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)






second thoughts, bug?
thistles are prickly places
to choose for landing


lady bug, fly home
thistles are not good on feet
pickers will sting


thistle's purple head
eventually must die
to be born again



By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)





In thistle thorny
Spotted lady bugs
Predators around her



By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)





Thorns being removed
Thistle is survival food
Stuffing for pillows


Seed oil for cooking
Boiled whole a diuretic
Lamp oil to read by


Lowers blood pressure
Cures a suppurating wound
Seasonal cleansing


Lowers blood sugar
Used to make bittersweet soup
Cholesterol med


Thistle a healer
Pioneer medicine choice
Lady bug shelter



By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)





lady bug wonders
if the climb to the top
will be worth it



By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com(





Bug on thistle pod
No nutrients, just stickers
Fly off ladybug

***

Life on barren plain
Bloom long gone, just dried seedpod
hunt for sustenance

***

Smile evoking scene
Thistle hosting lady bug
Small bug in large field



By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





sharp points all around
will surely cause you some pain
if you would touch it

***

this barbed sharp flower
will be a beautiful one
what month will it bloom



By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)





As the thistle grows
it develops armament
that will keep it safe

***

It will not attack
only harming those who would
try to do it harm

***

The ladybug knows
thistles are a haven safe
from a predator



By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)





Thistle bristles hurt,
Protection nature brings
Lowly little things

***

Baby porcupines
God's sense of humor defined,
Don't take careless steps.



By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





Ladybug's Scottish.
It's her national symbol.
She loves to wear plaid.

***

She treats that thistle
Like a rocketing missile.
Flying high, she will.



By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





Silly lady bug
Prancing 'cross the thistle head
'Midst the spiny thorns



By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)





Careless lady bugs
cannot find their way out when
surrounded by thorns.

---

The sharp pointy thorn
knows how to guard its flower
from the enemy.



By Emiliano (Poeta48@aol.com)





LITTLE LADYBUG
WHAT YOU DOING ON MY ARM
BRINGING ME GOOD LUCK?

***

IF TRUE, I THANK YOU
I PUT YOU IN FLOWER BED
WHERE YOU WILL BE SAFE

***
AWAY FROM THISTLE
FLY AWAY, YOU KNOW THE WAY
GOOD BYE LADYBUG



By Lilly (Lilprincessitali@aol.com)





Thistle make you laugh...
Once I sat on a thistle...
Tickled me silly...
Made me smile and guffaw...
Comedians use thistles...



By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)





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