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The Alphabet (A-Z) of Haiku

Updated on March 29, 2015

Introduction


The following A-Z of Haiku follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable format.

The English alphabet (also known as the Latin/Roman) as I'm sure you know, consists of 26 letters, a mixture of vowel and consonant, starting with A and ending with Z. We use it every time we speak or write English yet, from the time we learn how to use it, it tends to be taken for granted.

I've decided to dedicate some time to this venerable long line of letters, giving each one its own haiku, based on shape, sound and story.

I had great fun composing these short poems. Please feel free to come up with your own alphabet haiku!

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A is for angle
A is for angle | Source

Alphabetical Haiku


An artist's easel?

Frame for an advanced teepee?

Triangle with legs.



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B is for bee
B is for bee | Source


By blowing bubbles,

equal billowings of cloud,

for bosom effect.



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C is for certain
C is for certain | Source


Chain link come undone

like an O with a bite shaped

to fit a big horse.


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D is for done
D is for done


Door handle decides

to live next door to vowel!

Do consonants know?


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Each of us should know

Einstein's equation equals

half an aerial.



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Finding the sign post

bent like a finger, f word

in fact just forking.


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Gorgeous great big ear

listening for a silent

G, in the word gnome.


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Source


He kicks the football

right over the high crossbar.

Heaven for his team.



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Source


Incidentally

watch out for the single post -

ooops too late! Black eye!



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Source


Just my awful luck.

That fish was as big as me!

Now look. Empty hook.



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Kick contains two ks.

I see knee joints flying high!

That's crucial knowledge.


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Let's see the outline.

The straight thin man on one ski.

He isn't waving.


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Source


Maybe too much weight

caused the platform to collapse

exactly midway?


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Between M and N - Halfway Through the A-Z of Haiku


Nouns are so well known

no one notices this zed

on its side napping.



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Owls only has one.

Hoot two. Or this trick by an

eclipse of the sun.


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Prevent pole vaulting!

Put up a sign, a straight pole

and U sideways on.


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Quite right to think cue.

Pool ball struck by tip of stick -

a question of sport.


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Source


Royal rock and roll .

Rhythm and rhyme in real time.

Red hot guitar riffs!


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Symmetry of snake,

shadow, snapshot, silhouette

as sun sets, somewhere.


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The true telegraph

pole, a hieroglyph, the tau,

junction, this way, that.


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Under hypnosis

U dreamt of drinking unknown

quantities of ummmm?


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Vegetarian?

Vegan! I never touch meat!

You have a sharp tongue!


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When the water stills

wonderful reflections of

two wild peaks appear.


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X rays hit the spot.

Ten kisses for the poet

who wrote Xanadu.


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Your arms wide open!

Celebrate with cocktail glass!

Year over you yell!


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Zigzag your way through

zillions of mad zombies

to the zone of snores.


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Haiku Inspired

I hope you enjoyed this A-Z of haiku. I find haiku endlessly absorbing, they are a perfect form for a short poem. I also use them as inspiration for possible longer poems How do I do that? Well, I often find the first line of a haiku comes through observation - when I'm out in Nature or simply walking or sitting - and that can lead to more comprehensive lines. It's a sort of catalyst helping me create longer poems.

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    Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thanks Fennelseed, always nice to have a visit and comment from down under. I thought I'd challenge myself and give the alphabet a treat at the same time!

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    Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

    Oh wow, just awesome Haiku, I was remembering my favourites to mention here, but there became too many - love them all, all 26 - very cleaver and very creative and lots of fun. Votes and best wishes and sharing!!!

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    Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Thank you for the visit and comment Mhatter99. Haiku are just the thing for all the little letters sitting in the alphabet! I appreciate your time!

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    Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    You're very kind to visit and comment bac2.....it was a fun challenge to get these little poems down and give the alphabet 26 little gifts!!

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    Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Many thanks for the visit and comment dghbrh. I thought it time the good old alphabet had a bit of attention!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Well you did it. congratulations

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    Anne 5 years ago from Spain

    Hi Chef. Very interesting and unusual hub..liked it. :)

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    deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    wow....you are really fantastic with these wonderfully brilliant haiku....oh I don know so many words like you....lol....great work.. thought full gesture towards the alphabets...hats off. All are quite interesting with nice twists and tails.....its shows that you really enjoyed a lot while composing this one....!

    votes all up and shares too:-)