Haikus!

One day, when I was a wee lass (like eleven or twelve), I picked up a Magic Tree House book (anyone remember those?) set in historical Japan and read it. It was then when I discovered the art form of short yet unique poetry known as the haiku. By the time I finished reading the book, my creative juices were already starting to churn. I picked up the nearest notebook and composed my very first haiku. . .

Stars dotting the sky
Moonlight shining down at me
Shooting stars fly by

It’s a start. πŸ˜›

In case this is new territory for you, a haiku is a form of Japanese three-line poetry with five syllables on the first and third lines, and seven syllables in the second line. I think there might be a rule or two on the subject matter, but I haven’t looked into that very much.

Anyway, since the Magic Tree House book I have continued writing haikus where and when inspiration struck (although I haven’t written any in a couple years), and today I thought I would share some of them with you (not in any particular order)!

I was once prompted to write a haiku about my shoes. All right then. . .

Mom bought me white shoes
I wore them to summer camp
They ain’t white no more

It is now my second favorite haiku I’ve ever written.

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And here’s my third favorite:

Here is my haiku
Wait, that wasn’t the first line!
Let me start over

I wrote this one completely by accident, and it was one of the greatest moments of my poetry-writing life.

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All of my favorite words
Have always been rather odd and
Outlandish ones

I would like to point out that apparently there’s also such thing as a 6-8-4 haiku (with 6 syllables, 8 syllables, then 4 syllables), so there we go. πŸ˜›

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Do you smell that, father?
The mountain laurels are blooming
Spring had arrived

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Staring at the bookshelf
I have a giant reading list
Because of it

Relatable?

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If the cars were to cease
One could hear the owls trilling
In the late night

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I love that feeling
When I find perfect music
To go with car trips

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Oh, handsome falcon,
Please do make yourself at home
We enjoy rare guests!

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And finally, my number one favorite haiku I’ve written so far. . .

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Dreary, long-drawn rain
Whispering its secrets to
The listening earth

Yes, I liked it so much, I really wanted to illustrate it. . . but then someone else beat me to it. πŸ˜› So THANK YOU, EVE, for the picture! It was really sweet — and totally optional. . . but I love it. Thanks again. πŸ˜€ <3 (Y’all go check out her and her sister’s blog — it’s pretty neat.)

These aren’t all the haikus I’ve written, but the rest of them aren’t all that great, hahah. I haven’t written very many of them, so yeah, short post today. If I ever write a bunch more for some reason, I shall make a part two.

~~ Dekreel

Do Tell! Have you ever written a haiku before? Could I hear one? Did you enjoy the Magic Tree House books as a kid?

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11 thoughts on “Haikus!”

  1. Here is my haiku
    Wait, that wasn’t the first line!
    Let me start over

    … that
    Is amazing. XD

    I never really have understood the appeal to haikus, but I really enjoyed this post! πŸ™‚

  2. I had to write them at the private school I used to go to. I can’t even remember it. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ That’s probably better than mine. Mine would probably deal with war or something. πŸ±β€πŸ‰

  3. Mom bought me white shoes
    I wore them to summer camp
    They ain’t white no more

    Here is my haiku
    Wait, that wasn’t the first line!
    Let me start over

    !!!!!!!!

    I love these. <3

  4. Ah, this was so enjoyable! Love the one about the shoes. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ And that last one is very lovely. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›
    Never written a Haiku before, but this makes me want to try! πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness!! It’s hard to pick a favorite haiku of yours, they are all SO GOOD. But if I have to choose it would be the third one.
    Funny how the best things we all sometimes create by accident.
    I have never written any haikus before, but now I will have to try it out.
    Your post was inspiring!

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