Who’s heard of a Haiku?

Well, before I had started our course this year, I must tell you that I had no idea what a haiku was. Although it seems to be a very popular poetry form; possibly linked to its brevity.

A haiku is a traditional Japanese form, that typically has three lines and 17 syllables. The first line has five syllables. The second has seven, and the final line has the remaining five.

Other key aspects of a haiku are the existence of a penetrating image, possibly linked to nature, seasons, or a time or place.

This week for our poetry paper, we have been focusing on coming up with a series of haikus. The below consists of seven different haikus, which are all linked to the beach. This is my first draft, but I thought I could post the work in progress on here.

I’d love to hear what you think?!

Tell me, have you ever tried the haiku? How did you find it?


white noise of blue seas

inhaling and exhaling

nature’s calming breath

buried naked toes 

purple jandals hung in hands 

Summer’s easy soles 

hair strands dance wildly

circling skin like freedom flies 

a waltz with the wind 

blue horizon hues 

stare still lines into wide eyes 

waiting for answers 

gulls squawking at sea 

pouncing hard on each stale chip 

you’re always mine 

Summer’s rain falls hard

but deaf on wet salty ears 

swimming joy rainbows

the sun bows its head

golden pink greets cold blue skies

drunken colour eyes

traffic blurs on by

i sit still soaked in sand 

must i join in line 


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