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Haiku Writing Challenge
Before we get to the challenge, we’ll take a brief trip back in time to fifth grade for a simple haiku review.
A traditional Haiku has 17 syllables or “sound units.”
The syllables are broken into three lines, where:
- the first line has five syllables
- the second line has seven syllables
- the final line has five syllables
Three lines altogether is the maximum number for a Haiku because this type of poem is based in simplicity and meditation, which means that it is usually reflective of something that you have become aware of in your natural surroundings.
Here’s a sample poem from Haiku master Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694):
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again
Consider the imagery packed into 13 and 12 words in each respective poem: your imagination conjures the tranquil pond and hears the sound of the splash as ripples diminish into silence.
BASHO abandoned for poetry the samurai (warrior) status he had earned, and gradually got a reputation as a skilled poet and able critic. As a poet he is credited with elevating haiku to a highly refined "telegram art" that is marked by love of the unobtrusive.
What is a Haiku?
The haiku poem began to emerge in Japan as far back as the 7th century, and the most common themes for these poems were prayers, celebration, and harvesting.
In the 1950s, haiku poetry writing became popular in the West thanks to poets such as Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac.
A haiku is a type of poem which will
- allow you to practice focusing on specific numbers of lines and syllables in your poetry writing.
- be a fun challenge.
- help you to discover new ways to write about nature and your surroundings in a very meditative way.
What will my Haikus be based on?
While traditional haikus tend to focus on things found in nature, anything goes for this haiku challenge.
The object is to try a new form and put some variety into my writing projects.
I value your thoughts and feedback.
This challenge is about:
- Perfecting my craft, sometimes painfully, sometimes effortlessly,while allowing others to watch.
- Practise my passions
Stay tunes, as I will update this hub daily throughout the month of April with a new Haiku each day.
Write a Haiku daily. One should be written for every day of April, National Poetry Month.
At the end of the month I should have a collection of 30 original Haiku.
Wish me luck!
See you on the journey....
Beauty of Spring time
Gentle touch, now look for more
Spring swells across fields
Signs of Spring
Forest grows lively
Howling wind assaults the air
Hair flows wild and fierce
Melody of nature yells
With thundering drums
Bread, cheese, and a jug of wine
Fine art. Shall we dine?
Moon shines as spring falls
Silent hush rising slowly
Healing of nature
Healing of Nature
He looked at his phone,
turned pale, quickly left the room.
She watched him, smiling.
Some music to go along with the Day 6 haiku....or is it a very short, short story? You decide.
Sunshine beams eagerly
Wait for me among pure bliss
Gardens spread quiet
Teachings in silence.
Gift of life with bitter taste.
Wood creaks. Turn around!
That tree over there
Look how light filters through leaves
Makes me want to dance
They fall from the sky,
Fields wave swift and just
Voiceless song within harvest
Markets spread nearby
Summer spreads quickly
Gliding leaf escaping fast
Friends laugh close at hand
Blossoms drift from the sky
Fragrant scents of memories
Flowers wave gracious
I hear the birds chirp
oustide my window and stop
when the sun comes up,
Fish swim without care
A true friend is hypnotized
Balloon drifts gently
Caress of summer
Entertained within my soul
Teasing in my mind
Ants march all alone
Morning dew hovers above
Sunshine beams in light
Nature grows humbly
Summer heat stands with courage
Path runs in silence
Ripples in a pond
Sweet delights of memories
Nature grows reckless
Grass sways without care
Winter snow is free to go
Ant marches at dawn
Winds howling wildly
Sleeping child guarantees bliss
Thoughts swirl in my mind
Dust glides in the light
Silent hush hovers about
Changing to whispers
Leaf drifts. Spring is here.
Fragrant scents invade my mind
Sunshine beams carefree
Night falls with desire
Silver lines between the stars
Silver Lines Between The Stars
Wood creaks. Morning comes
One last step ere farewell voiced
Winds blow to the sky
Bells jingle. Gracious!
