Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DAY 4 ~ How to Write a “Haiku Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 Poems in 30 Days”

Let’s have some fun today with Haiku!! Pretty much everyone "knows" how to write a “Haiku” poem, right? Well, read on, you might be unaware of a few details. It’s a popular form of Japanese poetry. Here's 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. Haikus 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.


Flowers, birds, and hope                       
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

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Peggy Barker said...

Haiku Poem
By Peggy Barker

4-4-17 ... 4:57am

Tiara and Craig
Welcome a sweet baby girl
Blake was born today

Vicki said...

Writing a Haiku
Means paying attention by
Counting syllables

Carroll Morris said...

Wind, dust, burst of rain.
Brown wall obscures horizon.
Springtime in Phoenix.

Felines do it right.
Yawn, arch back, stretch wide and long,
Then step into day.

Yellow pollen falls
In circles under the trees.
Allergy season.

Heidi Murphy said...

Okay. Here's my offering:

Heidi Murphy said...

Can I get just a hint of the poems coming in the next few days? I'd like to try and write the same things you all are, but I'm having to do a few today in prep for lots of company and little time...;o)

Aubri said...

Sweat is glistening
Sun bursts forth to warm my back
Summer is beaming

Stephanie Abney said...

Nicely done, everyone!!