Artwork by Oana Befort
Haiku poems are a traditional form of Japanse poetry. They are short poems that are typically written about nature. The key to writing a Haiku poem hides in the syllables. It is made up of 17 total syllables; five in the first and third lines and seven in the middle line. Below are two samples.
Dressed in sweet flowers
she ran through clear open woods
spreading laughter, cheer.
Snowflakes dance in air
falling gently from the sky
casting a white glow.
Now it’s your turn to write a Haiku poem. Remember, your poem should be divided into three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Think of your words as a camera. You want to try and capture a “snapsot” of the small details on the subject you are writing on. Open your eyes. Look around you. Look out your window. What do you see? Write down the details and turn that into a haiku poem.
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz // Yellow Finch