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Poetry – The Haiku.

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:


(Time-Winter. Nature -Moon)

Clear white winter moon

Shining through the ozone gap

Lonely polar bear.


(Time – winter, Nature -Snow

Snow-flakes softly fall

On lovers, who kiss farewell

Broken hearts forever.


(Time -seconds. Nature-an earthquake)

Earth’s stomach ruptures

World shaking with after thoughts

One-minute silence.


(Time-vulnerability. Nature-Tsunami)

Water is life’s thirst

And waves wash death on land

Old man floating free.


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