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Updated on December 17, 2017

Well Connected - A Haiku

Today we experienced the heaviest snowfall in the UK in the last eighteen years! Driving home I was amazed to see sheep still grazing in the fields as if it were a normal day. As it sometimes happens, a haiku jumped out at me.

nibbling unseen grass

sheep connected to the ground

their heads in the snow


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


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    • Russ Baleson profile image

      Russ Baleson 9 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi guys, thanks for the comments. Mighty Mom, I really like your haiku! Although I respect the traditional format, I think that the 575 rule is enough. It still portrays an image and tells a complete story. Bare branched limbs does suggest the season and set the scene well. One of my favourite quotes of wesdom is, "Learn the rules and know them well and then forget them". Go well, Russ

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      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Yikes! I've been trading emailed haiku with a pal for several months. The only rule we stick to is the 5/7/5 rule. The images, season, etc. are not part of "our" haiku rules. These are pretty limiting! But I'll give it a whirl

      Bare branched limbs enfold

      Prized nut grasped between front paws 

      Squirrel comfort food

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      okay, i'll try as soon as though I know a haiku is a tricky thing, seems simple but no sir! :D

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      Tony McGregor 9 years ago from South Africa

      Glad you didn't run over the haiku?!

      Great Hub, Russ!

      Here we only have rain, rain and some more rain, but no snow!

      Love and peace