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Haiku Holiday

Updated on April 6, 2016

I've just come back from a week's holiday in Cornwall, the most Southern part of the United Kingdom - one of my most favourite places for enjoying nature, beauty, peace and quiet, beaches, quaint villages, walking, etc.

The Coast Path runs all the way round the Cornish coast for 258 miles and is all a public right of way. From towering cliffs, windblown estuaries, superb surf beaches, fishing coves, harbours, to sheltered tree lined creeks, even an island topped by a castle.


I often find Haiku a challenge on one level and yet sometimes I'm fortunate.  Sometimes it happens the way I believe it should, it just emerges from instict.

I respect and admire the Haiku tradition but I don't get too concerned about following the strict format of haiku rules. I instinctively allow a compact portrayal to emerge of what I am trying to express and let it come across in the 5,7,5 syllable format.

Here are some guidelines for writing haiku.

  • Haiku poems consist of 5, 7, 5 syllables in three lines.
  • 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.
  • 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.

My Holiday Haiku


waving endlessly

refreshing my inner thoughts

holiday delight


the sound of the sea

the ebb and flow of soothing

nothing quite like it




mister fisherman

standing and staring in hope

it might just catch on


lying on the hill

overlooking kenack sands

soaking up the sun


cove serenity

walked along the coastal path

a fitting reward





never gets angry

even when i lose my way

my satnav lady


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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi, thanks for your comments. Judging from your hub 'A Poet's Speculation', you have all the insight and feel to write great haiku. Looking forward to reading yours. Russ

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Thanks for this useful guideline. I may try this yet.

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Coral, I feel that as long as they flow, as you say they do, I wouldn't worry too much about tradition and form, etc. Often I find this slows down the creativity and flow. Thanks for your comments and Merry Christmas.

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      Coral Rose 6 years ago

      I confess that I'm not following the seasonal rule. I like to just let them flow out of me, but I will try the more traditional way.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Vladimer, I always appreciate your comments.

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I do love this hub.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Chris, good to see you again (missed you too). Please persevere.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Missed you haiku(s)! And thanks for sharing the umm secrets to creating one - I will persevere! LOL :D

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Elisabeth, I also find them therapeutic! It's the first time I've heard someone else express the same thoughts. I would love to see your haiku. Thanks for your comments.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Dohn, it was a great holiday.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      I'm finding Haiku to be very relaxing and therapeutic

      (I'm an extreme novice)

      thanks for sharing yours!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really how you instruct the reader on how to properly write a haiku, Russ! I also enjoyed the corresponding pictures too! Needless to say you enjoyed your holiday. Great job!