Posts Tagged ‘Writing Haiku’

Haiku Quartet

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

An “Acrostic Fly Haiku,” as suggested by Acrostics Only:

Free-floating on air,
Light as a feather, it soars,
Yielding to a swat.

A “Relief Haiku,” as suggested by Sensational Haiku Wednesday:

Writing on deadline—
no ideas, none, nada.
Then, at last, relief.

Forking over rent—
More than many can handle
if they like food too.

Crafting a poem
takes work, skill, art, cleverness.
Damn … I left out wit.


Sundry Verse About Writing Poetry

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Haiku hankering
mixed with lim’rick addiction —
housework hiatus.


I am on a quest
For haiku or senryu.
Mission accomplished.


line breaks can seduce readers
into thinking
you’ve said something


Commanding and Demanding (Haiku Quintet)

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Designing programs
for software business clients —
command performance.


Military gifts
like General Patton’s patch —
commanding presents.


Want satisfaction
when your weapon’s sarcasm?
Pick a smart target.


An unrooted soul
steps on the joy of others
and roots for failure.


Meaningful haiku
that’s smart, breezy, yet mellow —
ticklish challenge.


(Haiku Heights commands prompts us to write haiku using the word command; One Single Impression wants us to be sarcastic; Sensational Haiku Wednesday roots for us to write haiku; and Three Word Wednesday prompts us to use breeze, mellow, and tickle in one fell swoop.)

Accidental Haiku

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

It makes me fidget,
but I book myself to write
accidental verse.

Accidental glance,
de-liberating romance—
just the dance of chance.


Shocking incident:
things accidentally went
exactly as planned.


Ms. Bristol Palin’s
book contract and dancing gig—
accident of birth.


Booked reservation
at restaurant, but canceled—
had reservations.


If you dare mention
certain odd affinities,
brace for fidgeting.


Haiku Or Senryu, That Is The Question (A Limerick Explanation)

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Every so often I get missives from poetry purists. Their message? Most of my haiku are by strict definition senryu.

Now I hate to admit it, but these sticklers are technically correct. For while haiku and senryu take the same form — three line, seventeen syllable poems (five-seven-five) — historically their subject matter and attitude differ.

If you’re waxing poetic about the physical world, chances are what you’ve written is a classic haiku. Throw in a seasonal reference, and it’s a haiku slam dunk.

But if your topic is human nature and human foibles, it’s probably best to label your verse a senryu, especially if you’re being satirical.

Confused? Don’t worry — most people find all this perplexing. In fact, there are lots of articles discussing this very question, and they don’t all agree with one another. Which is probably why so many people (like me) tend to take the easy way out and label all of our seventeen syllable masterpieces haiku.

But please don’t throw up your hands in unpoetic bewilderment. My explanation in the form of a three-verse limerick just might help or, at least, amuse you:

Haiku Or Senryu, That Is The Question
By Madeleine Begun Kane

So how do you write a haiku?
And when’s a haiku senryu?
Both are five-seven-five,
But heavens alive—
All their diff’rences cause much ado.

The distinction’s confounding to some.
Don’t confuse them — you might be called “Bum!”
If your verse has unfurled
On the natural world,
Then you’ve followed haiku’s rule of thumb.

But if seventeen syllables speak,
Not of nature, but human critique,
With satirical pearls
Mocking people — guys, girls —
You’ve embarked on a senryu streak.

Vacation Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt — through July 31st)

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Sorry for the delay, but though my cast is finally off, I’m still having wrist problems.

Today’s limerick, haiku, and senryu theme is vacations. First, my limerick, which was inspired by my husband Mark:

Vacation Verse
By Madeleine Begun Kane

My husband is swimming outdoors.
I expect he’ll be back when it pours,
Which it threatens to do
Ev’ry day, so he’s blue.
Yes, vacations are rain guarantors.

And now my haiku (senryu):

I’m on vacation,
Yet here I am writing verse.
Give it a rest, brain.

Now, of course, it’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write some verse about vacations. When you’ve posted your poem(s), please return here and add a direct link to your themed poetry, using Mr. Linky. There’s no rush, by the way, because you have until August 1st to post it.

Limerick and Haiku Prompts Participants

1. Noah
2. Noah
3. Granny Smith
4. Bev
5. Bev
6. Shark Girl
7. Michelle
8. Linda – Nickers and Ink
9. The Mane Point
10. Beaman’s World
11. MomCat
12. Random Short Stories
13. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife

UPDATE: Mr. Linky is now closed, but you can still add links to your vacation-related verse in the Comments. And if you’d like to participate in a new poetry prompt, you can always find my latest one here.

Poems About Poems (Limerick and Haiku Prompt)

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Today’s limerick and haiku theme is poems about poems or, if you prefer, poems about writing. First, my limerick about writing haiku:

Ode To The Haiku
By Madeleine Begun Kane

It’s seventeen-syllable verse —
Maybe less — yes it has to be terse.
What a challenge to do —
This form called haiku,
Whose brevity’s blessing and curse.

And here’s a pair of haiku about poetry, the first about writing limericks, the second about poetry writing in general:

Anapestic twists,
AABBA rhyme scheme.
Add wit and you’re home.

Ideas, thoughts, fragments
Of inspiration surge forth.
Poetry is born.

Now, of course, it’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write a limerick or haiku (or both) about poetry and/or writing in general. When you’ve posted your verse, please return here and add a direct link to your themed poetry.

(If you need some tips on limerick or haiku writing, I link to some helpful sites here.