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What's the Appeal of Haiku?

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

Traditional haiku often has nature as the theme.

Traditional haiku often has nature as the theme.

What Is the Appeal of Haiku?

What is it about Japanese haiku that makes it so appealing to some and so difficult for others? There are versions of haiku. The traditional form is most widely attempted by poets. It appeals because of the challenge of considering your subject in nature and finding the most concise way to convey your thought to the reader while maintaining your thoughts' integrity.

The difficulty exists for the same reasons: writers are lovers of words. To reduce thoughts to its lowest common denominator, the least number of words and still express the thought, is a challenge that many poets don't care to undertake.

Haiku, the Japanese poetry first originating in the late1800s/early 1900s, can be an addictive form of writing and poetic expression. Haiku often has elements of nature throughout, usually with a seasonal focus. Japanese haiku requires the writer to condense his or her thoughts to 17 syllables, arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern of 3 verses.

However, haiku can be an enjoyable challenge as you must embrace the discipline of truly collecting your thoughts and presenting them efficiently, still retaining the beauty of the words while conveying the essential elements of the subject.


To the Creative Minds at Hubpages

The following haiku are dedicated to all the creative individuals at Hubpages, a unique group, forming a community thriving on words, art and photography.

The topics found at Hubpages are nearly limitless. The voices and styles are as unique as the hubbers. The haiku dedicated here are nontraditional in form because they are written about these special people, not about nature, as are traditional haiku.

Across all mediums, the writer, the photographer, the artist wants you to understand and to enjoy their efforts, regardless of the form their art takes. Consider these my tribute in haiku to you.

Relax and enjoy the sounds of Nature as you read.

Haiku Tribute to Hubpages Writers


Words blocked until,

Gazing at the sunset's ebb,

Words flow like waterfalls.




That aha! moment

When words wink, then burn brightly,

like fireworks filling voids.



Fireworks, explosions of thought. A representation of hubbers.

Fireworks, explosions of thought. A representation of hubbers.

Penned by lovers

Words softly caress each page

Sad then gay, in turns.



Even as we dance,

Bold words fly across white pages,

Leaping from our minds.


Anxiously we wait

For the Muse to seal our fate.

The brush, the pen to speak.



Idle pen: writer's instrument of torture.

Idle pen: writer's instrument of torture.

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© 2012 Cynthia B Turner

Comments

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 22, 2015:

Hi Bobbi, Thank you so much for reading and, most of all, enjoying this! I really appreciate the feedback from you. Thank you for sharing. Take care! Cyndi

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 22, 2015:

You make me smile. Thanks so much Frank. Stay warm!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on January 22, 2015:

Hi Cyndi10,

Thanks for writing such a beautiful poem---it was my first this morning with my coffee. I will think of this all day.

Bobbi Purvis

I will share with Twitter and pin on my re-pin board at Pinterest.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 22, 2015:

still amazing after all these years :)

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

Hello Michael, Thank you so much for voting up and sharing! I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a creative week.

Micheal from United Kingdom on July 21, 2012:

Hello Cyndi10,

I am sure a lot of hubbers will relate to this haiku.

Words blocked until,

Gazing at the sunset's ebb,

Words flow like waterfalls

It's me to a tee. For sure.

Voting up and all the right buttons. Sharing.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on June 20, 2012:

Hello Christy, Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 19, 2012:

Oh yes, we hubbers know that 'aha' moment you write about :) A great tribute to hubbers that I must share!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2012:

Hi lshwaryaa22, I'm so glad you liked the haiku. You are so correct. The writers here are so gifted. I appreciate being a part of the community. Thank you so much for voting and sharing! Enjoy the weekend.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 16, 2012:

A well-versed haiku! A befitting tribute to a community of gifted writers! You are not only a very good writer but also a good poet! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful. Voted up

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2012:

Hello Doctor, thank you so much for the favorable comment!

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

Hi Sue, Thanks so much for reading and enjoying. It's a wonderful way to start my day.

Sueswan on May 20, 2012:

Hi Cyndi

Love your haikus

Especially

"That aha! moment

When words wink and burn brightly,

fireworks filling voids."

I can so relate.

Voted up and away!

Take care :)

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 20, 2012:

Hello Angelo, Thank you so much for your positive comment!

Angelo52 on May 19, 2012:

Very cool and inspiring.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 19, 2012:

Hello rajan, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to let me know that you like my work. I appreciate that!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 18, 2012:

Beautiful and so alive. Good job.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 18, 2012:

Hi Christy, Glad you enjoyed the Haiku for Hubbers. The haiku are fun, aren't they? Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 18, 2012:

I like the Haiku and have written a few myself. I like that you tailored yours for Hubbers! Well done.

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

Hi there, from what I see of your writing, the words seem to flow pretty good. Thanks so much for reading and for the compliment!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on May 17, 2012:

How beautiful! and how I wish to find the inspiration that would make "words flow like waterfalls". At best all I get is a drip, as if from a leaking tap.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2012:

Hello SanneL, I appreciate your comment about my haiku. Thank you so much for taking a look!

