World Poetry Day

Learning to Write #8

I wrote some haiku for World Poetry Day and took them out and about with me for some photographs.


I learnt a couple of things from this – firstly that you need to have strict quality control with haiku, you can just throw words out there and count those syllables, it’s too easy to write sloppy haiku. Secondly, if you use the first line as a constant theme across multiple haiku then you don’t have many syllables left for the poem itself! Using a picture in the background helps, that isn’t cheating is it?


And you know what? I really think haiku likes being free and public. Poetry needs to get out more, it’s a bit shy, I know, but there isΒ a world of opportunity out there.




4 Comments Add yours

  1. M. Sakran says:

    It’s nice you took your haiku out, as shy as they are. Maybe they might meet a couple of lines and become a tanka? Who knows, they might meet a nice paragraph, and become a haibun? Thankfully, you are helping them get out more. πŸ™‚


    1. drbpoems says:

      Yes πŸ™‚ tanka are quite fun too, I didn’t think I’d like the formal structure but it’s quite fun really


  2. πŸ™‚ I think i’ll send a poem in with my taxes!


    1. drbpoems says:

      That’s a good plan πŸ™‚ I think we should do stuff like that


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