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

Can do better? (or worse - I'd like to see that!) 



21 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

haiku

Bless you.

Maggie May said...

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

Frances Garrood said...

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

Frances Garrood said...

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

lizy-expat-writer said...

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

M J Francis said...

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.

Jan Baynham said...

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!

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Yes, do have a go!

Patsy said...

You were very close, Frances.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Grace said...

windflower
the breeze through
her tresses

NB Japanese anemone also know as windflower.

Patsy said...

Lovely, Grace.

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Patsy said...

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.

Grace said...

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!!!

Anonymous said...

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 :)

Patsy said...

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

Yeah, OK. Fair point.

Patsy said...

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