SanneL from Sweden on May 16, 2012:

Wonderful work! Your haiku's are just lovely.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 13, 2012:

Hi Snowdrops, It was my pleasure!!! Thank you for leaving the comment.

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on May 13, 2012:

Thank for this Cyn!! Very beautiful haiku! voted up and all.

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

Hi Suzette, Thanks so much for taking a look at Haiku for Hubbers. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and took the time to leave a comment.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 08, 2012:

This is absolutely wonderful haiku, Cyndi. And the photos that go with it are wonderful also. I really enjoyed reading this and can relate to your thoughts and images so well. Bravo!!!

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

Hi rahul, glad you liked my tribute. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 04, 2012:

The perfect haikus for Hubbers :)

Great work

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

Thank you so much for taking a look and taking the time to leave such nice compliments.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on May 03, 2012:

This was truly special. Thanks so much for dedicating it to us (hubbers).

The rose and notebook photo is stunning.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

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

Hello Susan, Thank you so much for leaving such a comment.

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

Hi, I'm so glad you like the haiku. All of you gave me the inspiration. I enjoy yours and so many others writing. It feels like the talent is endless. Thank you for sharing and for your kind comment!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2012:

Beautiful haiku!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on May 03, 2012:

Very nice haiku - from one hubber to another - I can definitely relate. Thanks for the beautiful words. Shared, up and awesome!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 24, 2012:

From one haiku lover to another, thank you so much for looking at mine and taking the time to comment!

Angelme566 on April 24, 2012:

superb haiku you got..!

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

Writing haiku are fun. Thanks for taking a look at mine. Glad you liked them.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 22, 2012:

I love doing haiku, and I love reading haiku.

Yours are lovely compositions.

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

Yep, it's about the words. Thanks for voting up. Oh, I left a comment at your hub about Get the Most Comments. It looks like you're having a great day!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 21, 2012:

It's all about words, isn't it, for hubbers? Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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

Hi, thank you for the feedback. Hubbers are special, my small way of saying I appreciate the company of the creative and gifted.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 21, 2012:

Fabulous Haiku's Cyndi! A well done hubber tibute!!

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

Annie, you are an expert at caressing those pages!! Thank you for the comments and for sharing.

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

Hello Freya, I'm so glad you thought them beautiful. Thank you so much.

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

Hello Vellur, Thank you so much for taking the time to read the verses and to vote!

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

Audrey, I do appreciate that from you!

Annie Fenn from Australia on April 21, 2012:

Oh Cyndi, your haiku are just awesome and so relevant, every one of us can relate. How good is it when those words do "softly caress each page". Now that is music to my ears. Your haiku is inspiring, thank you. My votes, best wishes and sharing!!

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on April 20, 2012:

beautiful haiku. Thank you for the thought, Cindy.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 20, 2012:

Excellent Haiku verses. Voted up and beautiful.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 20, 2012:

These are stunning--beautifully done!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 18, 2012:

Hello Ruchira, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading. As you know very well, this is a special place at Hubpages, filled with some pretty special, talented people. All of the talent is inspiring, yours included. Thanks for commenting.

Ruchira from United States on April 17, 2012:

great haiku Cyndi. You spoke all our hubbers mind via this beautiful haiku....cheers!

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

Hi Raciniwa, Glad you liked them. Thanks for leaving a comment.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on April 16, 2012:

way to go...this is a great haiku...

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 16, 2012:

Hi Caroline, thank you so much for the vote up.

Caroline Marie on April 15, 2012:

All of them are great. Voted up. :)

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

Movie Master, thanks for sharing!

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

So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 14, 2012:

Fabulous, fabulous haiku's, I love them all!

Voted up and shared.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 13, 2012:

Hi Katrine, Thanks for taking a look!

KatrineDalMonte on April 13, 2012:

Cyndi, Haiku is interesting because in just a few words you can paint a big picture. Thank you.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 13, 2012:

Hi Eddy, Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it.

Eiddwen from Wales on April 13, 2012:

Truly great Haiku poetry.

Take care and I look forward to many more by you.

Eddy.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 13, 2012:

I love that "our little hubbing hearts." Thanks for reading.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on April 13, 2012:

Beautifully executed haiku that expresses our little hubbing hearts.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

Couldn't find a worthier group. There's a lot of talent and dedication at Hubpages. It shows in the writing.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

Quite a journey it is. Thank you for the compliment.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

I'm so glad you enjoyed these. We know those words aren't quite that easy, but sometimes we get in the zone and then.... Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment for me.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad you took the time to read them and leave a comment.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:

Hello Frank, Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed reading them. This is a really special group here. Just wanted to pay homage.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on April 12, 2012:

You wrote a beautiful poem for writers, thank you, Joyce.

I'll have to save it and read more in to it later.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2012:

Love it! Great job of capturing the writing journey!

Mary Craig from New York on April 12, 2012:

What a lovely haiku tribute! Would that words did flow like waterfalls. Your haiku makes it all sound so easy and flowing. Loved it. Voted up and beautiful.

win-winresources from Colorado on April 12, 2012:

Hi Cyndi10-

Indeed, Hubpages is blessed with several talented Haiku voices. Yours high among them.

-DW

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 12, 2012:

Cyndi they are all simply amazing :) Frank