It’s Time for the Haiku Challenge!

I can’t believe it’s September! Although, I love the Minnesota summers, Autumn is also another beautiful time of the year. I thought it would be fun to combine one of my favorite forms of poetry along with photography to create the Haiku Challenge!

Traditionally, haiku has been constrained to the 5-7-5 rule, meaning, the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the third line has 5 syllables. But, at times, modern haiku deviates from these rules.

According to the website Poets.org, haiku often focuses on images from nature. Haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.

Poets.org goes on to discuss some of the masters of haiku poetry. Among the greatest traditional haiku poets are Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki. Here are a few examples from the masters of haiku poetry:

Matsuo Basho

An old pond!
A frog jumps in—
the sound of water.

Yosa Buson

An evening cloudburst
sparrows cling desperately
to trembling bushes

Kobyashi Issa

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble.

Masaoka Shiki

the sun set behind
a traveling monk
tall in the withered field

Here is the image for my first Haiku. 

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

Haiku Challenge: Day 1

A tranquil, shallow
creek—resilient bridge supports
the lonely hiker.

One of the main reasons I love haiku poetry is for its simplicity. As I read through the traditional and contemporary haiku poems, I am amazed at how easy it looks to write. But, when I sit down and put pen to paper, it’s always a challenge!

Have you ever tried writing haiku poetry?

What other forms of poetry do you like writing?

Happy Labor Day!

~Nicole

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