a beginning writer of haiku I realize there is much left to
learn. At the outset of my learning experience, I had the
preconceived notion that haiku consisted of a three line poem
with seventeen syllables. I quickly learned otherwise. Haiku
should be brief, talk about nature (other than human nature),
sense of imagery, written in the present tense, and create
a sense of awe or wonder.
haiku selected have some or, in rare cases all of the aforementioned
attributes. They reference nature, present tense, and have
a sense of imagery. As to brevity and awe, although one or
two may vaguely achieve these goals, there is still work to
be done. That is the beauty found in writing haiku: poems
that require continuous refinement by the author and never
quite finished. The mechanics of writing haiku comes with
practice, while the feelings of the writer evolve with life
experiences that change viewpoints and memories.
me the most important criteria for writing haiku are to share
a thought, feeling, or memory with others. I hope you enjoy
reading my haiku as much as I have enjoyed writing them.