This week’s theme for our poetry challenge is a haiku written by Sue Vincent:
clouds cover the moon, beyond dawn's pale horizon sun rises unseen ©2020 Sue Vincent
The idea is to use Sue’s haiku as inspiration for your own syllabic poetry. Remember, in this challenge we can use any of the following poetry forms:
Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Renga, Solo-Renga, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma
silver mist conceals shadows of past and present cleansed by icy rain ©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro
Let’s Talk About Haiku
HAIKU IN ENGLISH: Traditional Haiku in English is written in three lines with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line: 5/7/5, for a total of seventeen syllables written in the present tense.
Haiku do not rhyme, nor do they contain metaphors and similes. The use of an implied metaphor is acceptable.
The current standards for creating Haiku in English suggest a form with three lines and syllables of 3/5/3 (11 syllables). Even the more abbreviated haiku version with three lines and syllables of 2/3/2 (7 syllables) is now thought of more favorably than the traditional 5/7/5 format. Hybrid haiku are written with seventeen-syllables in one or more lines.
Most haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of awareness with the reader.
There is often a seasonal word used to explain the time of year, called a kigo, which is a seasonal description, such as: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and New Year’s. There should only be one kigo per haiku. It’s up to the poet to decide if they want to include a kigo in their poem.
Most haiku do not contain titles.
The use of punctuation is optional in the creation of the haiku.
Three or more haiku written together are considered a series or sequence.
Want to write syllabic poetry? Join me every Tuesday at Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry.