like a black sculpture
the winter tree skeleton
outlined in the snow
Over the past few weeks the United Kingdom has experienced the heaviest snowfall in thirty years. It's the most snow I've ever seen! The guidelines for this type of poetry explain that each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word which indicates which season the Haiku is set. For example cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow winter etc. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to allow some haiku to emerge. I hope you enjoy these and better still, are inspired to write some of your own.
Guidelines for Writing Haiku
- Haiku poems consist of 5, 7, 5 syllables in three lines.
- The cutting divides the Haiku in two parts with a certain imaginative distance between the two sections. Line one and two should be different images. Line three brings the two images together.
- Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word which indicates which season the Haiku is set. For example cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow winter etc. The season word isn’t always that obvious.
- Try to write a haiku only about what actually happens to you.
- Write when you have been deeply moved. Keep it honest, simple, clear and modest.
- Try not to explain, it should need no explanation. Try not to express feelings in words, let the concrete action speak for itself.
Guidelines for Reading Haiku and Other Poetry
Rule One - Read Them Slowly! It's Like Eating Chocolate
Savour every word and every line. Reading verse can be like eating chocolate - so much more pleasurable when you allow it slowly to melt inside of you, so much less rewarding when you snap off big chunks and bolt them whole, all but untasted. In our age, one of the glories of poetry is that it remains an art that demonstrates the virtues and pleasures of taking your time. You can never read a poem too slowly, but you can certainly read one too fast.
Read out loud. Among the pleasures of poetry is the sheer physical, sensual, textural, tactile pleasure of feeling the words on your lips, tongue, teeth and vocal chords.
Rule Two - Don't Look for Meaning
Never worry about ‘meaning’ when you are reading poems. Just as the reading of each poem takes time, so a relationship with the whole art of poetry itself takes time. Observation of Rule One will allow meaning to emerge at its own pace.
black and white fields
the colour has been sucked out
all covered in snow
eating scraps at the station
no food in the snow
its all behind me
can’t feel that part anymore
sitting on the bench
never been so cold
trudging across the tundra
going to the shops
rear wheel drive no good for snow
it gets me nowhere
igloos in the snow
so bored with building snowmen
it’s whiter than them
as they walk and search for food
sheep outlined by snow
white sheep aren’t so white
against the blanketed snow
easy to see them
a smooth tablecloth
replaces colour with white
that’s my back garden
Flurry of white spray
as the tree unburdens snow
sitting on the train
watching the white fields go by
haiku come to mind
pigeons on the roof
huddling together for warmth
with nowhere to go
frozen like statues
nowhere to go in the snow
hugging the rooftops
as the weather turns
snowdrops the promise of spring
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