Haiku is a form of poetic writing that originates in Japan. Haiku is not a rhyming form of poetry. In Japan, it is usually written as one line but today, here in England, we tend to present it in three lines. The structure is generally that of a line or phrase of 5 syllables, then one of 7 syllables and then a final one of 5 syllables again,

There are a variety of styles as to how Haiku is formed, today, but I tend to prefer the style of the third line, or phrase, as being somehow in contradiction to the first two. Here is a Haiku that I have written, which exemplifies this:

My Nemesis.

Time to dream awhile.
Healing and recovery.
Yet, sleep evades me.


(c) Deano Parsons. 2019.

You will note that the first two lines suggest a positivity; a sense of wellbeing and restfulness. Then, in comes the third line with the contradiction; it describes insomnia. So, we now see how Haiku tells something of a story. This then provokes the imagination of the reader, as they consider what is being expressed in the Haiku.

There are other forms of Haiku and there is a lot of history attached to Haiku and so I recommend you read further on the subject. In the meantime, why not try the version of Haiku that I have used and see what you create?

Do let me know how you get on, in the comments below, or feel free to share your Haiku there, too. If you would like to showcase your Haiku, simply contact me and I will add your Haiku to my ‘Guest Contributions’ section, in the main menu.