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What's the Appeal of Haiku?

Updated on December 12, 2016
Traditional haiku often has nature as the theme.
Traditional haiku often has nature as the theme. | Source

Relax and enjoy the sounds of Nature as you read.

What Is the Appeal of Haiku?

What is it about Japanese haiku that makes it so appealing to some and so difficult for others? There are versions of haiku. The traditional form is most widely attempted by poets. It appeals because of the challenge of considering your subject in nature and finding the most concise way to convey your thought to the reader while maintaining your thoughts' integrity.

The difficulty exists for the same reasons: writers are lovers of words. To reduce thoughts to its lowest common denominator, the least number of words and still express the thought, is a challenge that many poets don't care to undertake.

Haiku, the Japanese poetry first originating in the late1800s/early 1900s, can be an addictive form of writing and poetic expression. Haiku often has elements of nature throughout, usually with a seasonal focus. Japanese haiku requires the writer to condense his or her thoughts to 17 syllables, arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern of 3 verses.

However, haiku can be an enjoyable challenge as you must embrace the discipline of truly collecting your thoughts and presenting them efficiently, still retaining the beauty of the words while conveying the essential elements of the subject.


To the Creative Minds at Hubpages

The following haiku are dedicated to all the creative individuals at Hubpages, a unique group, forming a community thriving on words, art and photography.

The topics found at Hubpages are nearly limitless. The voices and styles are as unique as the hubbers. The haiku dedicated here are nontraditional in form because they are written about these special people, not about nature, as are traditional haiku.

Across all mediums, the writer, the photographer, the artist wants you to understand and to enjoy their efforts, regardless of the form their art takes. Consider these my tribute in haiku to you.

Fireworks, explosions of thought. A representation of hubbers.
Fireworks, explosions of thought. A representation of hubbers. | Source

Haiku Tribute to Hubpages Writers


Words blocked until,

Gazing at the sunset's ebb,

Words flow like waterfalls.




That aha! moment

When words wink, then burn brightly,

like fireworks filling voids.



Idle pens are sometimes a writer's instrument of torture.
Idle pens are sometimes a writer's instrument of torture. | Source

Penned by lovers

Words softly caress each page

Sad then gay, in turns.



Even as we dance,

Bold words fly across white pages,

Leaping from our minds.


Anxiously we wait

For the Muse to seal our fate.

The brush, the pen to speak.



All rights reserved, April 12, 2012.

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Bobbi, Thank you so much for reading and, most of all, enjoying this! I really appreciate the feedback from you. Thank you for sharing. Take care! Cyndi

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      You make me smile. Thanks so much Frank. Stay warm!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Cyndi10,

      Thanks for writing such a beautiful poem---it was my first this morning with my coffee. I will think of this all day.

      Bobbi Purvis

      I will share with Twitter and pin on my re-pin board at Pinterest.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      still amazing after all these years :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Michael, Thank you so much for voting up and sharing! I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a creative week.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Cyndi10,

      I am sure a lot of hubbers will relate to this haiku.

      Words blocked until,

      Gazing at the sunset's ebb,

      Words flow like waterfalls

      It's me to a tee. For sure.

      Voting up and all the right buttons. Sharing.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Christy, Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh yes, we hubbers know that 'aha' moment you write about :) A great tribute to hubbers that I must share!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi lshwaryaa22, I'm so glad you liked the haiku. You are so correct. The writers here are so gifted. I appreciate being a part of the community. Thank you so much for voting and sharing! Enjoy the weekend.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A well-versed haiku! A befitting tribute to a community of gifted writers! You are not only a very good writer but also a good poet! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful. Voted up

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Doctor, thank you so much for the favorable comment!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Sue, Thanks so much for reading and enjoying. It's a wonderful way to start my day.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Cyndi

      Love your haikus

      Especially

      "That aha! moment

      When words wink and burn brightly,

      fireworks filling voids."

      I can so relate.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Angelo, Thank you so much for your positive comment!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very cool and inspiring.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello rajan, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to let me know that you like my work. I appreciate that!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and so alive. Good job.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Christy, Glad you enjoyed the Haiku for Hubbers. The haiku are fun, aren't they? Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the Haiku and have written a few myself. I like that you tailored yours for Hubbers! Well done.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi there, from what I see of your writing, the words seem to flow pretty good. Thanks so much for reading and for the compliment!

