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April is National Poetry Month: Haiku-A-Day Challenge

Updated on May 17, 2017
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Student of life, lifelong learner, mother, writer, artist, poet, dancer, musician, and martial artist ... passionate about all of these.

Easter Lily

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Haiku Writing Challenge

Before we get to the challenge, we’ll take a brief trip back in time to fifth grade for a simple haiku review.

A traditional Haiku has 17 syllables or “sound units.”

The syllables are broken into three lines, where:

  • the first line has five syllables
  • the second line has seven syllables
  • the final line has five syllables
  • 5/7/5

Three lines altogether is the maximum number for a Haiku because this type of poem is based in simplicity and meditation, which means that it is usually reflective of something that you have become aware of in your natural surroundings.

Here’s a sample poem from Haiku master Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694):

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again

Consider the imagery packed into 13 and 12 words in each respective poem: your imagination conjures the tranquil pond and hears the sound of the splash as ripples diminish into silence.

BASHO abandoned for poetry the samurai (warrior) status he had earned, and gradually got a reputation as a skilled poet and able critic. As a poet he is credited with elevating haiku to a highly refined "telegram art" that is marked by love of the unobtrusive.

Wildflower

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What is a Haiku?

The haiku poem began to emerge in Japan as far back as the 7th century, and the most common themes for these poems were prayers, celebration, and harvesting.

In the 1950s, haiku poetry writing became popular in the West thanks to poets such as Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac.

A haiku is a type of poem which will

  • allow you to practice focusing on specific numbers of lines and syllables in your poetry writing.
  • be a fun challenge.
  • help you to discover new ways to write about nature and your surroundings in a very meditative way.


What will my Haikus be based on?

While traditional haikus tend to focus on things found in nature, anything goes for this haiku challenge.

The object is to try a new form and put some variety into my writing projects.

I value your thoughts and feedback.

This challenge is about:

  • Perfecting my craft, sometimes painfully, sometimes effortlessly,while allowing others to watch.
  • Practise my passions

Stay tunes, as I will update this hub daily throughout the month of April with a new Haiku each day.

Milkweed

I got a surprise when I noticed this Milkweed in my yard.  I should be seeing the monarch caterpillar soon, and then butterflies.
I got a surprise when I noticed this Milkweed in my yard. I should be seeing the monarch caterpillar soon, and then butterflies. | Source

The Challenge

Write a Haiku daily. One should be written for every day of April, National Poetry Month.

At the end of the month I should have a collection of 30 original Haiku.

Wish me luck!

See you on the journey....

Day 1

Beauty of Spring time
Gentle touch, now look for more
Spring swells across fields

Signs of Spring

Purple wildflower in my backyard.
Purple wildflower in my backyard. | Source

Day 2

Forest grows lively

Howling wind assaults the air

Hair flows wild and fierce

Busy Bees

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Thanks, @rtalloni , for this beautiful haiku.

Bees buzz busily,

Sun shines bright rays on flowers,

Day ends quietly.

Day 3

Shimmering cymbals

Melody of nature yells

With thundering drums

Thunderstorm

Have you tried writing Haiku poetry?

See results

Day 4

Poetic sunshine

Bread, cheese, and a jug of wine

Fine art. Shall we dine?

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Day 5

Moon shines as spring falls

Silent hush rising slowly

Healing of nature

Healing of Nature

Plantain.....Nature's Neosporin    This is one of my favorite medicinal weeds that I find in my backyard each year.
Plantain.....Nature's Neosporin This is one of my favorite medicinal weeds that I find in my backyard each year. | Source
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Day 6

He looked at his phone,

turned pale, quickly left the room.

She watched him, smiling.

Some music to go along with the Day 6 haiku....or is it a very short, short story? You decide.

Day 7

Sunshine beams eagerly
Wait for me among pure bliss
Gardens spread quiet

The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden
The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden | Source

Day 8

Teachings in silence.
Gift of life with bitter taste.
Wood creaks. Turn around!

Graveyard in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Graveyard in Hattiesburg, Mississippi | Source

Day 9

That tree over there

Look how light filters through leaves

Makes me want to dance

Light filtering through the trees.
Light filtering through the trees.
Raindrops
Raindrops
Wheat fields
Wheat fields

