It’s Poetry Friday and a busy week for me, so here is a quick haiku inspired by a morning walk.
Have a great Friday!
This spider gave me a fright today, as I tried to hang out the washing. It’s a golden orb. Harmless, but still scared me. Later, though, it inspired a haiku.
The lovely Tania McCartney has started a 52 Week Illustration challenge on her blog and on Facebook.
She invited me to join and (after I stopped laughing) I thought ‘why not?’
The thing is, I can’t draw to save myself, and whilst I’ve often heard people say ‘anyone can learn to draw’ I think that’s about as true as ‘anyone can learn to write’ – ie a bit true, but to do so requires a dedication which I don’t have (in regards to drawing, but not to writing). I want to be awesome at writing, and trying to get there takes almost all my time, so for the forseeable future I won’t be taking up art.
However, I paint with words, or at least I try to. So I wondered if I could join in the challenge by contributing a little poem on each week’s topic. Of course Tania, being the lovely person she is, thought that sounded fine, so I’m in.
And, for my first effort, on the topic of eggs, I decided a haiku migt be appropriate.
Haiku are poems
But haiku should never rhyme
Haiku make you think
Pemberthy decided to write a haiku this morning, and I helped him find some information about the form to include his blog.
The search led me to a site which has a listing of over 500 poetic forms. You can see the list here. Each poetic term is a clickable link which leads you to an explanation of the form and, in many cases, further links to examples of the form. It’s fun to experiment with different poetic forms. It can also be great for discipline.
Writing a haiku requires you to bare everything down to just 17 syllables. Abbreviated haiku, I’ve just discovered, have even less – just nine syllables. Other forms need very specific rhyme or rhythm patterns.
Even if you don’t think you’re a poet, why not have a go? You could start with something relatively simple (and fun) such as a limerick, or might want to challenge yourself with any of the other 500 forms. Pemberthy and I will certainly be exploring further.
Let me know how you get on.