Are you in love with haiku poems? Almost nothing makes my heart sing quite like this sublime form of poetry.
Want to know more about writing haiku?
What is Haiku?
Haiku poetry is a traditional form of Japanese poetry, usually about nature. They contain a special pattern made up of seventeen syllables: line 1-five syllables, line 2-seven syllables and line 3-five syllables.
Japanese poets use what is known as a 'saijiki' or season word almanac to look up the seasonal association for key words that they use in a haiku. Simple phrases such as 'falling leaves' may express loss, loneliness or regret, while 'cherry blossoms' with its sense of spring may refer to innocence or love. Haiku poets try to come up with the perfect words to convey images that spark the emotions they wish to communicate.
Haiku doesn't have to be serious. When there is a comic element to it, traditionalists refer to them as 'senryu'.
One of the best known examples of classic haiku translates into this (the haiku pattern as described above can be observed in its original Japanese form):
old pond . . .
Contemporary Haiku Poems
Today there is a thriving community of haiku poets worldwide. Modern haiku tends to be free form. One of the delights of having a Twitter account is the wonderfully creative haiku poems that fill my Twitter stream on a daily basis. The ones that catch my eye are usually short love poems. I applaud these creative souls and hope you enjoy the examples of haiku poems that I have selected from Twitter:
Short Love Poems
whispers of truth reflections
with fingers of love
Soul shining naked
Love is not complex
Her dress spills open
Your body arched
river in your eyes
still filled with water
savoring the trace
In my darkest hour
Sheets of flame cascade
Too fearful to love
Rumble in my heart
A kiss from your lips,
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