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      How beautiful! and how I wish to find the inspiration that would make "words flow like waterfalls". At best all I get is a drip, as if from a leaking tap.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello SanneL, I appreciate your comment about my haiku. Thank you so much for taking a look!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful work! Your haiku's are just lovely.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Snowdrops, It was my pleasure!!! Thank you for leaving the comment.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Thank for this Cyn!! Very beautiful haiku! voted up and all.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Suzette, Thanks so much for taking a look at Haiku for Hubbers. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and took the time to leave a comment.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is absolutely wonderful haiku, Cyndi. And the photos that go with it are wonderful also. I really enjoyed reading this and can relate to your thoughts and images so well. Bravo!!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi rahul, glad you liked my tribute. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      The perfect haikus for Hubbers :)

      Great work

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for taking a look and taking the time to leave such nice compliments.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This was truly special. Thanks so much for dedicating it to us (hubbers).

      The rose and notebook photo is stunning.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Susan, Thank you so much for leaving such a comment.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, I'm so glad you like the haiku. All of you gave me the inspiration. I enjoy yours and so many others writing. It feels like the talent is endless. Thank you for sharing and for your kind comment!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful haiku!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very nice haiku - from one hubber to another - I can definitely relate. Thanks for the beautiful words. Shared, up and awesome!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      From one haiku lover to another, thank you so much for looking at mine and taking the time to comment!

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      superb haiku you got..!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Writing haiku are fun. Thanks for taking a look at mine. Glad you liked them.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I love doing haiku, and I love reading haiku.

      Yours are lovely compositions.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, it's about the words. Thanks for voting up. Oh, I left a comment at your hub about Get the Most Comments. It looks like you're having a great day!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's all about words, isn't it, for hubbers? Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, thank you for the feedback. Hubbers are special, my small way of saying I appreciate the company of the creative and gifted.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous Haiku's Cyndi! A well done hubber tibute!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Annie, you are an expert at caressing those pages!! Thank you for the comments and for sharing.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Freya, I'm so glad you thought them beautiful. Thank you so much.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Vellur, Thank you so much for taking the time to read the verses and to vote!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, I do appreciate that from you!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh Cyndi, your haiku are just awesome and so relevant, every one of us can relate. How good is it when those words do "softly caress each page". Now that is music to my ears. Your haiku is inspiring, thank you. My votes, best wishes and sharing!!

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      Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      beautiful haiku. Thank you for the thought, Cindy.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Excellent Haiku verses. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      These are stunning--beautifully done!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Ruchira, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading. As you know very well, this is a special place at Hubpages, filled with some pretty special, talented people. All of the talent is inspiring, yours included. Thanks for commenting.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      great haiku Cyndi. You spoke all our hubbers mind via this beautiful haiku....cheers!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Raciniwa, Glad you liked them. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      way to go...this is a great haiku...

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Caroline, thank you so much for the vote up.

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      All of them are great. Voted up. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Movie Master, thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      So glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fabulous, fabulous haiku's, I love them all!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Katrine, Thanks for taking a look!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Cyndi, Haiku is interesting because in just a few words you can paint a big picture. Thank you.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Eddy, Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Truly great Haiku poetry.

      Take care and I look forward to many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      I love that "our little hubbing hearts." Thanks for reading.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Beautifully executed haiku that expresses our little hubbing hearts.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Couldn't find a worthier group. There's a lot of talent and dedication at Hubpages. It shows in the writing.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Quite a journey it is. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm so glad you enjoyed these. We know those words aren't quite that easy, but sometimes we get in the zone and then.... Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment for me.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad you took the time to read them and leave a comment.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Frank, Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed reading them. This is a really special group here. Just wanted to pay homage.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You wrote a beautiful poem for writers, thank you, Joyce.

      I'll have to save it and read more in to it later.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it! Great job of capturing the writing journey!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      What a lovely haiku tribute! Would that words did flow like waterfalls. Your haiku makes it all sound so easy and flowing. Loved it. Voted up and beautiful.

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Cyndi10-

      Indeed, Hubpages is blessed with several talented Haiku voices. Yours high among them.

      -DW

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Cyndi they are all simply amazing :) Frank