Many of us fell in love with haiku trying our hands at poetry for the first time in elementary school. The 17-syllable form is simple and accessible, yet offers room for depth, nuance, and beauty in a tiny space. Today, we’re delighted to share five favorite haiku from poets around WordPress.com.
“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.”
— Robert Graves
wind rustles the leaves
strips the branches down to bark
then skeletons dance
Through the window bars,
the moon appears in one piece.
She decides to leave.
What does Neha’s poem suggest to you? Drop by and let her know.
Melinda J. Irvine
Melinda J. Irvine is an Australian copywriter, poet, author, and musician. In addition to haiku, she writes all types of poetry and has sections of her site dedicated to free verse, limerick, prose poetry, and senryu, among other forms. We loved the melancholy feeling in “Someone Before Me.” The accompanying photograph documents the scene.
on a lonely shore
someone had stood before me
webbed footprints in sand
Ten Thousand Haiku
Calvin Olsen, the poet behind Ten Thousand Haiku, is on a mission to create — you guessed it — 10,000 haiku, a project expected to take 27 years at one haiku per day. We loved the beauty of breakfast, courtesy of haiku 2542.
Corn meal waffle spills
From the iron: sweet batter
Hardens on one side
“The poet is the priest of the invisible.”
— Wallace Stevens
the poetry of photography
Melinda Green Harvey posts a black-and-white image and an accompanying haiku every day at the poetry of photography. We loved the way she makes the seemingly mundane beautiful by documenting it with an image and a few words.
Detail: joists and wall
and smattering of shingles.
Springlake’s fire station.
For more, check out the haiku tag in the WordPress.com Reader.
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