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Haiku on Love: Written For Lovers, Ex-Lovers and the In-Betweeo

Cynthia - a freelance writer and amateur photographer believing in the power of words, the magic of storytelling in poetry, prose or photos.

Surprisingly, given its brevity, a haiku love poem can effectively portray the vagaries - the ups and downs - of that emotion called love. Love is a mystery the everyone seems intent on mastering. It seems to be in our DNA, that need to connect with another person on a deep level. Haiku love poems are also a mystery that must be mastered. How do you portray such a complex emotion as love, in all its stages, with so few words that is the makeup of haiku and still have your audience understand the words and have a visceral, emotional reaction to those words?

Well executed haiku can express in a few words the ebb and flow of relationships, the highs and lows of love found and love lost. Haiku poems originated in Japan in the early 1800s and are short 17 syllable expressions typically written about emotions or nature. The syllables are written in 5-7-5 order and can be one word or a combination of words that make up the 5-7-5 order.

It is not necessary to rhyme haiku, although some haiku may rhyme. That could be accidental rather than by the design of the poet.

Since there are so few words that are used in haiku poetry, the initial thought is that it would be quite easy to write haiku and a breeze to write haiku love poems. In fact, the opposite is true. The sheer brevity, the limited number of words that can be used, is a challenge for anyone who writes.

Writing haiku can be compared to a collapsing star - a supernova: you must capture an explosion of words, then harness that energy of thought and collapse it into the least amount of space. Thoughts should be expressive, portray a sense of beauty, regardless of the subject, and thoughts must be concise. In a world where words fly about like meteors on a clear night, it's not an easy feat.

Here are a few haiku love poems that follows the course of love in few words. Enjoy and share!


In the Beginning

I ask for nothing.

You wait, warm lips inviting.

Eyes dart to raindrops.


Softly

Caribbean breeze

caresses smoldering hearts.

Lovers field of dreams.


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You

You only, hold me

Wrapped in love forever 'til

Love flies free like birds.


Trade Winds

Vanilla trade winds

Carrying the scents of love

Wafting through windows.


Maybe

Cold winds send shivers

Sunset melting into night.

Moonlit dreams haunt me.



Coldly

Sun shone so coldly.

Sadly, there was you and me

Going up in flames.


Deja 'Vu

You are deja 'vu,

When forced to watch you go

With my heart bled dry.


Empty

Heart in transit now

Still not knowing where to turn,

Empty with no you.


Ending

So cold and alone,

Feels like a lover's cliché.

Moonlight won't warm me.



© 2012 Cynthia B Turner

Comments

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 13, 2013:

Hi, Oh I'm so glad you like the Haiku. I wanted to write about the phases of love in as few words as possible and still convey the magnitude of love. I hope I've done that.

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Take care.

Jen Card on January 12, 2013:

Beautiful work of art. I love how you put a collection together like that. Very well put together Haiku. Thank you for sharing!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on October 17, 2012:

Thank you, thank you for such kind words. I am so pleased you think so highly of my work. Read on anytime. Take care.

Mohan Kumar from UK on October 16, 2012:

These are a sterling example of the genre as everyone of yours here I read- I feel the emotion, sense the setting and see the scene. It takes some talent to be so evocative in 17 syllables and that is exactly what you have doen here... beautiful!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on August 26, 2012:

Thank you, thank you for such positive words about my haiku! i know that whatever you write is done so expertly. I know your haiku will be "par excellence," as well. Take care and have a creative day.

epigramman on August 25, 2012:

..not a big fan of the Haiku poetry genre but you make them like art and in three epic lines you talk the talk and walk the walk so I am starting to appreciate Haikus more because you write them so well - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 9:22pm

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on August 25, 2012:

Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment and voting up.

ignugent17 on August 25, 2012:

Very interesting haiku. I like the "You" haiku . Voted up and more!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2012:

Hi Ryan, I'm happy you found these entertaining and took time to leave a comment. Appreciated.

Ryan McGill from Omaha, NE on August 17, 2012:

I really enjoyed these Cyndi. These were all welll done in my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for taking a read and leaving a comment.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on May 27, 2012:

Nicve, Cyndi. I like deja vu

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 04, 2012:

Hello Starstream, Thank you so much for the approval of what I wrote. I find that Haiku takes some thought for me to achieve the simplicity of the writing and still convey the complexity of the thought.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on April 04, 2012:

Nice touch with your love haiku. It reminds us that simplicity sometimes says it best. I voted it up.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 03, 2012:

Thank you so much for such very kind words! I really appreciate you reading and taking the time to leave such positive comments, especially since I think your work is so great.

Annie Fenn from Australia on April 03, 2012:

Having just tried Haiku for the first time, I am thinking I should have come here for lessons first - your haiku are just beautiful, absolutly love "trade winds" and "maybe". Thank you for showing me how it should be done.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 03, 2012:

Hello, Thanks for taking a look. Glad you liked what you read. Thank you so much for sharing!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 03, 2012:

Beautifully done Cyndi, wonderful poetry - voted up/awesome and sharing.

