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  • March 07, 2016
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The New Oxford American Dictionary defines a haiku as “a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.”

I enjoy Tweeting haikus with a nature theme, like these:


My feet run the trail

Spiderwebs adorn my hair

As birds call above.



A withered leaf falls.

Its scent crushes the present

And brings forth the past.



But fantasy has always been my first love and I began combining that theme with the form:


What spell do I weave?

Dust motes swirl to my needle

And pull the thread tight.



A genie offers

The girl ponders carefully

Then seals the bottle.



It didn’t stop there. Humor wove itself into images as well:


Strewn with yellow leaves

The black tar of the road called.

The elves took a cab.



The werewolf next door

Trades recipes with vampires.

The ghost sits and sulks.



I guess for me, haikus can be summed up by this one:


Haikus fill my soul

Offering the universe

In 5-7-5.


I find that haikus are fun and thoughtful and far ranging even while they fit inside the box of syllables that contain them.

Do you write haikus? If not, give it a try.

  • jan • March 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I’m not clever enough to write haikus I’m afraid! But your’s are delightful. (love the elves taking a cab)

    • J. M. Levinton • March 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you! For me, it involves counting a lot on my fingers. And for every one I write, at least one or two don’t work so I can’t use them. But I find the format fun and that’s the key.

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