After participating in the demanding A to Z Challenge last month, I have begun to enjoy blogging challenges. I love letting my creativity tackle the prompts provided in blog trains and challenges. The #BookBlogTrain Season 2 is a book-lover’s dream, with a rich variety of book related topics to choose from.
One of the prompts is to “Write a poem using – books, read, love, coffee”. I have written poems on my blog before, but I wanted to try something new this time with Haiku poetry.
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry writing that is traditionally written in a fixed syllabic format of 5-7-5. This means the first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 and the third rounds off with 5 again. This in itself is difficult to implement successfully, but a genuine Haiku must also express a sentiment of ‘opposition’.
Haiku literally means “cutting word”, and signifies the juxtaposition of two ideas or images. With a limited number of words/syllables to work with, this separation becomes harder to emphasise. However, what is hard is also fun- at least in the creative sphere!
Today, I have written 5 Haiku, one for each word given in the prompt and one combining all words. Though modern Haiku poets don’t necessarily stick to the 5-7-5 syllable rule, I have stayed true to the formula for each. I would love to know your thoughts, and would love to read your Haiku if you attempt to write any.
Books transport to lands
of countless wonders despite
their minuscule size
Read because you can
open the doors of the world
while sitting at home
True love is not a
comfortable ride for sure
but is worth each bump
Coffee is a vice
that offers many pleasures
Good cheer in a cup!
When life’s difficult
I love to read good books and
enjoy good coffee
As an example, I’m including the syllable count of the last poem “Life”:
1 + 1 + 3
1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1
2 + 1 + 2
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