Haiku

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© Penny Frost McGinnis

A traditional Japanese haiku consists of three lines divided into a five-seven-five sound unit pattern. When American’s translated these small Japanese poems, they found that the sound units and syllables differed. The result, American haiku does not hold to the five-seven-five pattern unless it is natural to the poem.

A haiku is meant to capture a moment in time. Written in the present tense and usually containing a seasonal word, the tiny poem is almost like a snapshot catching that one instance that may have been missed. Most haiku contain a short phrase of description and a fragment or aha moment. This form of poetry is fun to write and collect. I like to sit outside for a while and just observe. I almost always find something interesting to write about, along with that aha flash.

Here are some of my haiku…Enjoy!

Tater’s tail wags,
jump, dive, romp-
circles in the snow
 wobbly goats
born before midnight—
spring renewed
 queen anne’s lace crowns
county roads—
blue chicory salutes


crimson moon floats
across chilly skies—
pumpkins grin 
crystals glisten, sun
shine through jeweled glass-
ice covered trees

signs of spring
daffodils, pansies, crocus—
real estate for sale
trillium unfurls
snow trickles into the creek—
God blows the kiss of spring

crocus spring up
gives brightness to earth—
hope to the heart

tiny blue eggs hatch—
in the corner
of the porch basket
surprised
by love—
red tulips
rain pours
grass grows—
mower rests


2016 Haiku

riot of white
confetti stings my face
February snow squall



ruffled fungi
adorns old stump
beauty in death

trillium 
stretches to bloom
blood stained tears



purple flox
dot hillside
wake up sleepyhead

fat bird
evasive in the bush
how do wings hold you up


bearded man
two dogs
comfortable life



dutchman's breeches
sway between emerald leaves
elfin laundry



almond pink roses
sprinkled with November rain
-unexpected gift

crooked-stemmed aster
bouquets along a wooded path
autumn's star, God's gift

2 comments:

  1. I have written a few of these poems too. Yours are nice!!! Hope you all are doing well..

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I love these little poems. They're fun to write.

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