I challenged myself to write a haiku a day for one week, and as I am a photographer my inspiration would come from the photos I had taken. I have completed the challenge. Here are my thoughts, it was harder than I had first imagined it might be, more importantly, it was fun and interesting, and I’ve learned a few things about haiku poetry.
Here are the rules as explained by the Society of Classic Poets;
1. Be three lines of five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables.
2. Contain a nature or seasonal reference.
3. Be in the present tense (swims rather than swam).
4. Be subtle and observational.
5. Contain some sort of twist in the third line.
6. Not worry about rhyming.
Rule 6 was easy to live with, not rhyming is easier that rhyming! The haiku poems I wrote this week were more observational than subtle that would be the photographer in me, full disclosure, I have never been known for my subtly. The poems contained some mention of nature, and with all poems but one, the first poem, I managed the right number of syllables in each line.
I think it would take a lifetime to be really good.
Tell me, did you enjoyed the play between poetry and pictures this week? Are you interested in seeing more?