This week at The Great Margin and The Daily Haiku we have been asked to set the Weekly Challenge (#TheWeeklyChallenge) for the marvellous and inspiring 64 Million Artists. No surprise it is to create a haiku with or without images around the theme of LOVE, one of our top ten all time favourites!
Here are some ideas for creating Love Haiku.
Set a timer, say 5 minutes, the time it takes to boil a soft to hard egg! Write down anything and everything that LOVE brings to mind, don’t over-think, just get it down. At the end, highlight your favourites, maybe choose 5. Then choose your absolute favourite and there is a starting point for your haiku.
Set a timer, say 10 minutes this time, enough time to take a shower! Collect physical objects around you that you LOVE and put them onto a table. Arrange them. Photograph them. Choose your favourite 5. Then your favourite one. This can inspire your haiku with or without image. You may also choose to draw or paint your object.
Go on a walk outside your front door. Collect some natural objects, eg, leaves, flowers, stones, shells. Again photograph them. Also video any of your favourite scenes on the walk. This is your starting point for a haiku. Describe what you see in the video and photograph. Focus on the senses.
Choose a favourite photograph in your home, on your screens and describe what or who you love about it and why.
What do you love to eat. Share a recipe, a meal, a picnic. Describe the tastes, the occasion, who if anyone you were with and this is the starting point for your haiku. Pancake Day coming up fast on the heels of Valentines Day so that might be a start.
Where would you go if you could go anywhere? Think about a fantasy place you have never been and write a haiku about it then write about a favourite place (with or without images) this maybe inside a chair by the fire or a bench by the sea…
What did you love as a child? Is it still what you love now or has it changed? These reflections can form the basis of a haiku with or without images.
Find a place outside, garden, park, beach, moor, street – where you can recreate a haiku with stones, writing in sand, a combination of natural objects, found objects, chalk on a pavement. Maybe a message about kindness, sharing love, something inspiration that others will happen upon in these difficult times.
Send a postcard about your life to yourself in a haiku listing all the things you love about your life.
What is love?
Use the questions from the WHAT IS HAIKU TO YOU workshop but swap in the word love and see what comes out.
Send a Love Haiku in a text
If you were sending a text to someone you love in a haiku form what would you say? 3 lines, 5/7/5 syllables a guide not a rule.
Think about what you DON’T LOVE this can often be how we find out what we do LOVE.
HAVE FUN – ANYTHING GOES
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