New Form: The Pareiku, from Auroras & Blossoms

The Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal has created a new poetry form called the pareiku.

The word “pareiku” combines two concepts:

  • ‘pareidolia’ – the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.
  • ‘-ku’ – a tribute to Japanese poetry forms like the haiku and tanka.

The rules to create this form are quite simple:

  1. Link together two seemingly unrelated images as one via a 19-syllable poem.
  2. The poem must have a title and follow the 7-5-7 syllable pattern. Punctuation is optional.
  3. The two images can feature the same or different types of visual art. But you must own copyrights / have permission from the artist(s) to use those images. And credits are required at the end of your piece.
  4. Pareiku are meant to be positive / inspirational and family-friendly. So no erotica and no swear words allowed.

Learn more about the form here: Pareiku

Image by bertvthul from Pixabay

The pathway through the darkness
replete with dangers—
often leads us to the light

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Join me every Tuesday on for the Tanka Tuesday Syllabic Poetry Challenge.

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at Her author blog is found at where you will find her poetry and short stories.

28 thoughts on “New Form: The Pareiku, from Auroras & Blossoms”

      1. I don’t think it’s too pink and feel it is a soothing color. I’ve always used colors because I feel it sets the tone for my blog plus I have fun and feel creative. 💖

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  1. Hope you add this to your growing collection 🙂
    (For all of us that is). Reminds me a little bit of a hagia. I suppose you could put the verse on the image especially if the image is your own.

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