The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku - William J. Higginson, Penny Harter The Haiku Form - Joan Giroux

Haiku - "a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world."

 

recently, i was inspired to write some haiku again using images as prompts at a group i belong to at Goodreads. i love the haiku form for its simplicity and its ability to say so much with so few words.

 

here are a couple i wrote for the group:

 

haiku 01

a song from the deep
calls me from my restless sleep
no more need to weep.

(inspired by photo of a mermaid)

 

haiku 02

lines marked on my flesh
meant nothing when you left me
with a bleeding heart.

(inspired by a photo of an arm with drawings of buildings on it done with a Sharpie)

 

and here's one i wrote last night while drifting off to dreamland:

 

haiku 03

your silence speaks more

than any words can tell me -

piercing the cold night.

(inspired by the rain's pitter patter)