Today’s prompt is to write a Haiku inspired by what you can see from the nearest window to you right now.
You might think Haiku are easy because they’re short… well they’re short, but I’m not sure they’re easy! In fact I’ve always been scared about trying them so I look forward to experimenting with you!
Haiku are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries.
Writing a Haiku:
- In English, Haiku tend to have three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables and the third line has five syllables (though some people prefer to write Haiku with fewer syllables that can be expressed in one breath).
- A Haiku usually juxtaposes two ideas separated by a line break, punctuation or space.
- Haiku use sensory language – they tend to describe rather than explain. Paint a picture with your words.
You can find some examples to inspire you here.
Feel free to interpret the brief as you see fit. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please paste your poem below in the comments either in its entirety, as a link or both. Take a moment to read what other people have come up with too and to leave an encouraging comment for them if you have time.
In addition to providing a daily prompt, I highlight a poem each day written by one of you. Please help to be my eyes and ears by letting me know if you read (or write) a poem that especially inspires you.
Happy reading, happy writing -and if you do write, don’t forget to post your poem in the comments below so we can all enjoy it.
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