Let’s Share Haiku Poetry

Haiku - Japanese symbol

The kanji (symbol) for Haiku, actor

Writing Nancy’s Novelty Haiku Poetry is fun! You can do it, too! Let’s play together!

  1. This is the Educational Page in which we’ll learn more about the style(s) of Haiku.  Look for the kanji (symbol) beside the introduction of each different style below.
  2. I’ll share samples of poems I wrote in these styles, so you can see the structure “in action.”
  3. If you simply want to see Nancy’s Novelty Haiku Poetry – without explanations – Click Here.
  4. If you want to see the submissions of other poets,  Click Here or look for the name of the poet in the submenus of this page.

Want to Contribute Your Own Poetry? 

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Click Here to review the criteria and Click Here to get a copy of the submission form for those of you who would like to offer works to share on this website.

Learn About Haiku Here

What Is Haiku? “Simply what is happening in this place at this moment.”  ~ Matsuo Basho

statue of Matsuo Basho


Haiku - Japanese symbolTraditionally, haikus contain three parts: i.e., two short lines creating images and a third concluding line which helps to juxtapose the first two.

The best known haiku in Japanese literature is called ‘Old Pond’, by 17th-century Buddhist monk and poet Matsuo  Bashō.

 Old pond . . .
A frog leaps in
Water’s sound

Learn More about him and the history of the poetic form when you Click Here.

So, here’s a Haiku poem in that style. It came to me just now, as I’m creating this webpage while being aware of my surroundings.

A thin, mist-like rain

The kitten is oblivious

Pawprints everywhere.

I Take Liberties

Nancy (Ayanna) of Nancy's Novelty Haiku Poetry

Shame On Me! Or, Do You Like It?

Haiku - Japanese symbol

  1. Note: Haiku poetry does not typically include visual images (photos, GIFs, illustrations) nor the asterisks between stanzas, such as those I’ve inserted to help you learn about the style. (See examples below.)
  2. Haiku poems originally were intended to be only 3 lines long and to evoke images of nature and or seasons. Learn More Here from Master Class.

Kigo. Traditional haiku contains a kigo, a word or phrase that places it in a particular season. Signaling a season with only one word lends haiku its economy of expression.

Some of the most classic kigo are sakura (cherry blossoms) for spring; fuji (Wisteria) for summer; tsuki (moon) for fall; and samushi (cold) for winter.

But, Hark and Haibun!

Haiku - Japanese symbolSee what I just learned?! It turns out that what I have been doing with Haiku poetry happens to be okay if you just call it “Haibun.” Per the famous (infamous) Wikipedia:

Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiographydiaryessayprose poem,[1] short story and travel journal.

Haiku Poetry Contains A Three-Line-17-Syllable Structure

Haiku, unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. The haiku first emerged in Japanese literature during the 17th century, as a terse reaction to elaborate poetic traditions, though it did not become known by the name haiku until the 19th century.”

For reference and more details, Click Here.

KnowItAll.org Gives the Rules for Haiku Poetry and Then a Way to Break Them

Free-Style Haiku = “Lunes”

“A simpler, “free-style” version of haiku is called the lune. A lune can be about absolutely anything. The writer of a lune does not have to count syllables. The first line in a lune is three words, the second line is 5 words, and the third line is 3 words. Here are a few lunes.

A styrofoam stew
fills the stream they call
the mighty Mississippi.


Lets all sing
a bad cheesy pop song
and make millions.”

But Wait … There’s More!

Haiku - Japanese symbolNow, I learn there are variations just so we can confuse one another! According to Akita International Haiku Network, there are these options: Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka.

What are Haiku, Senryu and Tanka?

We’ve described Haiku, so let’s see how Akita describes the other two.

Senryu is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer morae (or on) in total.  However, senryu tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryu are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are more serious. Unlike haiku, senryu do not include a kireji or verbal caesura (cutting word), and do not generally include a kigo, or seasonal word.

So what about Tanka?

Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when transliterated or translated), usually with the following mora pattern: 5-7-5-7-7.

The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku (“upper phrase”), and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku (“lower phrase”).

Akita Haiku publishes a journal of the best works submitted to them. Click Here for the PDF.

An example of a Haiku poem containing just one verse.

Loss and Found – (c) Nancy Wyatt 3021  All Rights Reserved

Example of Haiku poetry style

A Haiku Poem Containing Multiple Verses

Although traditionalists would argue with my opinion, I think these kinds of poems do not need to be limited to only one verse. Here are two examples of using the same form in multiple verses on one topic.

Equality – © Nancy Wyatt 2021 All Rights Reserved

Haiku Sample w Multiple Verses

Fireflies – (c) Nancy Wyatt 2021 All Rights Reserved

Fireflies - Haiku poetry demonstrating rules of 5/7/5 syllables

Read on for More Haiku and Mixed Styles


© Nancy Wyatt – 2021  All Rights Reserved

A year of COVID.
Death and long-term illnesses
Abound. NOT FOR ME.

I feel highly blessed
Despite the isolation,
My age, and low funds.

I am surrounded
By Nature’s great pros and cons.
You win some, lose some.

Alone in the fight
To survive another storm,
Solo, I still stand.

Stubbornness prevails.
Give up. Fade into the night.
Retire. NOT FOR ME.

There must be a way
To overcome the challenge
And say, YES, FOR ME!

A Haiku Poem Combined with a #vss365 #prompt

VSS365 #Butter

July 24, 2021

No mineral oil?
Then, slather him with butter!
Lights, Cam’ra, Action!

greased torso of a bodybuilder #HaikuPoetry #vss365 #prompt #butter

Ha ha! Did I cheat? I don’t know anyone who pronounces all 3 syllables of camera, so I took a chance. Happy Saturday, All!
@vss365official #vss365 #prompt #Butter #writingcommunity #haiku #poetrycommunity


The Combo of Chakras and Haiku Poetry

hands holding a red broken heartHow I got into this.

My heart was freshly-broken, and my immediate assignment was to meet the deadline for writing some uplifting, short works to go into an anthology.

I’m a holistic healer, among other things, so I decided to put focus on each of my chakras. The plan was to infuse them and my mind with the corresponding colors and the musical notes of the scale as I had to think of topics and expressions suitable for something other than a Greek Tragedy.

7 chakras glowing in figure in meditation poseTypically, I am verbose, as one can see by reading any of the pages and posts on this website. But, my energy was low, and time was short. Thus, I chose Haiku as the format for most of the submissions.

Click Here to View the Haiku Poem In the Chakra Experiment.

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Are you having fun with this?

Would you like to take a class or submit some work for me to review?

When I accept contributions from Guest Contributors, I might use the same criteria as is used in some Haiku curations or competitions. For example, each haiku was rated on 5 dimensions: ease of comprehension, familiarity, goodness, imagery, and symbolism.

  • Courtesy of PoetrySoup.com, Click Here to see more examples of Haiku poems with symbolism as a critical component.
  • Click Here to review the general criteria for all kinds of entries, and
  • Click Here to get a copy of the submission form for those of you who would like to offer works to share on this website.

To learn more about all kinds of poetry from the Poetry Foundation, Click Here. It publishes a Poetry Magazine to which people may make submissions. The Poetry Foundation uses emerging technology to reach and engage a broad audience for poetry through its award-winning website, mobile applications…”….”The magazine has since been in continuous publication for more than 100 years, making it the oldest monthly magazine devoted to verse in the English language.”

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