Day 21 – Fragrant Haiku

22 Jan


I love haiku poetry. It requires focus and pure concentration. It’s precise and economical too – in terms of words. Being a traditional form of Japanese poetry, you might expect haiku to be elegant. And it is. Haiku is often linked to nature and in particular, the seasons. Kids love writing them too. I find it’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing first thing in the morning. Filling up a blank page can feel confronting but writing a 17 syllabel poem? It seems possible and then before you know it, you are up and on your way.

A traditional Haiku poem is made up of three lines:

  •      The first line is 5 syllables
  •      The second line is 7 syllables
  •      The third line is 5 syllables

Here is one of my favourites:

A gentle breeze blows

taking the smell of a rose

along for the ride

(Author Unknown)


The watercolour at the top of the post is from a blog called Teri’s Painted Daisies – lots of beautiful paintings and quirky sketches to be found here. Plenty of inspiration if you feel like having a go at writing your own haiku.

Here’s another from this blog…




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