Green Haiku Sunday

Going green — By Stephanie on May 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

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).

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Inspiration for green haiku is found all around

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.

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Green haiku inspired by nature

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!

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Cactus as haiku inspiration?

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.

How about:

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!

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  1. Sarina says:

    Wasnt sure where to post this but I have received the Disney movie(Earth) and the Oceans book-thank you very much!

  2. Stephanie says:

    So great to hear Sarina! Congrats again!

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