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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday 9 April 2011

H: Hooked on Haiku

To be honest, I could never see the point of haiku  and I found them hard to grasp, until I took a Creative Writing course when then Hubby joined in and we cracked it.Taking an idea and distilling it into a microcosm of its original self.

Now I am hooked and regularly do the weekly challenge at: Youknowthatblog

Rich, dark aroma
Percolating the senses
Taste buds awoken

There is also Haiku Heights

and the Daily Haiku
The month of April ~ With crocus and daffodil ~ Hail storm and showers

To write Haikus there are just a few rules:

  1. The lines should not rhyme
  2. The first line has 5 syllables (e.g. Put on the ket tle)
  3. The second line has 7 syllables (e.g. Pol ly make a cup pa now)
  4. The last line has 5 syallables (e.g. Take it off a gain)
  5. Traditional haikus involve the seasons and nature.
  6. Each line should be able to stand alone and not carry to the next line.
  7. Plan what you want to say and then count out the syllables.

Can you do an April haiku?


  1. Thanks for explaining the Haikus style of writing in a easy to follow post. :)

  2. I never really understood haikus. Thanks for explaining how to write them. I'll be sure to try them one day. :)

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  3. I've love the need for precision a Haiku brings with it. You need to appreciate the value of each word and use it with love...

  4. Oops! Unlike in comments, where I didn't value the word loved! Sorry! LOL

  5. ahhh, I love Haiku poetry and enjoy teaching my students..even those who don't like to write come up with some amazing poems...
    thanks for a great post and Happy A to Z~

  6. Back when I was teaching, I always did a month of poetry in April and we did a day of writing haikus. We started with traditional subjects first and then I let the kids write any topic of a piece of paper and we'd all pick one and write a haiku on it. I've written about My Little Pony, various sports and one even on onomatopoeia. I think that one was my favorite.

  7. I think Haikus are amazing and very versatile! I love how the rules are not completely set in stone -there are many variations, many changes of rhythm and syllabic compositions but the essence of capturing a moment in microcosm is for me the true joy of this amazing form of poetry!! I love writing and experimenting with haikus - it's truly a joy to do!! Yay for H for Haikus! Take care

  8. Thanks for the refresher cource! Been thinking about this lately because I have seen alot of them around. Good word for the day!

  9. We never did haiku at school. What fun! :O)

  10. Hi Madeleine
    I regularly follow and enjoy your Haiku posts - thanks for the pointers on the structure. Never tried to write one (I'm probably a bit too verbose!) but I like the notion of distilling an image or emotion down to its essence ...
    Thanks again for the post
    All best

  11. I very much enjoy your haiku! They are quite inspirational.

    I like writing them as well. The strict syllable count is appealing, trying to convey a feeling or sensation yet bound by limits. It really makes you think of how to structure it, and finding the right phrasing and words. :)

  12. Haiku is an interesting writing discipline. I like writing them, too, though not every day:-)

  13. this is pretty and succinct.

  14. Great post, Madeleine. I've written some more this week; we'll see if they get accepted anywhere.

  15. I used to write haiku but that was a long time ago. I have my hands buys with writing. But I liked yours! Have a great weekend.

  16. Thank you for the post! I've never made an attempt at a haiku before; partly because the only thing I knew about them was 5-7-5 syllable structure, and partly because I don't write much poetry.

  17. I also never tried haikus :) but I'll think on it :) Thanks for the simple way of putting them!

    Following you from A-Z challenge!

  18. Hey Madeleine,
    How's it goin' eh? Well, even though I'd only heard about haikus in the last year or so, I think you do a wonderful job of formulating yours.
    And, may I say, well done, in your ongoing 'alphabet challenge' :)
    Now then Madeleine, 'I' guess that 'I' will be the next letter in the magnificent and thought provoking alphabet challenge :)
    Take very good care and have fun.
    Kind wishes, Gary.

  19. Here's my April haiku from dreary Maryland, hwere we've had maybe 3 hours of sunshine thus far in April, and 3 days of it prior to April.

    Sun, rain, more rain, rain
    Flowers, rain, East Coast cold
    Rain is getting old.

  20. Haikus are heaps of fun! :) I remember writing them in class when I was 11. hehe

  21. I love Haiku! I took an asian lit class and we studied them. Great stuff :) Forces you to consolidate your thoughts into the tightest possible space. Thanks for sharing :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  22. How exciting - I think I may have to get hooked on Haiku when the April A - Z is over

  23. Hi Madeleine ..

    April rewards the senses
    Flowers, blossoms appearing

    Cheers enjoy our sun .. long long may it last! Happy Sunday .. Hilary

  24. Thanks for editing my Haiku attempt. I feel privileged.
    Directions and your lovely work make it appear a simple thing. My mind is pleased by the flow but has difficulty thinking in syllables.

  25. If I'd stopped to think about it I could have guessed you'd do H for Haiku!

  26. Thank you everyone :O))))))))

    You are welcome, Mary. Your haiku is very good.

    LOL! I did toy with horror, historical or something else.:O)

  27. Zoanna- I love your haiku, it is very evocative and witty.

    Hilary- Great haiku, I love how the haiku blossoms as the flowers do. :O)

  28. Oh, I love your coffee haiku! So expressive.

  29. I'm terrible at Haiku, but yours is fabulous :)

  30. I appreciate how constructing haiku brings my thoughts into focus. It's almost meditative.


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