Poetry Prompt – A Haiku from your Window

Write a Haiku inspired by what you can see from your window

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:

  1. 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).
  2. A Haiku usually juxtaposes two ideas separated by a line break, punctuation or space.
  3. 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.

Today’s highlighted poem features on the blog Kiana Donae Poetry and was inspired by day one’s prompt – to write a poem to your teenage self: Advocating to the Teenage Me

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.

My prompts are daily but you can join in as frequently or as infrequently as you like and are welcome to revisit old prompts.  Please encourage your friends to join in too.  You can also follow the prompts on Facebook.

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42 Responses to Poetry Prompt – A Haiku from your Window

  1. Pingback: A Haiku from my window | Always Chum Poetry

  2. Charlie Alford says:

    Outside my window today:

    pit pat pit pat pit
    white sparkles fall from grey clouds
    winter is coming

    ( http://wp.me/pC97a-97 )

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  3. My effort Pooky:

    a cold wind blowing
    winters introduction blasts
    shivering inside

    washing quickly dries
    upon us is Autumn’s breath
    slippers and warm socks

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I’m in the wrong spot, but loved your poem to the teenage you. So true, you always hit the mark!! 🙂


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  6. jfb57 says:

    For some reason, it jumped out at me. Not sure I have all the technicalities though!



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  8. CC Champagne says:

    So happy you highlighted Kiana’s poetry, she is amazing! Here’s my attempt at a haiku: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/miracle-of-spring-haiku/


  9. C.J. Black says:

    Sitting on her nest
    The tom cat is on the prowl
    Scrambled eggs perhaps

    Liked by 1 person

  10. wbdeejay says:

    I wrote two. One to address the window view and the other inspired by today’s experiences. (link has images and further explanations).


  11. Tulip hearts are closed
    But simply resting until
    They feel the sun’s warmth


    Liked by 2 people

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I love haiku and each Thursday I write one for my lazy poet post!


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  16. colonialist says:

    Rhyming Haiku here – plus three more for the other prompts!


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  18. I usually write a haiku when inspired by a thought or photo, prompts usually intimidate me but what the heck,I’m feeling daring ….
    Tree branches swaying
    wind and rain chase homeless birds,
    robins chirp with fear.


  19. lesliehobson says:

    MIne was out my car window:
    There is no take-out
    I must drive miles for Thai Food
    Look around. Worth it!


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