Blog Post #66
I am having a great time composing and posting my little poems every “Haikuesday”. Thanks to my friend, Dani, for encouraging the resurrection of our version of this poetry writing game every week.
Since I have been writing haiku for this weekly challenge, I thought I would find out more about this form of poetry — so I did a little research.
We all know that haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, but did you know that in Japan these poems are highly valued for their simplicity, depth and lightness? Haiku traditionally uses exactly 17 syllables and avoids similes and metaphors and usually refers to a season of the year.
When writing haiku in English, most poets usually pen the three line poems in the well-known 5/7/5 format, but modern day haiku authors use various rhythms and line lengths but keep the total syllable count at seventeen.
Haiku: What Does it Mean?
The Haiku Society of America, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the writing and appreciation of haiku in English, offers its official definition of haiku:
“A haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition.”
Read the society’s full definition report, which was adopted in 2004.
The Haiku Society of America, among other activities and projects, publishes a journal of contemporary English language haiku, and essays and articles on this form of poetry and others related to it. The magazine, Frogpond, is published three times a year.
Check out the society’s website for the current issue of Frogpond, previous issues, information about membership, submissions, awards and more.
Two Poems For Haikuesday
This first one is my attempt for this week’s challenge.
The ocean floor revealed
As the tide rolls out
shells and pebbles glisten
This second poem was written by my friend, Sherry, who has been carrying on this haiku challenge on Twitter. Sherry graciously allowed me to post her latest poem on this blog. She is a wonderful poet — if you want to read more of her haiku compositions and get to know her, follow her on Twitter — sometimesSherry.
Cold breezes blowing
Dark clouds hover low and dark
Rain is going to fall
Brynne’s Daily Drawing #66