It’s That Time Again

Yes, it’s time to write a good Haiku. We haven’t written one for quite a while. For readers who have come aboard recently, mariner has a quirky exercise that disciplines one’s thinking both left-brained and right-brained. Writing a haiku requires the same kind of focus that a tough puzzle does; it also requires the soul to bond with nature in a sensitive, almost spiritual manner.
Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that dates back to the ninth century. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment that creates a picture in the reader’s mind.
Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Haiku does not have to rhyme unless the author wants to add difficulty. What makes a good haiku is its ability to capture a subtle insight about nature, the universe or a spiritual sensation. Some hints:
Remember to focus on nature. Create a division somewhere in the poem which focuses first on one thing, then on a second. The relationship between these two things can be surprising. Instead of saying how a scene makes one feel, the haiku poet shows the details that cause that emotion. If the image of a dark scene makes the poet feel alone, describing that darkness can give the same feeling to the reader. Some samples from websites:

about seasons
Dainty daffodil
Your golden trumpet fanfares
The dawning of spring

about mourning
Such precious gemstones
Morning dew shines like diamonds
God’s tears from heaven

about winter
Thick blanket of snow
Snuggling the flowerbeds
With a winter wrap

and one from the ancient mariner
Darkness lingers long
Light and its color grow strong
Daytime sings its song


Ancient Mariner

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