Silent hush now understands.
Fog shrouds game of bliss.
Insects fly at dusk
Holding breath on summer's night
Herald sweet embrace
Lull of night assaults the air
Silence falls onward
Day 29 (Dedicated to my sister, Rhonda)
Stories told reckless
Snake in grass drinks life's essence
Tea's brewing. "Morning!"
Black Racer in the grass.
Armies march hungry
Paradise blossoms once more
Sunshine beams brightly
I fell in love with poetry at a young age and, from time to time, dabbled in writing some myself.
The clock has past midnight , and it May 1st, so the Haiku challenge has officially ended.
Thank you to everyone who participated. I have enjoyed reading your works, although I may not have commented on everyone. However, although the challenge is over, I am sure I will get around to commenting on several more, so that we can keep the conversation going.
Now I am off to engage in another challenge: The Lupus Awareness Challenge. It is May 1st, which is the first day of Lupus Awareness Month.
See you around.
© 2017 Gina Welds
Gina Welds (author) from Tampa, Florida on February 19, 2021:
Thank you! I'm thinking of doing another one this year! I didn't do one in 2020. Care to join me on this challenge?
Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 22, 2020:
Incredible haikus and very nice challenge....
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 08, 2017:
Gina, your haiku are absolutely stunning! Great job, my friend!
Gina Welds (author) from Tampa, Florida on April 07, 2017:
Hi, Audrey. Thank you. It's been great doing this challenge. Can't wait to see what else comes up.
Audrey Howitt from California on April 06, 2017:
Day 5 is particularly beautiful!
Gina Welds (author) from Tampa, Florida on April 06, 2017:
Hi, Ruby. Thanks for visiting. I am having the same problem with what seems like auto-unfollowing. I'm not sure what is going in with HP.
Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the haiku. I stopped your page earlier, also. April is so inspiring, isn't it? Looking forward to reading more of your poetry.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 06, 2017:
Your haiku poetry is beautiful. I checked to see if I was following you and I wasn't. I know that I was following you, I don't know what happened? I checked follow again on your profile site. I love all types of poetry. I also liked that you explained the technique..
Gina Welds (author) from Tampa, Florida on April 06, 2017:
Hi Venkatachari. Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. Ms. Dora, it is always good to see you. I'm glad you've enjoyed the haiku so far. I add to this hub daily. Thanks again for visiting.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 02, 2017:
Thanks for the explanation on the haiku form of poetry. I've read some beautiful verses, including yours, on HubPages. Thanks!
Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 02, 2017:
Very much nice and entertaining. Your both haikus are good and appealing. The information provided about haiku is also very useful for other aspiring writers. A good challenge is undertaken by you. Wish you best of luck.
Gina Welds (author) from Tampa, Florida on April 02, 2017:
Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind words. Shannon, I did not see the ants until I had downloaded the photo from my camera. I was pleased with the result. Janis, I would love to have you join me. Even if you don't write one a day, just a few would be an achievement. Haikus are not as simple to write as they seem.
RTalloni, I would love to give you a shout-out in my article by posting your haiku posted in the comments. I love it!
RTalloni on April 01, 2017:
So I doubt I'll do one a day, but here's one for now:
Bees buzz busily,
Sun shines bright rays on flowers,
Day ends quietly.
Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on April 01, 2017:
This was a lovely and very informative read. I've never tried a traditional Haiku. Reading your hub made me want to try. Thanks for your inspiration and enthusiasm, Gina, about National Poetry Month.
Shannon Henry from Texas on April 01, 2017:
I love that you gave background information along with your own work, especially for those who may choose to participate in your challenge with you. I also like the picture of the milkweed. You can see the ants are enjoying it as much as you are. Great start to your challenge. Spring is the perfect subject matter.
Audrey Howitt from California on April 01, 2017:
Beautiful job and great descriptions.