Some of you may have heard of haiku before. Others might be wondering what in the world I'm talking about. That's why I wrote this article, so read on!
Haiku are shorts poems that came from Japan. Samurai (Japanese warriors) used to write them. A haiku is a short poem that consists of three lines. The first line always has to have five syllables, the second has seven, and the third line has five syllables just like the first. Haiku poems don't have to rhyme, but they almost always have something to do with nature or natural beauty.
Here is an example that I wrote. It was one of the first haiku I wrote, in about 5th grade.
Perched on the T.V.
Sitting there watching the dog
Warmed by the fire
Here is another example I wrote recently:
Dew in the morning
Cleanses the earth with its drops
And renews all things
I must say my writing has improved in these last years! Here is one last haiku that I did not write, but was an example in my English class.
So go forth and write
Pen and paper and sunshine
Haiku fall like rain
So go get writing! I hope to see some haiku poems in the Whyville Times!
Author's Note: Sources: Sonlight Curriculum, Core 7, Assignment: To Write Haiku, Samurai, Poet Practice Makes Perfect.