Five, Seven, Five!
by Margaret Krohn on April 9th, 2012

"H" is for haiku. Haikus are a short form of Japanese poetry that use units known as on or morae. The patern is then three phrases of five, seven and five on.  In English, we like to calculate words in units of syllables which is not exactly like on, but it's our metric for verse count. Here's an example. The word "haibun" in English has two syllables (hai - bun), but it has four on (ha-i-bu-n).

I love haikus, so I wrote a couple for this.




The girl sat alone
Eyes and head in sullen slant
Crying tears long gone



Colours flowing wild
Radiating from its leaves
Strong bark of a tree
I hope you enjoyed them and if you find time, write one for me in the comments below!

<3 x 9001,

/Maggie


Posted in Blog    Tagged with Blog, Haiku, A-Z Challenge


8 Comments

Jihel - April 10th, 2012 at 2:32 AM
I don't get it. What are the rules to write a correct one ?
Margaret Krohn - April 10th, 2012 at 2:39 AM
First line, 5 syllables. Second, 7. Third, 5.

That's it. =]
Jihel - April 10th, 2012 at 2:47 AM
A lip that inflates

Bloody teeth out of the mouth

My fist in your face



Am I doing it right ?
Margaret Krohn - April 10th, 2012 at 2:51 AM
Haha! Ja. =]
Jihel - April 10th, 2012 at 3:08 AM
A blue alien slut
Having sex during the war
Playing Mass Effect
Margaret Krohn - April 10th, 2012 at 3:21 AM
o__O
Trolltaxi - April 10th, 2012 at 1:01 PM
The first line is preferred to refer to one of the seasons, or it may be a natural scene. Not a thumb rule in western haikus, but adds a challenge if you accept. :)



All the seasons pass

Waiting for Planetside is

Heartbreakingly fun.



The last line often adds a new layer to the picture built in the first two lines - it is often contraversal, or gives a different aspect of meaning.



Fallen leaves rot

At my feet. So will our lives

Wait for the respawn.



(english is not my native, can make much better in hungarian. :) )
Margaret Krohn - April 10th, 2012 at 1:03 PM
Lol! Thanks for stopping by. =] Your poems are great and good job with the non-primary language.
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