Haiku is a simple poem containing three lines and a total of 17 syllables. It is derived from Japanese poetry. Traditionally, the first and third lines of the haiku contain five syllables and the second line contains seven syllables. The haiku does not have to rhyme. Most haiku (both singular and plural forms are haiku) use the five-seven-five progression of syllables to create surprisingly diverse effects. The third line may present a different idea that is linked to the theme in the first two lines.
To want to be the
best is to nourish your ego,
which is not very wise.
Last night my dream was
to cross all doors from my home
to your tender heart.
Wanting safety can
become the biggest hurdle
become a habit unless
one is vigilant.
Most traditional Japanese haiku express ideas connected to nature, and and the passing of the seasons. However, there are no such constraints in writing haiku in English. The biggest advantage of writing haiku is its incredible flexibility. Anything and everything is permissible, even a change in the number and order of syllables.
How to Use Haiku Poems to Break Writer’s Block
The short and simple form of the haiku means that it hardly takes a minute to write one. Though the 5-7-5 syllabic format of the haiku is simple enough, it is acceptable to write haiku using a total of 13 to 17 syllables. So, if you are blocked you can use haiku as a fun way to overcome writer’s block.
You can also write haiku to jumpstart your writing session, to regain focus whenever you are stuck or bored or just to have fun!
Writing Haiku Online:
Haiku can be shared in blogs and other social media. Since they are usually less than 140 characters, you can tweet your haiku to your circle of friends. You can also Google for online haiku contests.
To read more haiku examples, click: Haiku Poems - An Easy and Elegant Way to Break Writer's Block