What is Haiku?

Haiku is a very old form of Japanese poetry, written in the format of three lines and consisting of no more than 17 syllables (5-7-5). Japanese haiku usually has a seasonal reference, where the more modern English-Language Haiku, which evolved from the Japanese Haiku doesn't. The English-Language haiku may consist of three lines with fewer syllables and it doesn't require a seasonal reference.

In writing haiku, one is supposed to find the 'awe' of an experience and try to convey it to others. Haiku isn't about rhyming or the use of metaphors. Rather, it's a writer's way of encouraging us to see beyond the obvious.

Open to all ages.
Send your haiku to:
Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)





plump pokeberries hanging
wait for purple stained fingers
to pluck them from vine

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berries used for dye
or food for birds who get drunk
and fly into windows



By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)





can you picture the
birds stuffing their beaks full of
purple pokeberries?



By Mikey (Norma1223@aol.com)





photographic gem
like mother nature's earring
purple luster shine



Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)





purple berry vines
entwining and hanging down
oh my how divine



By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)





nature’s own ink wells
royal purple pokeberries
turkey quill a pen!



By Evelyn (Evenccw@aol.com)





White blooms turn purple
The birds await their turning
For their winter food

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But mammals beware
Toxins find an opening
To spread the poison

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Purple juice makes ink
Birds ingesting the berries
Paint the patio



By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)





Clustered on their stalks
Looking much like ripened grapes
Birds enjoy the fruit.



By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)





Berries for the birds
Restaurant for the Blue Jays
Maybe for the Wrens
Open all night long
Stop by for a tasty treat

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Hanging in the air
such a beautiful color
Feast for the birds



By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)





sunshine has a way
of bringing luster to plain
and ordinary



By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)





ONE DAY ON A WALK
AN EMPTY FIELD WAS NEARBY
SAW SOMETHING DANGLING

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LOOKED LIKE BLUEBERRIES
UP CLOSE BROWN LEAVES ON DRIED STICK
YEA,POKEBERRY WEED



By Lilly (Lilprincessitali@aol.com)





Mother Nature's trick
Make up for all occasions
Purple for winter.



By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





no, no not fox grapes
black and staining each berry
yuck if you eat it

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Pokeweed's poke berries
Indian ink so they say
oh so deep staining

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fall when leaves turn brown
children play their little games
Dark blue, staining deep



By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





Deep and purple
There's life in the old stalk yet
Squirt for every beak.

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Berry profusion,
Late bursting destiny,
Birds' own Thanksgiving



By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





Sign should read
pokeberry clusters
lovely but deadly!

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So sad the fact that
animals just can't read
all that's lovely isn't GOOD!



By Mary (MusingByMary@aol.com)





IT'S A
BERRY BERRY
BEARY PATCH



By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)





Wild and growing free
Provides food for hungry birds
Bears to eat their share

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Swallowing the seeds
Help replenish the cold earth
Benefiting all.

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Water streams nearby
To fulfill their growing thirst
Wonders of our world



By Connie (CSThomas@aol.com)





Poke berries or ink berries
Poke weed to cook in the spring
The pretty deep colored berries.

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Once, my boys picked them
And ate them by the fist fulls
Panicky called them for help. 911.



By Barbara (Brierhillbarbara@aol.com)













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