I had never heard of Haiku

Until my friend, Linda, shared her passion for writing these addictive short forms of poetry as they came to her through the day. Seriously, Now that I have started playing with words (thanks for the reference, Linda) I often now think in 5, 7, 5 structure…counting on my fingers the number of syllables in phrases.

Haiku (俳句, listen (help. · info)) is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or “cutting word”, 17 on (a type of Japanese phoneme) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference

Many people have been taught in schools that haiku is a 5-75-syllable form of poetry. In Japan, they don’t actually count syllables at all, but sounds.

I’ve been keeping a journal of my Haiku jots. Cheap entertainment for pandemic boredom!

The geese could be swans

in the early morning light

Peacefulness and grace

…..and

No pressure, no fear

Doing what is mine to do

all in its own time

Until next time (4 syllables)

One thought on “I had never heard of Haiku

  1. So strange! Haikus had just come up in my circle the same week you posted this!

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