
Haiku is a short-form poetry originating from Japan. The general structure of a haiku poem is simple, but the meaning is usually deep and spiritual. It uses a few words to evoke vivid imagery in the reader’s mind.
There is a sense of stillness and wonderment within the words, as if for meditation. Many famous haikus are short and simple while packing a punch—so to speak.
Haiku is usually in three lines of words. The first line has five syllables, while the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five again.
To reiterate, haiku poems usually focus on the following:
- Spiritual matters
- Life and its fleeting moments
A haiku may have a “season word” like rainfall or snow, telling the reader what season it is and adding depth to the imagery. There may be a division in the poem, shifting from one focus to another. Instead of describing how a scene makes the author feel, the writer illustrates the details that evoked said emotions
How to Write Haiku
Here are some step-by-step instructions if you’re interested in writing your own haiku.
- Relax and focus on your five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. Look out your window or perhaps at a scenic picture for inspiration.
- Describe the details that stir emotion. Just jot down brief notes or words, for now—nothing complicated.
- Next, form two sentences about what you have observed. Don’t worry about syllables yet.
- Write the third line with a surprising twist compared to the first two. Does the combination of the two unrelated parts imply anything interesting? What is the message being described by the whole haiku?
- Finally, rewrite the poem using the 5-7-5 syllable rule. Experiment and see if you can deepen the poem’s impact.
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Here are some of the poems I wrote up for my writers’ group. I hope you enjoy.
Leaves fall from the tree
Quickly, they glide towards the Earth
Wind in the heavens
The many hills shake
Trees fall and explode anew
Birds cry with terror
The lake becomes still
Like a mirror, the surface
Peace consumes chaos
The sun rises high
The new day is coming soon
Rainbow bulbs sprout below
Singing softly nature
Peace above and below Earth
Stillness, now evermore
Thanks for reading. I’ll have another fun post up soon. Until then, enjoy the cool weather and colorful leaves.