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.

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Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)

Birds sing in the rain
Warm and gentle rain falling
Slowly turning cold


The end of summer
Wind and rain, colorful leaves
Summer's departure


Raindrops pelting me
Feeling cold and very sad
To see summer go


Raining hard and long
Washing the city streets
Morning traffic slowing down

By Joy (JOY3032@aol.com)

drops of rain falling
upon my pretty garden
soon the sun will make things grow


raindrops on my sill
close the window, shut it tight
watch the daffodills


wet wet raindrops now
on my skin it feels so cool
get me a towel

By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)

Awaiting cease
Of rain
Colorful birds roost

By Sharon (ByGolly25@aol.com)




By Mikey (Norma1223@aol.com)

Feathers wet with rain
Colorful birds wait their chance
To hunt for the worms.

By Doris (Toto38@aol.com)

imagine the time
i'll have today for writing
while the rain comes down


imagine the thoughts
that come to mind, ideas
fill this rainy day


imagine the words
I can put down on paper
maybe someday, share


takes me down long, endless roads
in search of haiku

By susi (Texaswishr@aol.com)

tree leaves glisten in
the rain. colors brighten - we
welcome this new day

By Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)

between the raindrops
flies the freshness of the sun
waiting to be seen


when the raindrops fall
not an inch of earth ignored
by their renewal


love notes from the sky
kissing every earthly cheek
saying "I love you"

By Bob (C1ydeBunky@aol.com)

two hearts on one limb
such brightly colored feathers
bathing in rain drops


soft rain drops falling
colorful birds together
tree as umbrella

By Cottage Lady (patience@bresnan.net)

This humidity
has brought a late Summer day.
The birds look for worms.

By Emiliano (Poeta48@aol.com)

Rainy morning here.
Afternoon it rains also.
Monsoons forecasted.

By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)

astounding colors
feathers taking on raindrops
nature's rare pallet

By Phyllis Ann (Starbird55@comcast.net)

warm rain of summer
melodious their sweet song
seasonal songbirds


songbird in the rain
trills reverberate the hills
local natureís aria


quiet the rainy day
hark the song of a birdís trill
stand in rain, listen


no staccato here
songbirds trilling in the rain
natural the aria

By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)

Lovers miffed in rain
Stained glass back to back
Sunshine come, all will be well.


Birds no sing from limb,
Birds so blue in rain clouds
Birds sulk for new sky.

By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)

A splash of color
A splash of rain. A dash for
Cover. Patiently


Clutching brittle twig
Kitschy couple, nuptial?
Finesse leaden day.

By Diana Mercedes (writerworks@live.com)


Everyday Friends

Still Summer in the South

The Blue Canoe

Poem About a Rose

Nature (several authors)

Last of Summer Days (several authors)

Tinges of Fall in the Air (several authors)

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