Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Haiku Leaf The Earth Lemon The Sun Masseywhen cold days turn dark / leaf the earth, lemon the sun / steam in summer’s cup

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squirrel winter haiku massey

on the bare brown branch / a fat squirrel anxiously eats / another acorn

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Winter Haiku

Peter Galen Massey Winter Haiku Snow on Ohioa pen and ink world / beautiful desolation / snow on ohio


City Night Stars Haiku Peter Masseythe rushing night clouds / veil and unveil in silence / the city’s cold stars


peter massey haiku white silence snowwhite silence falling / soft as dandelion heads / cold as easeful death


Haiku 168 Glowing Warm Yellow Day Peter Galen Masseykeep this in your heart / this glowing warm yellow day / when it is winter


Crows Call Through The Empty Air Haiku Masseyblack bible, black suit / coffin in the snow. crows call / through the empty air


the clarity of winter dusk haiku masseythe clarity of / winter dusk, the still sharp air / and one bright blue star



About these winter haiku


Haiku in English is typically a three-line unrhymed poem in a 5-7-5 pattern: five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. These haiku usually contain a jump or cut between their first and second lines or their second and third lines which divides the poem into two elements that are associated with each other. These elements may consist of one image and one idea, one statement and one impression, and so on, with the understanding that the two elements are implicitly related to each other and that the reader has to do a little work to make their understanding of that relationship explicit.

Haikus are often written about nature and seasons. They are frequently impressionistic and because of their brevity, they almost by necessity express a single moment in time which gives them a meditative quality. (The current fashion might call haikus “mindful” poems.) Punctuation is spare or non-existent.

For my haiku, I hold firmly to the three lines in the 5-7-5 pattern and dispose of the other characteristics of the poem unless they suit my purposes. I especially tend to ignore the jump or cut that creates two associated elements, preferring to write haiku that develop a single idea or image or write haiku in which all three lines are independent elements equally associated with each other. I use nature as a frequent theme, it is somewhere between handy and unavoidable, but I am always eager to find other appropriate themes. That eagerness is not expressed in these winter haikus obviously.

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