Haiku Rules

Recently a friend suggested that I try writing haiku. I listened to him. Below are my first four attempts. I’ve adopted my own style, of course, but I’ve kept the basic three-line format. In each of these poems, line one contains five syllables, line two has seven, and line three has five. Enjoy!

CUSTOMER SERVICE

I am satisfied
Checking out the cute cashier’s
Express-order smiles

***

HAY FEVER

Congested trees long
For antihistamine winds
To harvest relief

***

INTERNET DATING

We flirt from afar
Urging unattached strangers
To write on our walls

***

CHESS MATCH

I’m overthinking
Simple moves a novice makes
Paralyzed with fear

c b snoad
9-12-12

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One response to “Haiku Rules

  1. I’m going to make a suggestion. Forget the seventeen-syllable thing. Seventeen syllables of English contains 30% more information than seventeen syllables of Japanese. Try 4-6-4, or 3-5-3, or an irregular pattern; but always go for an image of the senses that conveys a moment’s fleeting, transient emotion.

    May I invite you to visit ‘the zen space’, an on-line showcase for haiku and related writing. http://thezenspace.wordpress.com

    M
    __________
    Marie Marshall
    author/poet/editor
    Scotland

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