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Haiku Poetry Day (Apr. 17)

International Haiku Poetry Day is on April 17, so I decided to write some haiku to celebrate!

I hadn't written any haiku since doing it for homework growing up. It was really fun! I like writing haiku because it is also sort of math puzzle because you have to fit your sentiments and thoughts into 3 lines of 5 syllables, then 7 syllables, then 5 syllables.

I wrote 3 for Haiku Day. They're at the bottom of this post.

April is also National Poetry Month. I found these poetry prompts to write a Poem-a-Day and I decided to write haiku for these posts. More on that later when I complete the month. I'm actually doing 2, so there will be 60 more poems!

I don't overthink it when I'm writing haiku; I'm mostly writing them for myself. I think it's a fun creative exercise that also uses a little math that you can fit into your day if you want to have a little fun. It's a way to journal and reflect for yourself too.

Give it a try! We are good at this!


What are haiku?

:an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively also: a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference


Haiku (俳句) listen (help·info) (plural haiku) is a short form of Japanese poetry in three phrases, typically characterized by three qualities:

  1. The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.

  2. Traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as "syllables"), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3]

  3. A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句, gendai-haiku) are said by some[4] to increasingly vary from the tradition of 17 on or taking nature as their subject. Despite the western influence, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines parallel to the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.[7]


What is International Haiku Poetry Day?

April 17 is the day the whole world honors haiku. Registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and initiated as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012,International Haiku Poetry Dayoccurs in the heart of the United States’ celebration of National Poetry Month. The Haiku Foundation encourages public events, including readings, exhibitions and competitions. It also sponsors events in three domains:



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