Writing Haiku

My adventures in haiku began with a post in April of 2013, in celebration of National Poetry month:

As we celebrate National Poetry Month, it occurs to me that writing a haiku is one way that many who have never written a poem can begin to write. I remember back in junior high school English class when our teacher taught haiku. We actually spent most of the class time writing haiku and getting up to read our compositions. Some students who were not particularly known for their academic acumen were having a great time with the exercise. (Read the complete post here)

I included in that post a short instructional video that I had found as well as a link to a site giving instruction in writing haiku. Much to my surprise, that blog post “went ballistic”, with over 900 views. With that much interest, I decided to make the haiku a regular feature on my blog. I call it “Saturday Haiku” and have committed to writing a new haiku every week. 

In March of 2014, it was my privilege to attend a haiku workshop led by Terri French, who is Regional Coordinator for the Southeast Region of The Haiku Society of America.  I learned much more about the art of haiku and have altered my approach to writing them as a result. For a review of that workshop that I posted on my blog, go here.

Listed below you will find links to some of the poems that have appeared in the Saturday Haiku feature.

Selected Original Haiku

Picture: Japanese painting by Chikuso (1763-1830)
Public Domain Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Description from the site:
御興 the title of this Haiku : something amusing
焚あとに (After a bonfire)
火の気なき (already no ember)
もみぢ かな (a red leaf)
 嵐牛 (the sign of the author : Rangyu)
(a picture of Japanese mushrooms)
 竹窓 (the sign of the painter : Chikuso)


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