OK, before you say, “Oh good, Haiku, I KNOW how to do that” and rush off – how about taking a few minutes to read what I have to say because I bet there may be a few things you might not know about it. At any rate, humor me for just a minute or two.
First off – there are TWO REASONS I chose to feature Haiku today ~ Day 17 of our “Month of Poetry.”
1st: Today, April 17th is actually “International Haiku Poetry Day”
2nd: If you add up the syllables in all three lines, 5+7+5, it equals 17; hence today is the perfect day for us to write a HAIKU!! Cheers!!
Here is a link to a bit of history about Haiku if you are interested:
Almost everyone has probably heard of “Haiku” poetry. It’s a very popular form of Japanese poetry. I bet a lot of you have tried your hand at it already. Technically, there is Japanese Haiku and then, for our purposes, there is “English Language Haiku” (unless you happen to be fluent in Japanese).
Haiku poems are written about everyday things. They tend to be about nature, particularly about the seasons, but you can write one about other things as well; feelings, experiences, etc.
~ IF you go with a nature theme, then the last line usually has a season word in it, but again ~ be creative and do it your way.
DID YOU KNOW? Haikus are supposed to ALWAYS be written in PRESENT TENSE!
Keep it simple. Try to capture a moment in time, scene, image from a specific time (using present tense) in just a few words.
It’s only three lines and we will be counting a precise number of syllables per line again. No rhyming needed for Haiku. There are a total of 17 syllables for the entire poem, following the pattern below:
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables
You need to pay attention to the number of SYLLABLES, not
words. If you need to double check o how many syllables a
word has, you can use this syllable counter:
Here are a few examples:
In a colorful array
Spring bursts through my door
© 2017 Stephanie Abney
A ball of fire
Slips behind the horizon
A summer goodnight
© 2016 Stephanie Abney
A soft, gentle breeze
Tickles leaves in my front yard
And I know He’s there.
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
To my son, Brian
You are always in my heart
I feel you near me
© 2014 Stephanie Abney
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