I love trying new things, and recently when admiring the work of other writers and poets, came across a Haiku poem.  Now I know there are many out there who are seasoned and accomplished poets, and of course know exactly what this is.

For myself poetry is a recent creative expression that I am still embracing and enjoying learning about.

“Haiku poetry?  What is that?” I find myself asking.  As curiosity was now peeked I needed to find out, and this is what I learnt.

Haiku is a Japanese poem written with clearly defined rules

  • written in the present tense
  • consisting of three lines
  • a total of 17 syllables using a 5/7/5 syllable rule.  Line 1 – 5 syllables, line 2 – 7 syllables, line 3 – 5 syllables
  • untitled so as not to detract from the words themselves to paint a picture for the reader

‘Um I thought, I wonder, could I do that?”  I let that thought percolate and a few hours later as words tumbled forward in my mind I found myself counting the syllables.  I then started to have a deeper appreciation for the sounds that they made.

Although traditionally the haiku was not accompanied by an image, over time this has developed and many poets now include a visual presentation of their poem.

This is my first, my starting point, but I am excited to explore more and see what else is possible!

Haiku #1

Beautiful intense
Uncompromising urging
Creation bursts forth

© Cheryl Mary Coleman, 2018 – Haiku #1 18.6.18

If you like this poem please feel free to share, as it may just be what someone needs to brighten their day.

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