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Writer's Block: Sharing Haikus

  • Sep. 5th, 2008 at 4:30 PM
Liz Lux
The Japanese haiku poet Basho once wrote, "Old pond / a frog jumps / the sound of water." Try writing some of your own haikus about the little things in your life. A haiku generally consists of a five-syllable line, a seven-syllable line and a second five-syllable line. You can also use any combination of ten-to-fourteen syllables.


I once wrote a haiku with my friend Colby when we were studying in Japan. It goes like this:


Ano ocha wa,
nomitakunakatta,
aki no happa


We liked it because it rhymed, sounded melodic, and had a reference to the seasons in it, something which is very Japanese. It means:

As for that tea,
I do not want to drink it,
Leaves of Autumn

ah, memories...