*Writing Tip #6: New to Writing Poetry? Then Start With A Haiku!


(Picture derived from Google)

“My Ancestors”

Ah, My Ancestors. (5 syllable)

Embrace me with your beauty. (7 syllable)

Long, strong, green-stemmed souls. (5 syllable)

by Maxwanette A. Poetess

If you’re new to writing poetry, I find that the best and easiest one to try, is the Haiku. They’re short, 3 lined and follow the 5-7-5 syllable method. “But how do I write it???”, the proverbial question, laced with a nice, nasal whine, lol! For some, writing poetry comes as easy as they breathe. I looked at this picture just now, felt the vibes, and there’s the Haiku. For others, it’s a daunting and difficult task.

I was shown by a teacher of mine in elementary school, to easily say the words I wanted to write and count the syllables out on my fingers. Works every time, lol!

Don’t overthink it or look to put too much into it. Simply, close our eyes, inhale, exhale slowly, look at the picture and write the first things that pop into your mind. Don’t worry, if it sounds silly, crazy, or what have you. Just go with it. Try it with a few pictures and see what you can come up with. Trust me, it’s fun, lol!

I have taken the liberty to share this article from:


wikiHow to Write a Haiku Poem

Four Parts:Sample HaikuChoose a Haiku SubjectUse Sensory LanguageBecome a Haiku WriterCommunity Q&A

Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short three-line poems with a 5-7-5 syllable structure that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty, or another poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adopted (and adapted) by virtually every modern language, including English. The secret to writing great haiku is to be observant and appreciate nature, as detailed below.

Sample Nature Haiku

  • An afternoon breeze
    expels cold air, along with
    the fallen brown leaves.
  • Cherry blossoms bloom,
    softly falling from the tree,
    explode into night.
  • The warmth on my skin.
    Fire falls beneath the trees.
    I see the sun set.
  • Summer here again.
    Music plays sweetly, drifting.
    And life is renewed.
  • A winter blanket
    covers the Earth in repose
    but only a dream
  • An ocean voyage.
    As waves break over the bow,
    the sea welcomes me.

Again, check out this website. They go in great detail and have very helpful and useful information for Haiku beginners.

Have fun!!!


by Maxwanette A. Poetess


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