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)






lonely tree, icy blue
waiting for the buds to come
melting snow is here

*
lonesome branches, bare
desolate view here today
spring brings brand new growth



By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)





blue winter frost haze
white lovely icy glaze daze
black tree silhouette



By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)





farmer's resting spot
under the tree in summer
when it is full leaf

*

not dressed for winter
the tree stands bare and lonely
waits for spring plowing

*

farmer will return
with his lunch and a cold drink
respite from sowing



By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)





Starkness of winter
background makes it so pretty
A quirk of nature

*

sun tries to break through
deciduous tree shivers
such is winter time

*

large and very proud
bare tree faces winter
starkness is beauty



By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





In winter
Wonderland
Naked stands the tree

*

It's rough even for
trees to remain outside
In blowing snowstorm



By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)





I, too, stand and wait
As the winter in my soul,
Calls for Spring to come



By Rita (Rita Write@aol.com)





Sleep beauty;
as the velvet~blue mist
quietly bathes U:-)



By Mary (MusingByMary@aol.com)





Magnificent tree,
decorated with snowflakes,
wondrous to behold

*

A tree speaks to me
It provides shade in Summer
Colors in the Fall
Nests for the birdies
And apples for all



By Cara (Cara516@aol.com)





Mystics view
The God in you
Awaiting new birth

*

You are the lace of
January's eeriness
For the bygone year



By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





THE TREE STANDS LONELY
STARK AGAINS A DIMLY LIT SKY
HOPING FOR SPRING

*

COLD IS THE WINTER
THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN SOUTH
ONLY TO RETURN FOR A BETTER VIEW



By Jeanie (Mingo184@aol.com)





A lone tree stands there.
Witness to Winter season.
Dreaming some green dreams.



By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





Dashing though the wind
flakes of snow fall to the ground
to change the landscape.

*

-Spanish translation/adaptation-


Buceando por el aire
copos de nieve caen al suelo
para dar un cambio al terreno.









Shining tree in winter
Glistening in the cold air
Spring will soon bud



By Barbara (Brierhillbarbara@aol.com)





cold and chill surround
but the soul within resides
soon to warm again

*

believe in the Spring
tree will stand and wait its fate
soon to be renewed

*

expression of faith
though there is no warranty
tree will bloom again



By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)





at the base of the
tree, part of a robin's nest -
winter housecleaning?



Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)





at winter solstice
shivering trees, starkly bare
bless snow’s soft blanket

*

great barren oak trees
are full of life at christmas
with mistletoe boughs

*

dispelling winter
sun shines through barren trees
vernal equinox!



By Evenlyn (Evenccw@aol.com)





tree shivers alone
bathed in chilly moonlit haze
beautiful winter picture



By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)





The shadows of blue
depicts the cold in the air
freezing all the trees

*

Even a cold heart
Cries for warmth from another
Yet not giving it

*

Ungrateful they come
Standing on your welcome mat
Asking to come in

*

Thy warm heart emits
It's love through thine eyes only
Welcoming him in



By Connie (CSThomas@aol.com)





winter snow keeps trees
gossamer fairy shawl wrap
icy blue splendor



By Marilyn (mterwilleger@bresnan.net)





IT IS WINTER TIME
SUN IN COLD CLOUD IN BLUE SKY
BARE TREE STAND ALONE

*

WHITE SNOW ALL AROUND
TREE FEEL CHILLY AND LONELY
NO BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS



By Lilly (Lilprincessitali@aol.com)





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