I’ve had a hankering of late to try my hand at poetry. At the risk of getting in over my head (and getting discouraged), I thought I might experiment with Haiku. I remember having to write in this form in school so I hoped it would be somewhat easy and definitely fun to try now.
I did a Google search and found the basic format. 3 lines. The first line is 5 syllables; the second is 7; the third has 5. Doesn’t sound too difficult, right? More like a puzzle than anything. Oh and keep the thesaurus handy, too!
Then I stumbled across this site: http://www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-haiku.html Must check it out if this is your first attempt at Haiku. Lots of good tips! They reminded me that the subject matter should be nature-related, that two lines should closely relate while the third is a bit different.
This winter has been more brutal than ones in recent years. Given that, I am more than ready for spring! Oh look, perfect topic! I initially wrote out three lines that were way more than the required syllables. The challenge became whittling them down while still getting my idea across. So you tell me, how did I do?
A crocus peeks out
Snow comes but does not stay long
Rebirth of the soul.