Head tall, seeing all
feather sheen in black and green
Strut, strut, pause---Rooster!
Calm gray silence breaks
A distant rooster crowing
Dawn sun rises
Clear sky, bright white sun
Brisk wind biting my cheeks and nose
Winter is still here.
Run to the woodstove!
Shivering from outdoor cold
Then I'm warm again.
Puffs of frosty breath
Ice caps on barnyard buckets
Robins heading north
Spring, yet not spring. Birds
twitter and chirp; winter lurks
behind the north wind.
Frost on the rooftops
Sun rises over pale blue
A warm day promise
Crisp brown crunch beneath
soft gray paws. Pause. Green eyes fixed,
tail whips — wren beware!
Drip speckled cat coat
wet paw prints on hardwood floor
it’s raining again
Scolding chickadee ignored
cat on a mission
My husband gave me a very nice journal for Christmas. Since I use my homesteading blog as a record-keeping journal, I want to do something special with this gift. I would like to try something more creative thought I’d like to learn how to write haiku.
The following notes are from writing websites: Masterclass, The Writing Cooperative, Shadow Poetry, and The Write Practice. These will serve as my guidelines. I’m sure there are finer points, but this is my start. It’s enough for now and I hope to take in more as I practice the art.
What is it? A traditional Japanese form of poetry. It contains three lines of 17 syllables: 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, 5 in the third, describing a single moment in the present tense.
Traditional themes. Seasonal nature themes.
Traditional structure. Two parts:
- the first line describes the setting (often as a sentence fragment)
- the second part describes the subject and action (often as a phrase).
Contains a kigo, which is a word that places the haiku in a particular season.
Frequently uses a kireji or “cutting word,” i.e. a word that creates a pause or break in the rhythm. A common feature in traditional haiku, it is often used to juxtapose two images.
Typically, does not contain similes and metaphors.
How to write
- Choose a subject. Observe with your senses. Note small details. Describe in simple terms.
- Use short phrases that evoke strong images. Consider a kigo.
- Use a kireji to break the rhythm. Punctuate as needed to clarify.
So that’s my challenge to myself for 2020. It’s not a resolution, just something I’d like to do. I don’t know if I’ll post them all here, but probably at least a few of them from time to time.