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)

children's halloween
nightmares and sleepy time dreams
of pumpkin delights

By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)

Hear ye! All my friends!
Now the revolution comes
Prepare for the fight


Look at my poor face
Carved and mutilated now
Once I was like you


Here's what must be done
When they pull you off the vine
Shriek! Get up and run!


No more pumpkin pies
No more scooping our insides
Live to an old age


Hallowe'en is here
The Great Pumpkin has spoken
Now time to De-Vine!

By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)

haunting we will go
holding tightly to my hand
my brave little ones forge on


ghost-like sounds echo
in the dark and windy night
shadows are frightening


they huddle closer
pushing the doorbell quickly
waiting patiently


reaching in the bag
goodies peeking through fingers
eyes are all aglow

By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)

I am King Pumpkin
All you field peons down below
Must heed my commands

By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)

frost becomes pumpkins
orange, their favorite color
night moon their splendor


like scary old man
sits on a cold wooden fence
moon lights up his find

By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)

hayride to the field
pumpkins laying everywhere
among dead cornstalks


big, small, misshapen
listen close, you will hear them
take me, take me, pleeeeeeeeeease


I will glow lovely
make me a cool or ugly


oh pleeeeease take me home
out of the night's frigid cold
it's warm on your porch


so, I took one home
but I cooked it in a pie
never cold again.

By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)

A pumpkin ogre
faithfully guarding pumpkins
moon aiding vigil


yellow and orange
the year’s crop of ripe pumpkins
slumber neath rail fence


eerie hollow guard
peter pumpkin guards the patch
sleep jack o’lanterns


moon o’er punkin patch
ghouls and goblins scavenging
short their existence

By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)

The Pumpkin Monster
Preparing his subjects for
Halloween Haunting!

By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)

Knight of the full moon
Ooooh, I'm scary
Don't you think so? No.

He got his wish -
the pumpkin that wanted
to be a scarecrow

By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)

Big orange pumpkin
Resting quietly out there.
I'm coming for you.


Are you scared of me?
Going to carve you all up.
Give you a spook face.


Better idea here,
I'll paint you in weird colors
Then you'll be a pie.

By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)

In every crowd
someone makes it to the top
just like a fool moon.

By Emiliano (Poeta48@aol.com)

Halloween coming
Remember my pumpkin patch
Left seeds years ago


A knock on my door
Open it,see a stranger
His name I do know


Promised to come back
Last time dirty and shabby
Now dressed like a prince


Walked down my pathway
Surprise pumpkins big and small
Had grown in my field


Harvest moon shone bright
Carved scarecrow to sit on fence
Can you stay awhile


Have supper with me
chicken dumplings pumpkin bars
Rest and watch tv
Be my scarecrow give out treats
Was just right for Hallowe'en

By Lilly (LilprincessItali@aol.com)

A mighty pumpkin
sits on a gray, wooden fence
Greeting all goblins


BOOtifully grand
He commands your attention,
Dominating all

By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)

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