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Haiku – Sunflower Petals

by christianna on July 27, 2011

The yellow petals
arranged like rays of the sun
greeted the new day.


In my mind, the connection between haikuphotography and mindfulness runs deep. I will be talking about haiku in greater depth in an upcoming post, but for now I’d like to remind you of the basic form of haiku:

line 1: 5 syllables

line 2:  7 syllables

line 3:  5 syllables

Of course, there are many variations on this theme, but, in general, this is the format taught in American elementary schools and the one I grew up with.  Writing haiku can be contemplative, entertaining, humorous, insightful and deep.  Sometimes all at the same time.

When is the last time you tried your hand at writing a haiku poem?  I’d love to have you share your favorite creations.  If you need help getting started, here is a very random opening line for you to add to:

The kitten’s soft purr…

and, for dog-lovers:

The puppy’s wet nose…



Now it’s your turn.  Can you add a line with 7 syllables and a line with 5 syllables to complete the haiku? Please feel free to share your haiku(s) in a comment, below, if you feel inspired to do so.

Have fun!  I look forward to hearing from you!

image: taken with Nikon d7000 camera, micro-Nikkor 60 mm lens, aperture f/3, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/40 second

 

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Rita July 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The puppy’s wet nose
lay embedded on my cheek
    His wimper was sweet

Christianna Pierce July 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Rita, I love this! :-)

Xxxxy August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

i like it

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