Monday, 5 March 2018

Haiku #2

Haiku is a popular and accessible form of poetry that some members of our writing group were keen to try. They're short (the Haiku) but deceptively difficult to do well. The aim is to use as few words as possible to capture a moment in time. According to one expert "a good Haiku conveys through implication and suggestion a moment of keen perception or insight into nature or human nature". Traditionally there are references to the environment or season, grounding the poem in the world around us. Sometimes they have contrasting or juxtaposing elements that can surprise or make us think differently about something. People often use a 5-7-5 syllable format for each line but this is not as important as the ability to paint a picture with few words, capture a moment and achieving that 'aha' moment. 

Here's a few that the group came up with in today's session. 



Fog obscured land
Above white - blue
Albatross gliding

- Karen




White whiskers twitching
Beady eyes glint, surveying
Patter of feet race

- Rose McCulloch




Poor smoker puffing
Smoking golden tobacco
Poor health of wallet

- Phil Porteous




Fog obscures the beach
Waves rolling to the shoreline
Distant figures turn



Hills glow in yellow
Moments later they are dark
Bird twitters loudly

- Robert McFelin




Ice-cream melting
Very hot day
Damn, not my car


Man standing alone
Should he stay or should he go?
Bloody bus service!

- James Macandrew




sounds echoed around
getting louder and louder
within her head


grass grows all around
mown in intricate patterns
rugby sprigs destroy

- Christine Philp

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