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The Alphabet (A-Z) of Haiku

Introduction


The following A-Z of Haiku follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable format.

The English alphabet (also known as the Latin/Roman) as I'm sure you know, consists of 26 letters, a mixture of vowel and consonant, starting with A and ending with Z. We use it every time we speak or write English yet, from the time we learn how to use it, it tends to be taken for granted.

I've decided to dedicate some time to this venerable long line of letters, giving each one its own haiku, based on shape, sound and story.

I had great fun composing these short poems. Please feel free to come up with your own alphabet haiku!

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A is for angle

A is for angle

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An artist's easel?

Frame for an advanced teepee?

Triangle with legs.



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B is for bee

B is for bee


By blowing bubbles,

equal billowings of cloud,

for bosom effect.



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C is for certain

C is for certain


Chain link come undone

like an O with a bite shaped

to fit a big horse.


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D is for done

D is for done


Door handle decides

to live next door to vowel!

Do consonants know?


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Each of us should know

Einstein's equation equals

half an aerial.



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Finding the sign post

bent like a finger, f word

in fact just forking.


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Gorgeous great big ear

listening for a silent

G, in the word gnome.


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He kicks the football

right over the high crossbar.

Heaven for his team.



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Incidentally

watch out for the single post -

ooops too late! Black eye!



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Just my awful luck.

That fish was as big as me!

Now look. Empty hook.



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Kick contains two ks.

I see knee joints flying high!

That's crucial knowledge.


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Let's see the outline.

The straight thin man on one ski.

He isn't waving.


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Maybe too much weight

caused the platform to collapse

exactly midway?


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Between M and N - Halfway Through the A-Z of Haiku


Nouns are so well known

no one notices this zed

on its side napping.



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Owls only has one.

Hoot two. Or this trick by an

eclipse of the sun.


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Prevent pole vaulting!

Put up a sign, a straight pole

and U sideways on.


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Quite right to think cue.

Pool ball struck by tip of stick -

a question of sport.


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Royal rock and roll .

Rhythm and rhyme in real time.

Red hot guitar riffs!


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Symmetry of snake,

shadow, snapshot, silhouette

as sun sets, somewhere.


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The true telegraph

pole, a hieroglyph, the tau,

junction, this way, that.


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Under hypnosis

U dreamt of drinking unknown

quantities of ummmm?


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Vegetarian?

Vegan! I never touch meat!

You have a sharp tongue!


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When the water stills

wonderful reflections of

two wild peaks appear.


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X rays hit the spot.

Ten kisses for the poet

who wrote Xanadu.


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Your arms wide open!

Celebrate with cocktail glass!

Year over you yell!


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Zigzag your way through

zillions of mad zombies

to the zone of snores.


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Haiku Inspired

I hope you enjoyed this A-Z of haiku. I find haiku endlessly absorbing, they are a perfect form for a short poem. I also use them as inspiration for possible longer poems How do I do that? Well, I often find the first line of a haiku comes through observation - when I'm out in Nature or simply walking or sitting - and that can lead to more comprehensive lines. It's a sort of catalyst helping me create longer poems.

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© 2012 Andrew Spacey

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