Oct 20, 2007

Let's Go Haiku-ku!

After doing a post on the poetry style of Nonets, I am hosting a contest called "Let's Go Haiku-ku!" This obviously pertains to the writing of Haiku which is a mode of Japanese poetry. The winner will receive a $15.00 Starbucks card! First, let's start with the basics...

Recipe for Haiku

Haiku (high-koo) is a poem written in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each. No attention is paid to rhythm, rhyme, or length of line. It is not necessary to place a period at the end of the Haiku. It is made by writing something simple and natural, suggesting one of the four seasons– spring, summer, autumn or winter. A mood is captured and the reader fills in his or her own details. It is usually written in two parts– a physical scene followed by a mental observation.

Examples of Haiku
A crimson teapot,
steamy with first flush Sencha,
calls a thirsty soul
- Karen June Miller

A single leaf falls,
then suddenly another,
stolen by the breeze
- Ransetsu [1654-1707]

By flowering pear
and by the lamp of the moon
she reads her letter
- Buson
Contest Rules
  1. The theme is AUTUMN.
  2. You may enter as many times as you wish. For simplicity, please include only one Haiku per post.
  3. Your Haiku must be original.
  4. The winner will be selected based on adhering to the rules of Haiku and the images the poem creates. Modern Haiku bends the rules, but this contest will focus on the traditional style.
  5. The DEADLINE for entries will be Saturday, October 27th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
  6. The winner will be selected by a panel of 2 individuals. I will be one of the judges


  1. OOOOH! What fun.....we love your blog....we found you via the inspired room and had to give this a try! Here goes:

    Two laughing sisters
    Smiles carried on wintry winds
    Perfect notes of joy

    Have a blessed day,

    kari and kijsa

  2. Oh....let us readjust....Here's our autumn themed Haiku:

    Two laughing sisters
    Smiles carried on autumn winds
    Perfect notes of joy

    Have a blessed day!

    smiles, kari and kijsa

  3. So we thought we'd try again....this is so much fun...we haven't done anything like this since college. Good for the brain cells:

    A swirling leaf falls
    Tiptoeing on tufts of air
    Nature is dancing

    smiles, kari and kijsa

  4. Swirling, whirling leaves
    Spiraling tapestry hues
    Heeding Autumn's call

    That's my go at it, I may try again.


  5. Chill winds, hot cocoa
    Fragrant fires, carved pumpkins
    OH tis Autumn joy!

    Try #2

  6. Okay-you have our juices flowing...

    A dancer alone
    on the breezes of autumn
    a single leaf falls

    kari & kijsa

  7. Leaves dance as they drop
    As if at an autumn ball
    Now I have to rake

  8. I'm fixing mine....

    Chill winds, hot cocoa
    Fragrant fires, bright carved pumpkins
    Oh tis Autimn joy

  9. The moon is full, bright
    Witches and ghosts roam this night
    It's Halloween BOO

    3 tries & I still have....I can't!

  10. Ripe gourd, waxen skin
    Firm flesh yields to twisted stem
    Calling blade, candle

  11. Since I am currently in Hawaii, I thought I would draw on my observations of those who are vacationing here. Am I correct on my interpretation of your definitions of Haiku?

    Autumn spent lounging
    on seashores in Hawaii
    turns skin fall colors.

  12. Just found you form Bunnys Bungalow and love Haiku! here goes.

    Eating Seeds
    Wings never still

    Thanks for letting us be creative!


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♫ Karen