On writing haiku

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I thought I might be okay at writing haiku.   These days I’m not so sure.    I’m kind of between with creativity in limbo as I shift and change from one way of being to another – from one place to residence to another – from then to now.

Back when I thought I could write haiku I made this haiga.   I think it’s probably one of my best but then, how do you judge your own work?

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The haiga has a particular relevance to me right now.   On the weekend, on a complete whim, I searched for an old friend on Facebook.   Someone I’d known in my early 20s.   Amazingly I found him and made contact.   We exchanged a few excited messages as we caught on up each other’s doings over the decades then very quickly found we had run out of things to say to each other.    Our conversations dwindled to inane observations about the weather…

Jumping ahead to more recent times when I thought I could create haiku/haiga someone said they thought this one was my best.

This haiga was directly inspired by Chiyo-Ni and the concept of a  haiku reflecting a moment in time.

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

Maybe I’m being overly harsh on myself.   There  are probably a few other good ones within all the quaff I’ve written over the past few years and called haiku and/or haiga.
This one might be ok –


It sums up how I feel at present anyway – kind of empty – opening to the next creative impulse but with no idea of just what form that will take.

This post was written in response to the prompt http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2018/08/carpe-diem-weekend-meditation-47-quest.html  
“The goal is to create your own masterpiece. What is a masterpiece? I think a masterpiece is a haiku (or tanka) that will survive over the years…” 



41 thoughts on “On writing haiku

  1. Such wonderful poems. I don’t think we can judge our work easily, we are too critical of ourselves. I believe we must simply honour the call to write and know we have expressed something of ourselves. Others judge.

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    1. That’s a very good way of looking at it. I have been reading lots of Basho and the Japanese haiku masters lately. I do think there is always room to improve with writing but yes, judging is probably best left to others. Thanks very much for sharing your insight.

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  2. These are all good, but the magpie warbling resounds with me. Creativity is not something you can just “do” you have to feel inspired and motivated. I’m sure it will come pouring back into you when you feel more settled. Moving is always a big upheaval, physically and emotionally

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  3. To me they’re all about capturing the moment. I haven’t written any in a long time, preferring prose, but I do admire the art form and the cleverness in encapsulating a thought so briefly. 🙂 🙂 As Pauline says, when you’re ready…

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  4. I’m agreeing with everyone’s thoughts here, Suzanne. You have caught the moment in all these haiku, and they are YOUR moments and yet have universal resonance/wake us up even. No one can create when all the pieces are up in the air. Time to settle in every sense 🙂

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  5. All are beautiful, each in its own way. Interesting story about making contact with an old friend, that flurry of conversation, and then the inane chatter. I understand that experience, and the haiku about the two travelers. I love the one about the magpie especially, but also the last one, that last line: “a morning of air.” I’ve never tried a haiku; one day I may attempt it. So spare, and capturing the essence of a moment.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Your upcoming walk might lead into haiku writing. I could imagine composing them as I walked in response to the environment and the experience. Maybe pack a tiny notebook and a pencil 🙂


  6. I always enjoy reading your haiga Suzanne and I like the first one especially. I am a great fan of Japanese poetry forms and they feel right for me at this point in life. I used to write sestinas, ballads and other forms when I was learning about poetry – I think every form has something to teach and offer, depending on where we are in life and what we associate the poems with that we write in these forms :o) xxx

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    1. Thanks very much. I really appreciate you giving me your critique of my work. There is so much to learn about writing haiku. I feel like I just get to a point where I think I know what I’m doing then I realise that I really don’t. 🙂


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