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


Kari & Kijsa said...

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

Kari & Kijsa said...

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

Kari & Kijsa said...

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

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

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

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


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

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

Try #2

Kari & Kijsa said...

Okay-you have our juices flowing...

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

kari & kijsa

Steph said...

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

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I'm fixing mine....

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

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

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

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

Kimberly Ann said...

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

MOM said...

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.

Andylynne said...

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

Eating Seeds
Wings never still

Thanks for letting us be creative!