Day 10

They fall from the sky,

Watery universes,

Temporary flight

Day 11


Fields wave swift and just

Voiceless song within harvest

Markets spread nearby

Day 12

Friends
Friends

Day 12

Summer spreads quickly

Gliding leaf escaping fast

Friends laugh close at hand

Day 13

Blossoms drift from the sky
Fragrant scents of memories
Flowers wave gracious

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Day 14

I hear the birds chirp

oustide my window and stop

when the sun comes up,

Day 15

Fish swim without care
A true friend is hypnotized
Balloon drifts gently

Day 16

Caress of summer
Entertained within my soul
Teasing in my mind

Day 17

Ants march all alone
Morning dew hovers above
Sunshine beams in light

Day 18

Nature grows humbly

Summer heat stands with courage

Path runs in silence

Day 19

Ripples in a pond
Sweet delights of memories
Nature grows reckless

Day 20

Grass sways without care
Winter snow is free to go
Ant marches at dawn

Day 21

Winds howling wildly
Sleeping child guarantees bliss
Thoughts swirl in my mind

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Day 22

Dust glides in the light
Silent hush hovers about
Changing to whispers

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Day 23

Leaf drifts. Spring is here.

Fragrant scents invade my mind

Sunshine beams carefree

Day 24

Night falls with desire
Silver lines between the stars
Slumber intertwined

Silver Lines Between The Stars

Meteor shower.....or as we call them....shooting stars
Meteor shower.....or as we call them....shooting stars

Day 25

Wood creaks. Morning comes
One last step ere farewell voiced
Winds blow to the sky

Day 26

Bells jingle. Gracious!
Silent hush now understands.
Fog shrouds game of bliss.

Day 27

Insects fly at dusk
Holding breath on summer's night
Herald sweet embrace

Day 28

Frightening houses
Lull of night assaults the air
Silence falls onward

Haunted house

Day 29 (Dedicated to my sister, Rhonda)

Stories told reckless

Snake in grass drinks life's essence

Tea's brewing. "Morning!"

Black Racer in the grass.

This haiku was written based on a story my sister told me of a racer that came to "greet" her in her yard one day.
This haiku was written based on a story my sister told me of a racer that came to "greet" her in her yard one day. | Source

Day 30

Armies march hungry

Paradise blossoms once more

Sunshine beams brightly

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In conclusion

I fell in love with poetry at a young age and, from time to time, dabbled in writing some myself.

The clock has past midnight , and it May 1st, so the Haiku challenge has officially ended.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I have enjoyed reading your works, although I may not have commented on everyone. However, although the challenge is over, I am sure I will get around to commenting on several more, so that we can keep the conversation going.

Now I am off to engage in another challenge: The Lupus Awareness Challenge. It is May 1st, which is the first day of Lupus Awareness Month.

See you around.

© 2017 Gina Welds Hulse

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 months ago from Central Florida

      Gina, your haiku are absolutely stunning! Great job, my friend!

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      Gina Welds Hulse 6 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi, Audrey. Thank you. It's been great doing this challenge. Can't wait to see what else comes up.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Day 5 is particularly beautiful!

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      Gina Welds Hulse 6 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi, Ruby. Thanks for visiting. I am having the same problem with what seems like auto-unfollowing. I'm not sure what is going in with HP.

      Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the haiku. I stopped your page earlier, also. April is so inspiring, isn't it? Looking forward to reading more of your poetry.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Your haiku poetry is beautiful. I checked to see if I was following you and I wasn't. I know that I was following you, I don't know what happened? I checked follow again on your profile site. I love all types of poetry. I also liked that you explained the technique..

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      Gina Welds Hulse 6 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Venkatachari. Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. Ms. Dora, it is always good to see you. I'm glad you've enjoyed the haiku so far. I add to this hub daily. Thanks again for visiting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the explanation on the haiku form of poetry. I've read some beautiful verses, including yours, on HubPages. Thanks!

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very much nice and entertaining. Your both haikus are good and appealing. The information provided about haiku is also very useful for other aspiring writers. A good challenge is undertaken by you. Wish you best of luck.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 6 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind words. Shannon, I did not see the ants until I had downloaded the photo from my camera. I was pleased with the result. Janis, I would love to have you join me. Even if you don't write one a day, just a few would be an achievement. Haikus are not as simple to write as they seem.

      RTalloni, I would love to give you a shout-out in my article by posting your haiku posted in the comments. I love it!

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      RTalloni 6 months ago from the short journey

      So I doubt I'll do one a day, but here's one for now:

      Bees buzz busily,

      Sun shines bright rays on flowers,

      Day ends quietly.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 6 months ago from Washington, DC

      This was a lovely and very informative read. I've never tried a traditional Haiku. Reading your hub made me want to try. Thanks for your inspiration and enthusiasm, Gina, about National Poetry Month.

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      shanmarie 6 months ago

      I love that you gave background information along with your own work, especially for those who may choose to participate in your challenge with you. I also like the picture of the milkweed. You can see the ants are enjoying it as much as you are. Great start to your challenge. Spring is the perfect subject matter.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Beautiful job and great descriptions.