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.
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Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)






pretty white feathers
floating gently in the pond
babies all behind

*

swan gracefully swimming
oer the calm waters
reflecting very nicely



By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)





momma and children
secluded morning outing
happy mother swan

*

beauty of nature
teaching the new ones to live
a large family

*

mis progenitor
instructing in ways of life
with fluffy family



By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





last minute caution -
no one is to stray
from the group



By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)





Little family
playing Follow The Leader
gliding peacefully



By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)





An invitation -
mother swan and lovely brood
to perform next week

*

Peter Tchaikovsky
having seen your audition
offers major roles

*

Opportunities
such as this rarely occur
ballet goes swimmingly



By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)





I LOVE SWANS
GLIDING GRACEFULLY AND BEAUTIFULLY
THEY MATE FOR LIFE

*

NINE LITTLE ONES
FOLLOWING MOTHER AND LEARNING
TO GRACEFULLY SWIM

*

AND WHEN THEY GROW
THEY'LL BE AS BEAUTIFUL AS SHE
WITH THEIR OWN FAMILY



By Jeanie (Mingo184@aol.com)





Swan babies trusting,
Learn to be comely copies,
White against dark night.

*

Innocence inspire
Symphony of grace
Flow a peaceful river.



By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





GRACEFUL MOTHER SWAN
GUIDES THE WAY FOR HER BABIES
THEY STAY CLOSE BEHIND

*

THEY LEARN RIGHT FROM WRONG
WHERE TO FIND FOOD AND SLEEP
TO KEEP SAFE FROM DANGER



By Lilly (Lilprincessitali@aol.com)





Brave little cygnets
Carefully follow mommy
Floating on the lake.



By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)





You will become swans.
Not the other way around.
That is old wive's tale.

*

Your duck friends are wrong.
Ugly ducklings become gorgeous
But they remain ducks..

*

And swans remain swans.
Never heard of an ugly swan?
That would be a crow.



By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





Every little swan
has respect for the leader.
The pride of the pond.

*

(Spanish translation-adaptation)


Todos los pequeños cisnes
tienen respeto hacia el líder.
El orgullo del estanque.



By Emiliano (Poeta48@aol.com)





ten ugly ducklings?
not a chance, mom's a beauty
with a following

*

musical cygnets
all in a row, just waiting
to be trumpeters



By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)





mom is our leader
where she goes we will follow
cloaked in youthful joy



By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)





Gracefully glides
mother swan so proud of
her nine babes

*

Picture perfect
beautiful swan mom
leads her family



By Mary Mizrany (MusingByMary@aol.com)





wonders of nature
floating along to enjoy
mother and kiddies

*

it's wonderful
and all for us to go out
and to take it in

*
we all can store it
deep within our memory banks
to last us for life



By Jim (KMGramps2006@aol.com)





Little ducks swimming
Right by Mother's side, they glide
Mom's protecting style

*

As in human souls
Mom's ready to steer them right
For a perfect life

*

Some take a wrong path
Not following instructions
Doomed for disaster

*

Grief comes to the Mom
For she did the best she could
'Hardheads' took wrong turns

*

Led them to failure
Thinking they knew more than Mom
For those, twas too late



By Connie (CSThomas@aol.com)





let us follow mom
graceful proud we will be
now just do as told

*

white on water green
babies learning how to do
she will have little time



By Barbara (Brierhillbarbara@aol.com)





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