Do You Haiku?

I love words, poems, definitions and all things literal.  Everyone once in a while I will communicate with a group of friends by writing haiku.  Most of the time, it is silly, tongue-in-cheek phrases that just make us laugh.  Have you ever written a haiku?


Definition:  Haiku (noun) hai ku  1. Short Japanese poem; a form of Japanese poetry with 17 syllables in three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables, often describing nature or a season


So, a good example of haiku would be:

An old silent pond

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again. – Basho Matsuo


An example of my haiku would be:

“Nuke it for 10 secs.”
“Do what????” says number 4 son.
I am sooooooooo 80s.


I usually move right on past the nature references!

The entire month of February my friends and I have decided to write every facebook status post as haiku.  I knew this would be a huge challenge for me because I am one of those people that post a minimum of two to three times a day on facebook.  My hope was, not only would it be fun to post and read everyone’s poems, but it would also force me to be a little more thoughtful about what I was posting and how often I was posting.

When I do a little research on haiku, the very essence of it is to invite the writer to be more reflective in nature and to search for the deeper meaning in our natural surroundings.  By design, it is a mindful way of writing because the writer is counting and measuring the syllables in order to meet the 17 beat requirement.   I find myself looking for the most appropriate and impactful words to convey my thoughts at that particular moment.  I am extremely mindful of each syllable.  I find that sometimes using a slang, idiom or a completely made up word can express exactly why I want it to more clearly than proper English.

Haiku also challenges the reader and requires that reader to not only count the syllables but look for a deeper meaning in the poetry.  I might add it’s especially challenging when it’s a facebook post.  In a sea of updates on the awful weather, someone’s illness, their boring day at work or other random, obscure thoughts will be a 3 lined and not obviously clear post about life, nature or even warming up breakfast in the microwave.  It takes the reader aback for a moment and makes them pause for reflection, even if that reflection is a section of …”huh????”.

I am enjoying my little haiku experiment.  I find myself not posting as often and being a little more measured in what I say and how I say it.  That certainly is a good thing and I hope that when Haiku February comes to an end I will be able to continue that mindfulness with my thoughts and words.

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