In Japan, Haikus are valued for their lightness, simplicity, openness, and depth. These are some basic rules of Haiku:
- use no more than 17 syllables.
- arrange these in lines of 5-7-5 syllables
- link the words to the natural word
- retain Japanese values of lightness, simplicity, openness, and depth
- focus on a memorable detail of the Haiku's topic
I lie belly-up
In sunshine, happier than
You ever will be.
| Cat Haiku
found at http://strangeplaces.net/weirdthings/cathaiku.html
The mighty hunter
Returns with gifts of plump birds.
Your foot just squashed one.
Challenge yourself by devoting a page in your journal or your writer's notebook to "dueling haikus."
Select two topics that are seen as opposites and brainstorm five favorite details about each topic.
Choose your best detail about one topic, then create a seventeen-syllable "snapshot" of that topic, capturing the detail in a seventeen syllable poem.
Repeat the process for the second topic.
Place the poems side-by-side in your writer's notebook.