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Creating Haiku Looks Deceptively Simple

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Cynthia - a freelance writer believing in the power of words and the magic of storytelling whether in poetry or prose.

Haiku can be beautiful, like the rose and deceptively simple, like the rose.
Haiku can be beautiful, like the rose and deceptively simple, like the rose. | Source

Haiku Expresses Nature and Emotions Simply

Haiku can express a myriad of emotions and observations of nature using very few words. By definition, haiku is a form of poetry that has been cut down to the use of only 17 syllables in three lines to express thoughts. The form of poetry was developed in Japan and, in its purist form, was usually associated with nature.

Haiku dates from the 9th Century Japan and was originally called "tanka," a method of writing progressive poetry. Samurai, Basho Matsuo, who lived 1644 - 1694, was considered a master at haiku. He used the traditional method of haiku. The poems are written is just one line.

While it may sound simple to create haiku, it can be difficult to condense thought into such compact delivery of three lines of five, seven and five syllables, especially for many seasoned writers since our stock and trade is words - the more words, the better the content. Haiku forces better content with fewer words. The writing still has to convey a coherent thought. It can prove to be a massive, even daunting feat.

The following are a few examples of haiku expressing different views of nature:



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Icy fingers stretch

slowly outward searching for

soft summer petals.



Yellow, gold, red leaf

sparkling with purest raindrops

against the cloudless blue sky.



Endless songs we shared

blend with steamy summer nights,

breezes scented sweetly.



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Words flow across pages

thoughtless, pithy, meaningless

Inherit silence.



Desolate gardens

speak tales of sadness, longing

The summer sun blinds.





© 2012 Cynthia B Turner

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    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello starstream, I hope you had a wonderful Holiday over on the West Coast. Thank you so much for your comment. I'm happy you enjoyed the hub. I agree with you, haiku is a wonderful way to get kids hooked on creative thought and poetry. Take care.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Perspycacious, Thank you for dropping in. I agree, they can be quite addictive. I appreciate the comment and the added information.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      What a beautiful hub. The pictures ,haiku, and music was lovely. It would be fun to inspire your older kids to try creating some of the poetry illustrated here.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I've had fun with Hubs I call "American Haiku" because I use them to write of "human nature" whereas the Japanese form is devoted to "Mother Nature." When these 17 syllables are devoted to point out the less than divine nature of some behaviors they are called "Senryu."

      I prefer to stick to my American creations, but Hubbers have been known to have lots of fun with every one of these forms, and once you start creating them you may get hooked.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Deonne, Glad to meet you. I see you find Virginia as beautiful as I do. And everything is about to bloom all over the mountains. I agree about the cost of living in Northern VA. I would be there now if not for that.

      Thanks so much for taking a look at the Simplicity of Haiku. It's fun. I think you will enjoy the stretch, creating this form of poetry. I'll be looking out for your haiku and your other work.

      Take good care.

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      This is the second article I've read on haiku today in HP. I find this form of writing unique and plan to give it a try myself. I love learning new things!

      Re your last comment about spending your childhood in VA. I have been in Lynchburg now for (3) years. I moved from Indianapolis, IN to Stafford, VA in 1998. I left Northern VA to come to Lynchburg because of the lower cost of living and my career was winding down. I love it here! Such a wonderful pace and the mountains are terrific. I look out of my bedroom window each day and express gratitude for them and my neighbors. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and spent the majority of my life there. I'm thrilled that we are following each other.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much and you know I don't believe that about the haiku! Looks like you could conquer whatever you choose. Take care.

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      snowdrops 

      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Hi Cyndi..i love it all.. i don't know how to write haikus.hehehe

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, you have such wonderful work yourself, I really appreciate your comment even more. Thank you so much for taking the time!

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Cyn! I'm soo jealous of your haikus! So amazing and beautiful write. all of it, its such a beauty.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Vinaya, Thanks for reading. So pleased that you think they're good. I like that..."gems in a necklace."

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      These haiku are gems in a necklace, difficult to pick the best one.

      Cheers

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, Thank you so much for commenting on my haikus. I am so happy that you liked them.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh--these are lovely--I especially loved the last one---really lovely writing!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for taking a look at my haikus and taking the time to comment. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Dawn 

      6 years ago

      Loved it.. Perfect haikus these.. I loved the one on longing! Have a blessed day! Shalom!

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, I'm so glad you read and enjoyed the Haiku. Thank you so much for commenting.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, these Haiku are beautiful, I particularly liked Longing, but the others were lovely too.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Sunshine, Thank you for your comments on my Haiku. Thank you, too, for being my 101 follower!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Cyndi! I love Haiku and yours are beautiful. Thumbs Up!:)

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate the vote up. Thank you!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      These Haiku poems are absolutely fabulous!

      Fantastic work and voted up.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Raciniwa, Nice to hear your comments. I appreciate that you took the time read and comment. It's even better when you like what I've written. Be blessed and creative this year.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Russ, I can't thank you enough for letting me know what you think of my work! Have a Happy and Creative New Year.

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      love this Haiku...this speaks so much of you...

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      Russ Baleson 

      6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Cyndi, I really enjoyed reading your work. I particularly liked: Desolate gardens, speak tales of sadness, longing. Lovely when read aloud. Thank you. Russ

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Writer20, I'm so glad you read my work and took a moment to vote it up.

      Hi Frank, It means a lot when you like the writing. Thanks so much.

      Hi EclecticFusion, Thank you for taking a look and commenting. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Lisa 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Excellent haiku writing! I enjoy forming a haiku every now and then, too. "Songs" was my favorite!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      I agree with Sky you make them seem so simple.. great job!!! :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I really enjoyed your poem and feel the same way you do.

      Vote up and awesome.

    • Cyndi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Sky, Thank you for finding my Haikus enjoyable. They were really fun to write - not so easy, but fun.

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      You sure make it look simple Cyndi. But I give full respect and recognition to those like you who seem to have what it takes . Great to see you on-board with with those thoughtful works of art.

      Thanks for sharing . Great poem.

      Bless.

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