Haiku Love, Written For Lovers, Ex-Lovers and the In-Between

Surprisingly, given its brevity, a haiku love poem can very effectively portray the vagaries of that emotion called love. Love itself is a mystery the everyone is intent on mastering. It's in our DNA. Haiku love poems are also a mystery that must be mastered. How do you portray such a complex emotion, in all its stages, with so few words and still have your audience understand the words? To have a visceral reaction to the emotions?

Haiku can express in a few words the ebb and flow of relationships, the highs and lows of love found and love lost. Haiku poems, originating in Japan, are short 17 syllable expressions typically written about emotions or nature. The syllables are written in 5-7-5 order and can be one word or a combination of words that make up the 5-7-5 order.

It is not necessary to rhyme haiku, although some haiku may rhyme. That could be accidental rather than by the design of the poet.

Since there are so few words that are used in haiku poetry, the initial thought is that it would be quite easy to write haiku and a breeze to write haiku love poems. In fact, the opposite is true. The sheer brevity, the limited number of words that can be used, is a challenge for anyone who writes.

I compare writing haiku to a collapsing star, a supernova: you must capture an explosion of words, then harness that energy of thought and collapse it into the least amount of space. Your thoughts must be expressive, your thoughts must portray a sense of beauty, regardless of the subject and your thoughts must be concise. In a world where words fly about like meteors on a clear night, it's not an easy feat.

Here are a few haiku love poems that follows the course of love. Enjoy and share!


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In the Beginning

I ask for nothing.

You wait, warm lips inviting.

Eyes dart to raindrops.


Softly

Caribbean breeze

caresses smoldering hearts.

Lovers field of dreams.


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You

You only, hold me

Wrapped in love forever 'til

Love flies free like birds.


Trade Winds

Vanilla trade winds

Carrying the scents of love

Wafting through windows.


Maybe

Cold winds send shivers

Sunset melting into night.

Moonlit dreams haunt me.



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Coldly

Sun shone so coldly.

Sadly, there was you and me

Going up in flames.


Deja 'Vu

You are deja 'vu,

When forced to watch you go

With a heart bled dry.


Empty

Heart in transit now

Still not knowing where to turn,

Empty with no you.


Ending

So cold and alone,

Feels like a lover's cliché.

Moonlight won't warm me.


Copyright 2012 Cynthia Turner

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

"In the Beginning" is captivating.

Softly is soothing.

Empty is beautiful.

Ending is perfect.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

I am left in "awe" Cyndi. There are your cards and I am open as a sales man . They are all very nice and because I am familiar with the Caribbean , I already feel the breeze.

Thanks for a very enjoyable read with great memories.

Bless.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Vinaya, Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my Haiku. I'm pleased you enjoyed them.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hey Sky, Put a stamp on them and send them off! Thanks so much for taking a look. With your talent, I'm so glad you thought these to be good.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

these are so nice a wonderful little collection Cyndi10


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for taking a look.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

love the combination of all the emotions here Cyndi...well captured...


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad to have your comments, Raciniwa. I hoped you would take a look at them. Thanks so much.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Cyndi I've read many different ways poets have done their haiku's and yours is unique with each haiku bringing forth feelings & images of all three situations superbly.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Alastar, Thank you so much for that positive comment. I appreciate you reading and enjoying my haiku. They are addictive.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This whole cycle is beautifully done--you are a very visual poet--nice!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautifully written. I really like how you've gone from the beginning with all of your emotions to the sad end.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm so glad you stopped to read and comment. Even better that you enjoyed the haiku. Thanks so much.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Audrey, Thank you so much for commenting and enjoying the haiku. It means a lot to me when others like what I've written.


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JamesPoppell 4 years ago

I have never heard of this form or poetry (Haiku). This is a beautiful, well written poem. Thank you for SHARING


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello James, Thank you for taking the time to read these. I'm so glad you like them! I appreciate you sharing them on Valentine's Day.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Hello Cyndi,How are you? (Konichi Wa, Ikaga Desu Ka?)

I enjoyed your Haiku very much, the flow from beginning to end and the individual messages.

