I love haiku. They are one of my favorite syllabic forms to write. This haiku is written for #TankaTuesday and the specific form challenge.

Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. In haiku, your subject will always be about nature.

The use of a kigo (season word) is optional for this challenge. However, traditionally, a haiku must include kigo (season words) and a kireji (cutting word).

There is no exact equivalent of kireji in English. The kireji (or pivot) should supply structural support to the verse. At the end of a verse, it provides an ending, completing the verse with a heightened sense of closure. That is why it is often called an “a-ha moment.” The pivot connects the two images in an unusual way. When writing haiku, we should create two independent thoughts that compare or contrast.

Bring the images down to the barest of information. That is the brevity we always talk about. Use simple, and plain descriptive language.

Haiku does not deal with generalizations. Haiku is not philosophical; they are stark, disciplined, and to the point. The idea is to capture a mindful moment in time and memorialize it with your words.

When you create haiku, think in images. We’re creating a haiku with two images that connect in some strange way.

a bright night—
shadows of wet snow
veil the street

© Colleen M. Chesebro

This haiku shares two images: a bright night, and the shadows of wet snow. You know how bright a night can look when the moon shines with snow on the ground. The contrast is the wet snow or gray slush. It looks like shadows on the street. The slush veils the street, not completely covering it. It’s the contrast between the two images, light and dark, that is memorable.

That is how simple it is to write a haiku. Take two images, compare or contract them, and find that pivot line to make us remember your haiku.