Here is a round-up of our themes and prompts on THE DAILY HAIKU this week and a chance to repost your favourites, write new ones, share with friends, also spread more haiku love and creativity. Our starting point for writing haiku is 3 lines of 5/7/5 syllables but this is a guide not a rule. Do explore adding photographs, artwork, music, sketches or other links to your haiku too.
Two of our popular strands are the Friday Night Renga and Midweek Slow Renga and here is a blog exploring this form with personal experiences of taking part in renga and here is the link:
Weekly Theme: SILENCE (one of our favourite all time themes)
Bonus Theme: LOSS
CHOOSE AN OBJECT FROM YOUR ROOM and write a haiku about it
Musical prompt: ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley
First line renga lines to start haiku with BUBBLING WATER or WITHIN THESE FOUR WALLS
#WalkWithMe is an ongoing posting of a new feature to share a video of a walk for people to respond to with a haiku and share their own walk videos which can prompt haiku in turn. This could this be called Vaiku?
This is our Haiga Prompt from last weekend with another chance to respond to this image and write a haiku with the photo or a new photo and haiku or a stand alone haiku. For more insights into Haiga go to WRITING HAIKU: HAIGA – Where Image and Haiku Meet and be inspired by Marion Clarke’s wonderful examples and knowledge. https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-11-writing-haiku-haiga-where-image-and-haiku-meet/
Some helpful advice from John Lanyon which help you get into haiku and have a go.
Also read his interview here: https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-5-the-daily-haiku-interviews-john-lanyon/
A way into haiku. Spend time on your own in nature. Take your notebook. On one page record what’s happening in the natural world and on the page opposite record your emotions. Do this for a few weeks and then look for connections or contrasts and let the words come to you. Don’t chase too hard. See what fits together easily.
Decide if you want to be a rigid 5/7/5-er or whether you will just accept the lines that come. I think it’s generally better to avoid humour, abstraction and the obvious but you can make your own mind up. Learn all you can about Japanese culture (gardens, food, aesthetics, art, spirituality).
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