Poetry -Haiku

Poetry – The Haiku.

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After reading some Haiku poetry in a writing magazine I thought I might have a go. The rules seem straight forward, or at least on my first attempts. Frustrated, I became distracted with some brief research on the subject. My brief notes are:

The origin of this form of poetry is attributed to the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho who lived during the 17th century. (1644-1694).

The basic components of the poem are; its set length of three lines, key elements of time and nature in the content and with a finish on the last line with an important epiphany or turn, it does not have a title nor does it rhyme.

The poem is constructed with three lines and traditionally contains only seventeen syllables, although some Haiku writers apparently argue for a variation on the syllable count. Nevertheless, to remain true to the original form a Haiku is structured;

1st Line – 5 syllables.

2nd Line – 7 syllables.

3rd Line – 5 syllables.


Here are some of my attempts:


Clear white winter moon

Shining through the ozone gap

Lonely polar bear.

****(Time-winter. Nature-moon)****


Snow-flakes softly fall

On lovers, who kiss farewell

Broken hearts forever.

****(Time-winter. Nature-snow)****


Earth’s stomach ruptures

World shaking with after thoughts

One-minute silence.

****(Time-seconds. Nature-an earthquake)****


Water is life’s thirst

And waves wash death on land

Old man floating free.

****(Time-Vulnerability of life. Nature Tsunami)****



7 responses to “Poetry -Haiku

  1. I too consider myself a student of the Haiku, but must say, also, your examples are -Marvelous!

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  2. Beautifully written. The first two are particularly poignant. Haikus suit you well!

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  3. These are lovely James – I particularly enjoyed the first and the last of your quartet. I’ve experimented with haiku over the last year or so, and although I’ve been rigid in terms of the syllable structure I’ve strayed from the idea of setting them in nature (one of my efforts was set up like a two way conversation using only haiku for example). Regardless, I find it a very satisfying form – and I enjoyed reading yours.

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  4. I just can’t do them. I can write sonnets and epic poems and all sorts of rhyming stuff in fact I do one for a little competition every week and do quite well with votes. But Haikus have me beat Well done on these. It is obviously just one of those things like 3D pictures – denied to me because of a glitch in my brain.

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  5. Haiku is definitely for you! I loved your verses and hope to see many many more. June

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  6. Enjoyed reading your first few haikus! The first one I especially liked, it has a beautiful natural element and poignant message 😊 I always find haikus hard, to try and fit lots of meaning into a mere 17 syllables is very difficult! So I say well done to you!

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