Topical Haiku

Well Connected - A Haiku

Today we experienced the heaviest snowfall in the UK in the last eighteen years! Driving home I was amazed to see sheep still grazing in the fields as if it were a normal day. As it sometimes happens, a haiku jumped out at me.

nibbling unseen grass

sheep connected to the ground

their heads in the snow


  • 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.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Glad you didn't run over the haiku?!

Great Hub, Russ!

Here we only have rain, rain and some more rain, but no snow!

Love and peace


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

okay, i'll try as soon as though I know a haiku is a tricky thing, seems simple but no sir! :D

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Yikes! I've been trading emailed haiku with a pal for several months. The only rule we stick to is the 5/7/5 rule. The images, season, etc. are not part of "our" haiku rules. These are pretty limiting! But I'll give it a whirl

Bare branched limbs enfold

Prized nut grasped between front paws 

Squirrel comfort food

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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi guys, thanks for the comments. Mighty Mom, I really like your haiku! Although I respect the traditional format, I think that the 575 rule is enough. It still portrays an image and tells a complete story. Bare branched limbs does suggest the season and set the scene well. One of my favourite quotes of wesdom is, "Learn the rules and know them well and then forget them". Go well, Russ

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