Jump to content

Share your Haiku with us! - Poetry Group

Recommended Posts


A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry where the only rule is that it must consist of only three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables on each line respectively.

Here are a few Haikus as some examples (not by me):

Haiku's are easy
But they don't always make sense,
by unknown

Worker bees can leave.
Even drones can fly away.
The Queen is their slave.
by Chuck Palahniuk

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
by Basho Matsuo who is known as the first great poet of Haiku.

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
by Natsume Soseki who is considered the Charles Dickens of Japan.

Feel free to share some Haiku with us!


Spring Haiku

The dew left by night showers.
Brings back my Mayflowers.
Brings back my little humming bird.

Fall Haiku

The trees turn many colors.
There is one color that everyone has.
Red leaves form bloody trails.

Winter Haiku

The whiteness of the land.
Makes me think of my winter wonderland.
I go back and defrost.

You Haiku

As I saw the moon,
I remembered the night I saw you,
Or was it a dream floating in the summer’s breeze.
(eh might have went over on the last one ^^;


Very nice and evocative poetry there! Truly a pleasure to read. You've touched on something quite authentic about haiku which is that traditional Japanese haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, something you've pulled off quite gracefully

Just to gently reiterate, a haiku is bound by constraints on syllables (5,7,5 per line respectively), a syllable being what you get when you break down a word into its speech parts. So the word water has two syllables, wa, and ter, wonderland has three syllables, won, der and land.
If we broke down Soseki's haiku above with dashes for words with multiples syllables it would read thus:

O-ver the win-try 5 syllables
for-est, winds how-l in rage 7 syllables
with no leaves to blow. 5 syllables

Howl is a bit of a tricky one, and shows that in many cases a haiku is subjective to the writers speech patterns. Do you pronounce it howl (to rhyme with cowl, 1 syllable) or howel(to rhyme with towel, two syllables)?

There's also a syllable game on the BBC website which is kinda cool, http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/spelling/soundandspell/syllables/game.shtml.

And keep 'em coming


ah thanks for the uptake on the syllable i always get confused for some reason xD but thanks ^^


Why is it so cold?
Can't feel my toes anymore,
But then you arrive

  • Create New...