Ron supplies the prompt words and we take it from there. This week the words are “lift and plan.” Did you ever wonder how I write a haiku?
The structure is quite distinct. There are three lines. The first line must have five syllables, the second line must have seven syllables, and the last line must contain another five syllables. Sound easy?
I do have some tools of the trade that I use for composing my haiku. I like to use Word for my composing. I type each of the words out and then use the Thesaurus to play with the meanings.
Lift = boost, kick, high, buzz, revitalization, tonic, encouragement, raise, elevate, steal, pinch plagiarise, flitch, take, pocket, nick, revoke, cancel, relax, rescind, repeal, lighten, brighten, elate, and uplift.
Plan = strategy, idea, proposal, plot, design, disposition, organization, blueprint, scheme, diagram, map, table, chart, sketch, graph, arrangement, preparation, arrange, design, organize, form, formulate, shape, fashion, plot, conceive, mold, intend, propose, and design.
Look at all the word choices you have! Pick the words with the least amount of syllables. 😀
I am going to use “boost” for lift, and “design” for plan. Now I go to How Many Syllables.com and visit the poetry workshop to write my haiku. This site will actually count the syllables for you.
Your haiku should make sense by using the first two sentences and then using the middle sentence along with the last sentence. Here is an example using my haiku below:
An on the spot boost as spring is under design.
As spring is under design mountain snows fall deep.
Then, to make my haiku a true work of art, I go to picmonkey.com and upload my photo. I add the text and frame it.
Here is what I came up with:
An on the spot boost –
as spring is under design,
mountain snows fall deep.
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.