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)



dormant tree sends forth
a green shoot has appeared
Spring has really come

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brilliant green shoot
struggles to cut through the wood
old tree still has life

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dry old gray bark tree
sending a shoot out to say
" axe man save this tree"



By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)





AS THE SAP RISES
EACH SPRING THE TREE SEEMS TO KNOW
IT IS TIME TO GROW



By Mikey (Norma1123@aol.com)





I KNOW I KNOW
IT'S UNRULY HAIR
DAY



By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)





New growth says spring
Green sprouts tender young leaves
New life revives old

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black and weathered bark
first nodules then come green sprigs
the spring revival

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small green shoots on tree
soon a small limb will begin
will it bloom or bear

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subtle is nature
a bulge a node a sprout
fresh green leaves of spring



By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





picture etched in wood
my best pal and friend Millie
nature's photograph



By Phyllis (Starbird55@comcast.net)





out of old roots
new growth finds its way
to blossom and bear its fruit

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look at me! just look!
I made it thru the winter
and i'll be a peach!

*

or perhaps a cherry
who cares? whichever, i'll be
sweet and soooo tasty!



By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)





regeneration
branching boldly from the old
with a brand new life

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surprise arrival
now continuing the line
with a new power

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deep within the old
burning still the living flame
of the need to live

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all in nature smile
at the reassurance found
in this bright rebirth



By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)





THIS OLD TREE STANDS PROUD
A NEW SHOOT OF HEALTHY LEAVES
PROVE THERE'S STILL A CHANCE

*

WAITING FOR THE RAIN
HOPE FOR MORE GROWTH TO APPEAR
TO FEEL YOUNG AGAIN



By Lilly (Lilprincessitali@aol.com)





Sending out a scout.
Is Winter truly over now?
My leaves say it's done.



By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





this old tree hasn't
given up - once again it
will give us some fruit



By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)





Old and forgotten
Stands a tree of yesteryear
Weeps in sad despair

*

Once useful to all
Birds and bees of the forest
Who gave birth to young

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Homeowner gives hope
Attaching adornment soon
Tree no longer sheds

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New hope for the tree
Its spirit no longer cries
Now becomes useful

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New bark is soon seen
Awakening its spirit
Sprouting leaves again



By Connie (CSThomas@aol.com)





AHA, I spy you,
Doggie face, nature carved,
Fur of bark.

*

Spring leaves say
Still life in your crusty knee,
A new season.



By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)








Starbird saw her dear Millie in the tree. Do you see the image of a dog? Starbird circled the image and also wrote a poem.






LOST, BUT GIVEN BACK BY NATURE - MY MILLIE



One sad day, I lost my best friend.
Her name was Millie, and I fought for her until the end.


I walked the lonely hill where we once trod,
Me, Millie and God.


I could not help the hot tears that stained my cheeks,
As I crossed our little creek.


Soon I came to a spot to rest beneath an old tree.
As I looked up, there was Millie staring back at me.


Thank you God for my picture of Millie found this day.
I know we will be together someday to stay.


Over the rainbow bridge, she waits for me,
But in the meantime, in this lovely tree my beautiful Millie I see.



By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)












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