Try-This Tuesday: Paint With Words In Haiku

Do you remember writing haiku in elementary school?  I’ve always been drawn to haiku.  I love the shortness and the sweetness of them – the way they tell you so much in such little space.  They’re unobtrusive on a page and yet they have a way of sinking into every pore of my being.

3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively.  Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?  Have you tried it again since grade 6?  I just looked it up here so that I could give you some structure and background for this task…and wow, it’s kind of complicated.  So, let’s keep it simple!

Let’s go back to elementary school with all the wisdom we have gained since then.  Let’s lay down our observations of Spring (or any season of your choice) in 3 lines.  The first line will be 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables and the last line 5 syllables.  Try not to use the actual season word and instead paint it for your readers to see.

Cherry blossoms dance

Tufts of pink and white cotton

Soft against the blue

                                                                                                      ~Taslim Jaffer

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2 thoughts on “Try-This Tuesday: Paint With Words In Haiku

  1. Tas, I love your haiku!

    It paints a picture of exactly how the season looks and feels. I can almost feel a “morning breeze” as I imagine those blossoms waltz.

    Here’s my go at it …

    ” *~ Footprints in the snow

    Ice cold flakes against my face

    Falling from the sky ~* ”

    … that was a nice fulfilling exercise.

    Thank you for this moment!

    1. That is absolutely beautiful, Jez! Thank you so much for sharing it. Isn’t it great how spending just a few minutes really engaging with your senses can make you feel so alive?

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