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Haiku - At the Beach

Updated on August 19, 2012

My first haiku

I decided to try my hand at haiku since I have seen several that are doing this and I love to read these! This is my very first one, so if you see something that's not right, please feel free to give me some pointers on how to improve.

Anticipating beach and sun

Panoramic ocean views

Surfers catching waves

Expensive seaside resorts

Golden dunes

Umbrellas on the sand

Boat rentals, private tours

Snorkeling adventures

Glass bottom catamarans

Crabs and shells

Starfish and Urchins

Snorkeling the rocky coral reef

Summer fun

Soon to end

Clouds are moving in

Dark skies

Winds whipping, sails up

Ships heading for the pier

Sharks sighted

Dolphins too

Purple warning flag

Large waves

Stormy weather

Abandoned beaches

About Haiku

I don't know a whole lot about these, but have enjoyed the ones others have done so much that I finally had to try my own hand at this to see what I could come up with. One thing that all the Haiku's I have discovered and read on HubPages have had in common is they have at least one beautiful picture, and several have had more than one. The images are always spectacular and usually have something to do with nature, or life.

The written art of haiku originated in Japan, but there are now two forms of haiku, the American and the Japanese. Traditionally these poems consisted of seventeen syllables, in lines of five, seven, and five, but today they are not always restricted to this rule and often have less or more syllables than the usual seventeen. (Mine is not the traditional kind as I have not stuck to the rule of seventeen.) The Japanese haiku is usually structured in one vertical line, but the American style is typically done in three horizontal lines. These poems do not have to rhyme, and although they can if the author wants them to, most of the time they do not.

Haiku's use very few words to describe and create a lovely picture in your mind.



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      6 years ago

      Neat to find these lines at summer's end! I'm one who would rather be in the water than on it or on the beach, but I have always wondered what it would be like to be able to stand at the end of a long ocean dock in a big storm. If it were safe, it would be amazing to embrace the whirling wind and water with outstretched arms and wide open eyes!

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      Steph Simpson 

      6 years ago from Sheffield, UK

      Just stumbled across this hub when I was doing a search for haiku - because I wanted to know what they were. They look difficult to execute properly - I think you've done a good job here :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I came back to visit these beautiful haikus again. I so enjoy them.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Maybe you should publish more haiku. I came back for second read and I loved it.

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      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      I just clicked a bunch of buttons up there... Your first Haiku was just perfect in my humble opinion...beautifully expressed and shown!

      That first beach picture has to be low tide...and what a dramatic photo!

      All your pix were beautifully fitting too.

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      Cathleena Beams 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you - I would love to read yours also when you finish it.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your beautiful collection of Haiku poetry has inspired me. I want to give it a try. Lovely photos add a touch of reality. Good choice. Thanks.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Cathleena,

      I have published couple of haikus on Hubpages, and I also do not follow standard pattern. Yours first attempt does not look like from first timer.

      Thanks for sharing these beautiful compositions.


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      Dora Weithers 

      8 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lovely poem, and I don't know much about haiku either. I know that your phrases were beautiful and interesting.

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      Claudia Tello 

      8 years ago from Mexico

      I think you did a great job with your first Haiku, it really made me feel at the beach :)

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      Cathleena Beams 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you, yssubramanyam, my friend here on HubPages and also on Facebook.

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      8 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      heavenly. it is my virtue to enjoy the scenes.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      amazing photos and a lovely set of haikus my dear.

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      Kyndall Smith 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee

      Great poem! I love the beach so I really got into it! =)

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      Cathleena Beams 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow - I never imagined so many comments would come this quickly. Thank you to all of you for letting me know that you enjoyed my first haiku poem. It's probably going to take me awhile to return so many visits, but I will do so as time permits.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautiful written Haiku and the photos are so beautiful has well .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely poems and photos too! thank you - voting up and awesome!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful haikus and pretty photos did a great job!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very impressive haikus. The photos too match up to them. I agree, haikus say so much in such few words.

      Voted up and beautiful, Cathleena.

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      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Your haikus are great, and the pictures were a good choice.


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      Cynthia B Turner 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Very descriptive. Enjoyed reading them. Great photo.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      I really enjoyed this little collection :) voted awesome :)

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      8 years ago

      I like these. The pictures came to mind as I read each haiku. I have written some myself but so far only in the traditional 3 line 5-7-5 style.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was your first? Excellent!

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      8 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Photo and the haikus are just terrific.....awesome ....all votes up...shares

      The first haiku and its so nice, Catheleena

      Eagerly waiting for your many nexts...:-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      8 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome!! I think that they are all great, and you seem to be quite good, even though you never did it before.

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      8 years ago from usa

      Very descriptive poem about the beach and I really enjoyed the way you created an ending for this Haiku. Hope to read more.

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      Cathleena Beams 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you Suzette Naples. I love that Haiku's are short and sweet and the photos are almost always awesome!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very nice haikus. I enjoyed reading these and the photos are great!


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