Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Haiku

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which traditionally have seventeen sylables and a seasonal reference. (The picture is of a Japanese anemone which flowers in my garden every autumn)

Don't know about you
but I simply cannot do
a decent haiku

If you can do better (or worse - I'd like to see that!) then you might like to try this competition. There's a £25 first prize.

This publication are looking for submissions of short poetry. They don't pay though.



21 comments:

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    1. It does sound like a very ladylike sneeze, R Mac. (unlike my own sneezes which apparently are quite alarming)

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  2. A perfectly formed Haiku, 5, 7, 5. I shall have a go at this. Thanks Patsy.

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    1. The form is OK, Maggie. It's the words I'm not so sure about.

      Yes, do have a go!

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  3. I'm afraid I don't
    See the point of haikus.
    I never have done.

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    1. Oops. One syllable short. So I can't even write a very bad one!

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  4. Lovely flower - you're clearly better at gardening than at haiku, though yours is clever!

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    1. I agree - I'm much better at gardening, Lizy.

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  5. I used to write a lot of short poetry (mainly quatrain verse) and I've tried a few haikus. Funny, I consider myself a story writer but I started off my writing life with a few published poems.

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    1. Odd how we identify with one particular form, style or genre even when we write in others, MJ.

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  6. Thanks, Patsy. Unlike Frances, I love Haiku so this prompted me to have a go and sent it off. No hope of winning but enjoyed the challenge!

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    1. I rather like them too, Jan. They can be very beautiful (not the ones I write obviously!)

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    2. windflower
      the breeze through
      her tresses

      NB Japanese anemone also know as windflower.

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    3. Lovely, Grace.

      Appropriate for today's weather too - my enamones have plenty of wing through theor tresses this morning!

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  7. Thanks for this link, Patsy. But when I used it, the site thought I was you - it might be worth logging out and then updating the link in your post! I'm sure you don't want us lot masquerading as you!

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    1. That's odd, Sally. I wouldn't mind you masquerading if it won me a prize, but I'd better log out in case it stops you having a go yourself.

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  8. Thanks, Patsy,

    I have dealt with Poem Pigeon before and have read some really dreadful poems on there which have had fantastic comments, and they only seem to choose haiku written in 5/7/5 as comp winners. No serious haikuist writes to such restrictions now.

    It was great rto catch up with you again, married lady!!!

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    1. You trying to say I'm not serious, Grace?

      Yeah, OK. Fair point.

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  9. As you know, Patsy, I'm a haikuphile!

    Oh dear, that's me out of the running then, Grace as I didn't do 5-7-5!

    I notice a few people adding an 's' to make haiku plural - it's still haiku :)

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    1. They're like cacti then, Marion? Hard to handle ... and with the not needing and for the plurals too.

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