I Haiku. Do you?

From time to time I will share a haiku with you, dear readers.  I must say that I’m a fairly recent haiku convert, and didn’t fully embrace this Japanese form of poetry until a year or two ago.  However, after a writer friend shared the fun of haiku, and kindly reminded me that I need to accurately count my syllables (yes folks, I once goofed on a simple syllable count!), I’ve really enjoyed writing the occasional haiku.

Traditional haiku is quite different than the poems I have created thus far.  For example, a traditional haiku uses a season word and my haiku generally do not.  (For the history of haiku, please click this link)

However, being a bit non-traditional hasn’t stopped me from forging ahead and creating a slightly modified English/Melody version consisting of three lines.  There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line.  Here is an example – a haiku about haiku!

A haiku is brief
Verbal minimalism
Choose words carefully

Get the idea?  Here is my first official haiku for my blog – complete with a related photograph.


Beautiful Ireland
Love your forty shades of green
I long to return

It’s pretty fun once you get going!  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to write a few 5-7-5’s of your own.  Please feel free to post a haiku in the comments section of this blog post – I’d love to see what y’all come up with!

Warm regards,

p.s. This photo, of the Cliffs of Moher, was taken on the western coast of Ireland.

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  1. Posted August 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    As usual, beautiful photo & love the Haiku. BTW, love your Blog too!

  2. Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Beth! I appreciate your kind words. It’s great to have you as a reader and a subscriber!

  3. Posted August 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm by Terry | Permalink

    melody’s website
    charm and creativity
    in the blogosphere

  4. Posted August 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Well done, Terry! Thank you for posting a haiku, and for your kind words about my website! Maybe we can get some others to post a “comment haiku”, now that you’ve gotten the reader participation ball rolling. 😮