Voted up.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Curiad, Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! My brother has taken Japanese. so I'll have to ask him what you said :-).


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Hi again Cyndi, All I said was Good day, How are you?

:)


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh yeah, I thought as much. Anyway, goes well with the haiku. Hope your day is going well! Be sure to visit again!


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Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

I enjoyed reading your "Haiku for lovers," beautiful writing and nice collection.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I appreciate you stopping in and reading my Haiku. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a such a positive comment.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....not such a big fan of the Haiku form - for the epi-man it's too restraining for his scope and imagination - lol lol - but when you put them together so artfully I absolutely love it - will post this wonderful grouping to my FB page with a direct link back here - and I have started a new FB group called LET'S JUST TALK MUSIC OR CINEMA - I would love for you to join if you're interested - my name is Colin Stewart with the same profile photo and the group title can clicked for a link - lake erie time 12:09am sending you warm wishes and good energy


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I love it when you read my work. I'm doubly happy when you say you like it. Thanks so much for reading and yes I will join your FB group since I love both the movie and music ...when I get that FB page:-)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful Cyndi. Great collection of poetry and raw emotion in every word.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello, I'm so glad you liked this collection. I was inspired by the holiday, but wanted to see it through the cycle of a relationship. Thank you for reading and voting up.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

These are tricky to master, but you have clearly been practicing ... nicely written and some interesting imagery.

Thanks for SHARING.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for the compliment and for sharing! They are tricky to write. Trying to condense your thoughts into such a tight little package and have it convey meaning, seem almost the antithesis of a writer.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wow Cyndi.

I loved it. You covered 3 arenas beautifully.

Voted up as beautiful indeed :)


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for reading. I'm even happier you enjoyed them!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I love the sequence of Haiku and the flowing story. Wonderful; just as so many other Hubbers have chimed in to tell you.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop in and read my offering. I really appreciate the compliment!


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

Hi Cyndi, I'm only just starting to explore poetry, and Haiku is something new to me. It's interesting how much can be said in a few words. Well done.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Katrine, I think you will find Haiku can become addictive. You find yourself thinking of ways to reduce your thoughts to what I call "the lowest common denominator." Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautifully done Cyndi, wonderful poetry - voted up/awesome and sharing.

Best wishes Lesley


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello, Thanks for taking a look. Glad you liked what you read. Thank you so much for sharing!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Having just tried Haiku for the first time, I am thinking I should have come here for lessons first - your haiku are just beautiful, absolutly love "trade winds" and "maybe". Thank you for showing me how it should be done.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for such very kind words! I really appreciate you reading and taking the time to leave such positive comments, especially since I think your work is so great.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Nice touch with your love haiku. It reminds us that simplicity sometimes says it best. I voted it up.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Starstream, Thank you so much for the approval of what I wrote. I find that Haiku takes some thought for me to achieve the simplicity of the writing and still convey the complexity of the thought.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nicve, Cyndi. I like deja vu


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for taking a read and leaving a comment.


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Ryan McGill 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

I really enjoyed these Cyndi. These were all welll done in my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Ryan, I'm happy you found these entertaining and took time to leave a comment. Appreciated.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Very interesting haiku. I like the "You" haiku . Voted up and more!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment and voting up.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..not a big fan of the Haiku poetry genre but you make them like art and in three epic lines you talk the talk and walk the walk so I am starting to appreciate Haikus more because you write them so well - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 9:22pm


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, thank you for such positive words about my haiku! i know that whatever you write is done so expertly. I know your haiku will be "par excellence," as well. Take care and have a creative day.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

These are a sterling example of the genre as everyone of yours here I read- I feel the emotion, sense the setting and see the scene. It takes some talent to be so evocative in 17 syllables and that is exactly what you have doen here... beautiful!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, thank you for such kind words. I am so pleased you think so highly of my work. Read on anytime. Take care.


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Jen Card 3 years ago

Beautiful work of art. I love how you put a collection together like that. Very well put together Haiku. Thank you for sharing!


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Oh I'm so glad you like the Haiku. I wanted to write about the phases of love in as few words as possible and still convey the magnitude of love. I hope I've done that.

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Take care.

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