Haiku (originally posted on the mad poet website)

I have never given serious thought to haiku. Or any thought, really. I have read some but wasn’t much impressed. The five seven five syllable count seemed like too much work. And some of what I read didn’t sound good because it seems like the poets used certain words just to fill the syllable count. Then two weeks ago at the Faribault Fools Poetry group a guy came who had some haiku to read. I liked it. His was thoughtful and well written. So I decided to give it a try. I’m not going to go into all the rules for writing haiku; there are a few, but I find the challenge fun. So I’ve written these examples over the last couple of days. Please let me know what you think.

wind always the wind
blowing hard across the lake
now and forever

the great blue heron
now stalks his prey in silence
as the wind blows hard

sunlight on bare trees
shows buds ready to open
spring has come again

dew drops on the grass
appear to be diamonds bright
shining with sunlight

on the cold still lake
a loon cries out hauntingly
I stop to listen

fog like cold fingers
creeps it’s way along the ground
and then disappears

the wind blows angry
grey blue waves across the lake
to lash the cold shore

So this is my collection. I think I’m going to do more because so far it’s been fun. Leave a comment and let me know.

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