Monday #19: Year New Haiku

Something that I’ve noticed about working with children in poetry workshops is how much they enjoy “template” based poetry lessons. Template based poems are those that give you a structure or a format to follow and, particularly in the beginning, kids really gravitate to this type of writing because it doesn’t carry the creative anxiety of a blank, white page waiting for a vivid imagination to spout out some free verse. One of their favorites is the haiku.

This past summer, a good friend and I went to a sushi restaurant in Columbus, Ohio where paper and pencils sat on all the tables for the diners to write haiku poems. Every spot on the walls and support beams fluttered with hundreds of haiku poems that the customers had left behind. Another friend of mine, an artist, keeps a notebook in her bag and whenever she gets annoyed by people in places like airports or ticket lines, she writes a cranky haiku that I like to call “hate haiku.” I find haiku to be a fun and easy way to mark memorable events and I think they can carry the essence of these moments with just the right amount of information but still remain mysterious.

The most well known haiku poetry comes from the 17th century Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, and in its native form has particular rules for its theme, elements and syllables, and it is almost exclusively nature inspired. In contemporary english, however, we have distilled it down to a three-line poem that has seventeen syllables in a 5-7-5 order.

So, today I give to you a Year New Haiku. And, won’t you please add yours here, too?

This is a time to

make fresh plans and be ready

for good surprises.

May your fresh, new year be full of good surprises, my friends.

TRY THIS WEEK: Write a haiku!



About Dar Hosta James

I am an artist living in New Jersey. I write and illustrate children's books, paint, draw, blog, coach, teach and speak about creativity.
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16 Responses to Monday #19: Year New Haiku

  1. aimee says:

    The new year’s waiting
    outside, blustery and cold
    I crawl back in bed

  2. don cadoret says:

    Challenging myself
    to seek fresh insight aand hope
    for a childlike heart

  3. Lara Dieckmann says:

    Can you say “rearview”?
    That is where my eyes are set
    Twenty-Eleven behind me.

  4. Judy Shreve says:

    If I were a bird
    would flying above teach me
    to see a new way

    Happy New Year Dar!

  5. Leith says:

    snowfall, like white ashes
    on my cold heart, my barren hands.
    spring! sleep no longer!


  6. Rose says:

    Choose to be happy
    Exercise more lose ten pounds
    My new year begins!

    Happy New Year Dar – all the best to you!
    Oh and my daughter loves the Dar Hosta print she got for Christmas!

  7. Lori says:

    Another day off
    Added to 18 others
    Enough already

  8. Joan says:

    Last sunsets beauty
    Glows, light reflects peachy clouds
    Shining new promise

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  10. Dar Hosta says:

    Thank you to everyone who posted a Haiku…. they are all wonderful to read. Best wishes for the new year!

  11. Anonymous says:

    past leaves weariness;
    fresh buds in frozen tundra
    shout begin again!

  12. Tim A. says:

    past leaves weariness;
    fresh buds in frozen tundra
    shout begin again!

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