Almost every week, we have been reblogging author Ronovan Hester‘s Haiku Challenge featured on his blog, Ronovan Writes. The Haiku Challenge is a prompt using two words, usually a noun and an adjective, to inspire the creation of a haiku. The Challenge is posted every Monday morning at 8:00 EST. To participate, simply reblog the challenge with your haiku response. Click here for more information.
If you have never written a haiku before, the form is quite simple (yet complex). Each haiku is comprised of 17 syllables, divided in 3 lines as follows: 5 syllables | 7 syllables | 5 syllables. The themes of haiku usually deal with the seasons, longing, loss, and/or everyday life. Of course, like a sonnet, a haiku can be written about anything. The form itself began in Japan and reached its height with the 17th century poet Basho (Matsuo Kinsako). Below is an example of the form:
Basho’s Sick on a Journey
旅に病で / 夢は枯野を / かけ廻る
tabi ni yande | yume wa kareno wo | kake-meguru
5 Syllables | 7 syllables | 5 syllables
(translation: Sick on a journey, / my dreams wander / the withered fields)
An untitled haiku in English from Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompt 79
Clarity takes hold (5 syllables)
of me while walking: do leaves (7 syllables)
mind my crushing feet? (5 syllables)
Why not try your hand at writing your first haiku?
This Week’s Challenge Words: Fresh & Style