Saturday, April 12, 2014

DAY TWELVE ~ “Haiku Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Let’s have some fun today with Haiku!! 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. But let’s get some more info on it and some instructions:

Use simple words. This is a compact form of poetry, yet usually very meaningful. Use your words to paint pictures in the reader’s mind. Haiku is written about everyday things. It tends to have a nature theme, but you can write one about other things as well; feelings, experiences, etc. ~

Keep it simple. It’s only three lines and we will be counting a precise number of syllables per line again.

No rhyming needed for Haiku (we WILL be learning some rhyming poetry tomorrow) but for today – NO RHYMING – here is the pattern for how many syllables per line:

Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables 
Line 3: 5 syllables

You need to pay attention to the number of SYLLABLES, not words. 

Here are 3 examples that I have written:

Golden ball of fire
Slips behind the horizon
A desert goodnight

© 2014 Stephanie Abney

 photo courtesy of Bob Murray of Scottsdale, AZ - used with permission

To my son, Brian
You’ll always be in my heart
I feel you near me 
© 2014 Stephanie Abney

A soft, gentle breeze
Tickles leaves in my front yard
And I know He’s there. 
© 2011 Stephanie Abney


Vicki said...

Losing a child
The sun comes up anyway
Then your heart still beats

Stephanie Abney said...

Wow, Vicki - I can totally relate to this one. Very tender. Very beautiful.

Tanya Parker Mills said...

The writer's muse comes
Fingers fly on the keyboard
A story is born

Heidi L. Murphy said...

I wrote one for last night but the whole computer bogged and I lost it and gave up in disgust. So here's a haiku for today. There are others on my blog at

A gecko suns there
He skitters into a crack
When the sun goes down