One of the most popular forms of Japanese poetry, Haiku, is itself an art. Many people believe that Haiku consists of 17 syllables overall (5, 7, 5), however, more precisely this form of writing has 17 moras.
In addition, Haiku poems contain a seasonal reference (kigo) and a “cutting word” (kireji).
Here in the U.S., we are familiar with three-line Haiku. For example, pulling inspiration from the nature photographs above:
Lovely white orchid
Blooming, fragrant beauty now
Enjoy, but don’t pick
Yes, I could have done better…. What would you write instead?
No, wait – don’t answer. To write a haiku in true Japanese style, the poems should be printed in a single line.
Let’s try another green haiku:
Snow covered mountains – spring, winter, what’s the season – let’s go for a drive!
There, that one includes a seasonal reference as well as a “cutting word,” that brings the reader around for another “ride” on the poem!
Let’s try one more poem to see how we do. Do you think you can write poetry? I’ll bet the answer is yes! Especially when inspired by nature photography.
Green yet dry cactus
Summer, winter fall or spring
There’s no difference, right?
Now, we’re passing the baton to you! Pick one or all of the photos above and creat your own green haiku. No testing here – you all get a good grade. Let your creative side shine!