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)

peaceful solitude
please do not harm or disturb
lovely friend enjoy

By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)

monkey sits on log
longest tail I've ever seen
what a strange creature

By Mikey (Norma1223@aol.com)

it's monkey business
it's swing and scratch and watch
like human business


watching us closely
as we watch him watching us
are we decendents

By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)

in a cage oh no
must be horrible you know
it is sad but true


furry brown creature
today i went to the zoo
saw monkies hanging


hanging monkies here
at the phoenix zoo today
swinging from their vines

By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)

In captivity
no longer free to roam
man and their cages


green grass and flowers
survey the confines of home
not free to roam


alien confines
where is my family
why am I caged


lost and alone
caged for a lifetime
only man does this

By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)

Monkey watching
From his viewing perch
Long tail dangling

By Sharon (ByGolly25@aol.com)

most intelligence
is not measured by IQ
but by how one thinks


what to contemplate
is the difference between
monkey and a man


ponder a navel?
solve the problems of the world
looking straight down


or observe the world
and the insignificance
of the status quo

By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)

Gee, I took a nap
And now everybody's gone . . .
Wonder where they went.


Poor lonely monkey
Left to his own devices . . .
He'll go back to sleep.

By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)

Monkey stares at me
I stare at him, too
Both of us are mystfied


Haloed by the sun,
Funny primate wonders,
What odd habits they.

By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)

Origin of Man?
Don't blame us monkeys for that!
We're more civilized.

By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)

Long shadows late sun
Long tail
I wish I had one


Must be fun to swing
From trees
And simply be
Just who you are

By Diana (Writerworks@live.com)

contemplating your
daily life at the zoo?
I'll bet it's boring


so many folks just
stand around staring at you
just stick your tongue out


close your eyes and sleep
when you get tired of it all
then they'll go away

By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)

Not a thing to do
but sit here and stare at you
Monkey Business

By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)



I Heard The Mockingbird

Winter Tea

Winter Walk

Winter Walk by Diana (The save button wouldn't work for Diana's first post)

Air Touching Cheeks

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