How to Write a Love Poem - Haiku Love Poem

How to Write a Haiku

Writing a poem, particularly a haiku, even better--a love poem, for Valentine's Day or another special day, doesn't have to be too difficult. At first, for sure, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Instead of writing a full-blown poem, try your hand at the short haiku, that consists of only 17 syllables--yes, syllables--total!

You can write a haiku with a little practice. I'll give you the basic format and several examples to get you started. A haiku is fun to write; I think most people who have tried it would have to agree.

Here is the basic format. A haiku consists of three lines. Count out five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line, and another five in the third line. Yes, those aren't words per line, but merely syllables. What makes haiku so powerful is the amount of meaning crammed in such few words.

For a more thorough description of what a haiku is, check out this hub: http://bnoelle.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Write-a-beginners-Haiku

Now, a haiku by nature can be a bit mysterious, so start the first line with a description that doesn’t reveal the person. Add a longer description, as descriptive as you can get for the second line, then include the person’s name in the third line. Of course, you can put anything in any line as you wish. This is just a suggestion to get you started.


Now this is love...!

Victoria Lynn and Gizmo
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Write a Valentine Haiku for that Special Person!


Chuckle, warm and rich,

Smile with sparkling eyes of green

You, my charming Mark


Or leave your valentine's name out:


Eyes of deepest green

Give me goose bumps every time

You, and only you.


Rhyme the first and last line of the haiku, if you prefer:


Days of light and dark

You’re always in my corner

You, my dear, sweet Mark


Or make all the lines rhyme:


Days of light and dark

You’re my lifeline; you’re my spark—

You, my dear, sweet Mark


Make your haiku specific to Valentine’s Day if you wish:


Not just on this day

But for each day of my life

Be my Valentine


Make Your Own Haiku into a Special Gift

So, do you think writing a haiku is simple enough? Try your own hand at haiku. To me, even though a haiku is comprised of only 17 syllables, creating a powerful haiku is a challenge. It is definitely harder than it looks, as it’s hard to cram all you want to say in just a few syllables or a few lines. If you want to say more, do more than one stanza and link several haiku stanzas together to make a longer poem.

When your haiku is complete, do something special with it. Write it in a Valentine’s Day card to your special someone. Another idea is to type up your haiku in a nice font—perhaps a script—and print it out on colored paper or other paper, perhaps decorative paper that has hearts or other such appropriate décor. Put your heartfelt haiku in a romantic frame and your gift is complete.

A poem is a gift that will last forever, always reminding the giver and receiver of that special day. A poem is a great gift, as it packs fewer calories than chocolates and lasts much longer than flowers.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Fantastic Valentine Haiku's Vicki! I like the format and details!! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Makes me want to go and write more Valentine's Haiku's. Excellent Hub!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is great! I have never written any haiku's, but hubs like this keep tempting me!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sunshine! This hub was a fun one to put together. Thanks for letting me include a link to yours! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Susan! You're the one who got me started on haiku. My inspiration, I guess you could say. :-) Go write more!! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

homesteadbound--Give in to your temptations and write a hiaku!!!!! Try it; you'll like it!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Nice hub. My favourite was

Not just on this day

But for each day of my life

Be my Valentine

The time seems to be speeding away now we are already thinking about Valentine's Day.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Rosemay! Time does fly from holiday to holiday doesn't it. I'm glad you told me your favorite. Since all I wrote about the guy with green eyes referred to my special guy, I think I'll put them together and give them all to him this Valentine's Day. Thanks for your comments!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I wish I could make a beautiful Valentine's Day poem. But thanks for teach us how to make this. Very inspiring hub. Well done, Victoria. Rated up and take care!

Prasetio


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, prasetio! You can do it, too! Try a haiku. They're short and sweet!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I like-u your Valentine haiku, Victoria. Here is mine to you:

Happy Valentine

To you, Victoria Lynn,

Let good times begin!

You might enjoy my "Funny Valentines for People You Hate."


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

drbj--Thanks for the haiku! I read your hub, too. Very funny! Maybe I could add a link to yours in mine!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Victoria, I loved these valentine Haiku's, you have inspired me to write one for my husband!!

Thanks for sharing and voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Great, Movie Master! I hope your haiku turns out well and your husband loves it! Thanks for the vote!


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

Beautiful..


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the beautiful comment, Capedium. I appreciate it!


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Beautiful and fun ! thanks for the tips.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ingenira--glad you thought it was fun. I did!


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Angela Biggs 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Victoria, It really helped me understand what is haiku and how to write one. I have made an attempt (can't call it successful) to write. Though it is not lovely but painful instead :) I have been following for your useful tips. You tell a lot about hubpages :) Thanks once again :P


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, Angela, I'm glad it helped you understand what a haiku us. Keep trying on the writing part--you'll get it! I'm glad to hear that you're following for the tips. I was hoping I could share some helpful hubs. Thanks for your kind comments!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I tend to be a proverbial wind bag when I am writing. I haven't written many haiku in my lifetime. This is helpful. Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Try it, Tammy! You'll like it, I bet. It IS a challenge to get a lot of meaning in so few words!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I enjoyed this very much. I'm socially sharing it. Great idea for Valentine's.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Pamela--Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it, too!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Valentine's Day will be here soon, it's time to share some haikus! I just noticed I was the first one to comment on this hub 12 months ago! :)


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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Two of my favorite things... haiku, and Valentine's Day...


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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

I had to pin, and share this one...about two of my favorite things... Valentine's day, and haiku poetry... Wow!!!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sunshine--12 months ago! Wow, it's hard to believe it's been that long. Thanks for coming back and commenting 12 months later. That's cool!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Laurinzo--I'm so glad that you appreciate the haiku for Valentine's Day! Cool!


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livewirez 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

Nice hub Victoria, I like the way you explain about "haiku".


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, livewirez. I appreciate your comments. I'm glad you liked my explanation of haiku. By the way, I like the baby photo you have as your profile picture. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Nice job on this Vicky!!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Victoria, this is a wonderful and easy to understand hub. And your haiku poems are delightful. Now I have written a few poems in the haiku style and they are fun. Your ideas for Valentine's day gifts are great. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Valentine's Day to you.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It would be so romantic to get a Haiku inside a homemade card! You explain how to do so well! Love that sultry pic of you, too!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy soon to be Valentine's Day once again! :)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Phyllis--I'm glad you liked the hub. Haiku poems are so fun to write, I agree!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Rebecca--Yes, very romantic! Sultry? I had to look at the picture again. I hadn't even considered that it was sultry. LOL


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

To you, too, Sunshine!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

I think I'm going to write some of my own haikus for my Honey today - thanks to your inspiration. ;)

Happy Valentines Day!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hope you had a nice one, Cyndi! Did you write a haiku or two? :-)

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