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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


"Haiku" by Emmalie (who is studying Japanese in school)

The word for the week is haiku, a type of Japanese poetry.  The poems are short, only 17 syllables -- 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.  Haiku does not rhyme, and the poems often describe elements of nature or the seasons.

I wrote a lot of haiku when I was a teenager, partly for class and partly for myself, because I enjoyed it.  Re-reading them again now, I am not too impressed with the poetry of my youth. ;)  There are a few poems I wrote back then that I still like, however, including the following:

Rich purple velvet
Opens, praising the new day --
The morning glory.


A star winks at me
From the black pool of nighttime,
Bidding me "good night".

While reading through some haiku online, I came across this humorous poem:

The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then

~Roger McGough

If you've never written haiku before, give it a try ~ you just might like it! :)


  1. I like:

    Haikus are easy,
    but sometimes they don't make sense.


  2. I remember you telling me that one before ~ too funny! :)