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Want to try your hand at traditional haiku?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30828points) September 22nd, 2010

From Wikipedia:

Contemporary English-language haiku

Today, haiku are written in many languages, but most poets outside of Japan are concentrated in the English-speaking countries and in the Balkans.

It is impossible to single out any current style or format or subject matter as definitive. Some of the more common practices in English are:

1. Use of three (or fewer) lines of 17 or fewer syllables;
2. Use of a season word (kigo);
3. Use of a cut (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) paralleling the Japanese use of kireji, to contrast and compare, implicitly, two events, images, or situations.

While the traditional Japanese haiku has focused on nature and the place of humans in it, some modern haiku poets, both in Japan and the West, consider a broader range of subject matter suitable, including urban contexts. [end Wikipedia]

Here’s a haiku I wrote myself that I believe satisfies the rules:
April’s damp morning
Buddha ponders in shadows,
Aromatic moss

I think the main point to get across is the 5, 7, 5 structure and the use of a seasonal reference.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Harvest moon o’erhead,
Autumnal equinox makes
A night’s great beauty

filmfann's avatar

The beaches are colder
Schools in, good times are over
Autumn sucks hind tit.

marinelife's avatar

Autumn is here
So why is it 95 degrees?
Where is fall now?

rebbel's avatar

Trees’ leafs copper green
Twirling and swirling in fall
Beginning of spring?

aprilsimnel's avatar

With deepening breaths
I am learning to calm down
Listening to my soul

Trillian's avatar

Waking in silence
Trying to recall my dream
Time to start my day

Rhodentette's avatar

A serpentine slash
Of sleek, autumn-coloured fur—
His Catness pounces.

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