Haiku is the new …

Haiku is a type of short form poetry that originated in Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases composed of 17 phonetic units (called on in Japanese, which are similar to syllables) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern.*

Might Haiku offer a simpler, more fun way to express the thoughts and feelings that flow through a poet’s veins? Perhaps. This kind of writing-as-game offers one the opportunity to enjoy the craft of writing in a new and fun way. Can I make the 5-7-5 pattern into something interesting, meaningful, funny, poignant, and if so, why not try? Wendy has given it a go, and we think you might enjoy journeying though a few months in the life of a practiced poet who decided to try something new. If you feel moved to join in, leave your Haiku in the comments below.

In January

Sky remains lighter later

As day is ending


Scarlet azaleas

I see them from my window

Winter’s gift to me


No sun this morning

Yonder hill is obscured

Is it mist or fog?


I would have a gown

Color of the azaleas

Deep scarlet are they


Heavy rain pours down

Pounds against my windowpane

Kettle drums drumming


We will not complain

The azaleas are blooming

The full moon rises


Daylight savings time

Weird     heard the cows are to blame

No     blame the chickens


Our children are grown

Memories of their childhood

Forever in my heart


Don’t mind being alone

Because I know you’ll be home

All year Thanksgiving


Help     loud music plays

Please CVS Pharmacy

Answer     save my ears


Blue sky vanishes

Clouds you are beautiful

But please go away


Morocco Michael?

With your sketchbook in cafes?

You never came home


Night owl from day one

Janitor hears her howling

“Wendy, go to sleep!”


Mama wears fox tails

Head too     ugh ugh horrible

Her high fashion stole


The sound of his voice

Gives me the heebee-jeebies

Gift him to Putin


Mourning Dove calls calls

Keeps calling     no one answers

I would if I could

2 thoughts on “Haiku is the new …

  • April 10, 2024 at 1:06 am

    so lovely great grandma Wendy!

  • April 13, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    Why does my back hurt
    When I do everything right
    I don’t understand


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