March 26, 2010

Do you Haiku?

The first time I wrote a haiku I was in the 4th grade at First Presbyterian Day School. I'm almost positive that my teacher gave me a colored piece of paper in the shape of a leaf and instructed our entire class to compose a 3 line poem about fall. I've always been fascinated by haikus--simple, and to the point--they are the ancient Japanese version of twitter.

I enjoy the challenge of making thoughts and feelings fit into a concise space. Since I love organization and being neat, haikus are just my style--organized by a certain number of syllables and neatly placed on three lines. Ah, if only life were always that simple! They also don't have to make perfect sense and they can be about any subject. They can be funny, sad, silly, serious or weird.

The snow is now gone
Time to ride my bike around
Look out for that bus!

I would encourage you to write your own haiku--it can be about anything! If you want to share it with the world, post it as a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Let me begin by informing those who are less versed in the art of "haikuing", the format for the haiku is built on a 5-7-5 pattern. Meaning the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7, and the final line is 5 again. That said, I dedicate this syllabic masterpiece to Kitty Penn herself:

    Sunday will be fun
    Masters, eggs, and the whole crew
    Oh, the orphan life.

    This is addicting.

    Cooper likes Aunt Em
    He is gnawing on his bone.
    Cooper should haiku.

    Emily is clearly better at this haikuing business. But I just had to try!


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