Hanging Out With The Haiku

In an attempt to inspire creativity by trying a new activity from time to time, I’ve responded to the haiku challenge for the past 3 weeks.

Writing a piece in 17 syllables of 5-7-5 lines respectively, forces a tight and narrow focus on word choice… economy of words is the name of the game. At the same time, you want to keep it as interesting as possible. I’m sure that anyone is capable of writing a haiku, but if you want a substantial piece, the trick is to avoid the obvious, mundane words that are associated with the given prompt.(Think I’ve a long way to go…) Check out my contribution here, here and here.

So what have I discovered?

1. The keyword is – succinct.

2. Zoom in on the finer details.

3. On one of my haiku pieces, a blogger made the comment: “poetic description of silhouette” – it got me wondering, is there a non-poetic version of the haiku? Prose haiku? Whatever that means…

4. A picture/image-based haiku is more meaningful and definitely more interesting.

5. The seasoned haiku’ers string a few haikus together. Sometimes it links to form a mini-story… very interesting!

I leave you with an amazing interpretation of the prompt “CRAFT” by the talented Becca Givens. I think her haiku (accompanied by a striking and appropriate image), best sums up the creative process involved and what the haiku muse has to achieve in haiku writing.

                                                                   Crafting images

                            With seventeen syllables

                                   Muse’s lofty goal


Have a great weekend!


  1. nutschell on February 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I've always been into poetry, though I haven't found the time for it lately. Your post on haikus makes me want to go back and leaf through those poems I wrote way back when. 🙂
    Happy weekend!

    • mish on February 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      You should do so when you have some time… you might be amazed at what you discover, or is it re-discover? 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. yvonne lewis on February 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hello Mish, Thanks for the visit and comment, I recieved it and appreciate it very much.
    Why you had trouble before I don't know why, perhaps Google was having an off day.
    Have a great week-end.

    • mish on February 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Yvonne. You have a good one too!

  3. David King on February 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Succinct to capture the moment, yes. By George, I think you've got it!

    • mish on February 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      *humble bow*

      Why, thank you, kind sir! 🙂

  4. Claudia Del Balso on February 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I really admire people that can come up with amazing haikus. I love haikus because they can be descriptive and say so much in 17 syllables. I liked you last haiku, pretty cool  😉

    • mish on February 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I'm sure most people can write a pretty decent haiku if they really put their mind to it… 🙂

  5. Mina B. on February 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Mish!  Great job on the haiku.  I don't think I could manage that.  Not a chance.

    • mish on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      …and why not?

      Thanks for swinging by, Mina.

  6. The Golden Eagle on February 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for sharing the tips on writing haikus. 🙂 I've never tried writing one–though working withing the parameters of an exact number of syllables always intrigued me.

    • mish on February 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      It's great exercise for those mental muscles dealing with succinct writing… 🙂

  7. Murees Dupé on February 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I think you are doing very well. You clearly understand how haiku works and you are doing it well. I have never tried it before and untill you just explianed it, I didn't know what it was. Be proud of yourself. 

    • mish on February 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks for your faith in my haiku abilities… 🙂 I know that it will improve with practise!

  8. Sharp Little Pencil on February 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Mish, you know I'm not much of a form writer, an occasional haiku but only when I'm feeling the season… I do like how you break this down.  And the illustration is FAB!  Wish I had a poster for my wall…  Peace, Amy

    • mish on February 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Yep, you're definitely a free-styler… anyway, for a lady with your amazing talent, the haiku would probably be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy… 🙂

  9. Margo Kelly on March 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Nicely done. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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