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Alpha-Haiku

Updated on September 10, 2014

I invented a kind of poetry called the "Alpha-Haiku". It's a twist on the traditional Haiku that requires the writer to use word that all begin with the *same* letter, for the whole poem!

How to Alpha-Haiku:

All Haiku poems must adhere to the "5-7-5 Rule". The three lines of a Haiku must contain (in order) 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. In addition, each Haiku should tell a story, or paint a strong mental image for the reader.


With the Alpha-Haiku, I added the extra rule of using words that all start with the same first letter. You can choose any letter, as long as you use it all the way through the entire poem. And, it still has to make sense!


Here are some examples of Alpha-Haikus that I've written. In the comments section at the end, feel free to try one of your own!



Ode to A

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Annoying Aardvarks
Are Always Adding Ad-libs
After Anecdotes

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Ode to B

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Belittling Bees
Begets Bothersome Battles
By Belligerent Bugs

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Ode to C

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Cats Catching Critters
Canines Crunching Crisp Chipmunks
Classic Carnivores!

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Ode to D

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Disgusting Doggies
Dumping Dreadful Damp Droppings
Directly Downwind

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Ode to E

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Enter Excited
Endure Endless Enticements
Exit Exhausted

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Ode to F

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Fanning Frantically
Fleeing From Flatulent Frogs
Fighting From Fainting

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Ode to G

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Greedy Green Gremlins
Govern Grandiose Gardens
Guarding Golden Gates

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More coming soon!

Some letters are tougher than others. I'm working my way through the entire alphabet. Keep checking back to see my progress!

Your turn! Try writing your own Alpha-Haiku here...

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      Thanks, Janice. :) I hope you'll give this way a try. Come back and post one if you do!

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels -Thanks for visiting!

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      JanieceTobey 3 years ago

      I enjoy Haiku! I've never seen it done with every word starting with the same letter though. Very creative!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Love these - they sound great to do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      That kind of learning is my favorite kind, Nancy! :)

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      Keep checking back, Lesley! I'm committed to finishing the entire alphabet.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Not only all of that, but it's fun to read too. Kids should love it and not even realize they're learning something! (smile)

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      TheLesleyShow 3 years ago from US

      Hilarious! Flatulent frogs being my favorite. LOL! I'm curious to see what you do with the rest of the alphabet myself.

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      Tony, I'm a little worried about X, too...

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      @mumsgather - It' a fun way to enforce the concept of alliteration!

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Love what you did so far. Q and Z might be interesting.

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      That's excellent for kids. Going to teach it to my kids. Thanks.

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      I look forward to reading your efforts, Lyn! :)

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      Lyn 3 years ago

      Thses are fun! I'll have to try some later. Thanks!