Best wishes Lesley

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on March 25, 2012:

Hello Katrine, I think you will find Haiku can become addictive. You find yourself thinking of ways to reduce your thoughts to what I call "the lowest common denominator." Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

KatrineDalMonte on March 24, 2012:

Hi Cyndi, I'm only just starting to explore poetry, and Haiku is something new to me. It's interesting how much can be said in a few words. Well done.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on March 06, 2012:

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop in and read my offering. I really appreciate the compliment!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on March 06, 2012:

I love the sequence of Haiku and the flowing story. Wonderful; just as so many other Hubbers have chimed in to tell you.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 27, 2012:

Thank you so much for reading. I'm even happier you enjoyed them!

Ruchira from United States on February 27, 2012:

Wow Cyndi.

I loved it. You covered 3 arenas beautifully.

Voted up as beautiful indeed :)

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 27, 2012:

Thank you so much for the compliment and for sharing! They are tricky to write. Trying to condense your thoughts into such a tight little package and have it convey meaning, seem almost the antithesis of a writer.

Brett C from Asia on February 27, 2012:

These are tricky to master, but you have clearly been practicing ... nicely written and some interesting imagery.

Thanks for SHARING.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 25, 2012:

Hello, I'm so glad you liked this collection. I was inspired by the holiday, but wanted to see it through the cycle of a relationship. Thank you for reading and voting up.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on February 25, 2012:

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful Cyndi. Great collection of poetry and raw emotion in every word.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 23, 2012:

I love it when you read my work. I'm doubly happy when you say you like it. Thanks so much for reading and yes I will join your FB group since I love both the movie and music ...when I get that FB page:-)

epigramman on February 22, 2012:

....not such a big fan of the Haiku form - for the epi-man it's too restraining for his scope and imagination - lol lol - but when you put them together so artfully I absolutely love it - will post this wonderful grouping to my FB page with a direct link back here - and I have started a new FB group called LET'S JUST TALK MUSIC OR CINEMA - I would love for you to join if you're interested - my name is Colin Stewart with the same profile photo and the group title can clicked for a link - lake erie time 12:09am sending you warm wishes and good energy

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2012:

I appreciate you stopping in and reading my Haiku. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a such a positive comment.

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on February 22, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your "Haiku for lovers," beautiful writing and nice collection.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2012:

Oh yeah, I thought as much. Anyway, goes well with the haiku. Hope your day is going well! Be sure to visit again!

Curiad on February 21, 2012:

Hi again Cyndi, All I said was Good day, How are you?

:)

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 21, 2012:

Curiad, Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! My brother has taken Japanese. so I'll have to ask him what you said :-).

Curiad on February 21, 2012:

Hello Cyndi,How are you? (Konichi Wa, Ikaga Desu Ka?)

I enjoyed your Haiku very much, the flow from beginning to end and the individual messages.

Voted up.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 14, 2012:

Hello James, Thank you for taking the time to read these. I'm so glad you like them! I appreciate you sharing them on Valentine's Day.

JamesPoppell on February 14, 2012:

I have never heard of this form or poetry (Haiku). This is a beautiful, well written poem. Thank you for SHARING

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2012:

Hello Audrey, Thank you so much for commenting and enjoying the haiku. It means a lot to me when others like what I've written.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2012:

I'm so glad you stopped to read and comment. Even better that you enjoyed the haiku. Thanks so much.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2012:

Beautifully written. I really like how you've gone from the beginning with all of your emotions to the sad end.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 10, 2012:

This whole cycle is beautifully done--you are a very visual poet--nice!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 08, 2012:

Hello Alastar, Thank you so much for that positive comment. I appreciate you reading and enjoying my haiku. They are addictive.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 08, 2012:

Cyndi I've read many different ways poets have done their haiku's and yours is unique with each haiku bringing forth feelings & images of all three situations superbly.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 08, 2012:

Glad to have your comments, Raciniwa. I hoped you would take a look at them. Thanks so much.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on February 08, 2012:

love the combination of all the emotions here Cyndi...well captured...

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for taking a look.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 06, 2012:

these are so nice a wonderful little collection Cyndi10

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

Hey Sky, Put a stamp on them and send them off! Thanks so much for taking a look. With your talent, I'm so glad you thought these to be good.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 06, 2012:

Hi Vinaya, Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my Haiku. I'm pleased you enjoyed them.

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on February 05, 2012:

I am left in "awe" Cyndi. There are your cards and I am open as a sales man . They are all very nice and because I am familiar with the Caribbean , I already feel the breeze.

Thanks for a very enjoyable read with great memories.

Bless.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 05, 2012:

"In the Beginning" is captivating.

Softly is soothing.

Empty is beautiful.

Ending is perfect.

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