Writing Haiku with HA! – July 10, 2014

Today I’m going to follow the classical rules as set out by Ha in his very beautifully informative post/prompt – Heeding Haiku with HA which you might find very interesting too!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAblooming tea roses
clinging to an ancient friend
caressing raindrops


15 thoughts on “Writing Haiku with HA! – July 10, 2014

  1. The haiku is artful with a spiritual undertone… a beautiful representation of images.
    Well done. That image of clinging is lovely. 🙂
    And I wonder about the “-ing” words because I use them often. Do you know if there is any rule about them? I know of Elizabeth Jacques’ tip to limit the verbs and avoid “-ing” words because they create a jingle. I am curious and I need to read more about it.


    • Ah HA … you’ve got me there. I’m aware that many haiku poets can be particularly strict with themselves (and others) about this or that. The risk is ryhming for some or a jingle for others. I try to see what the moment says to me. I also prefer to look to the Japanese masters … like Shiki who, all considered was the father of modern haiku. The English speaking haiku poets are probably at times more rigid than even the Japanese which I find interesting to think about. Personally I think rules are guidelines and should never be chains.


      • That is true. A haiku is a poem celebrating a moment after all… rules allow us to mold our writing to the form but in the end, the craft is that of the poet only.
        I know of the rigidity that I feel when I read some of Reichhold’s explanations. 😀


        • We tend always to try to create a structure upon which to build .. but we as poets must always remember that we are the last arbiter of our work … 🙂


  2. Loving the gentle touch of the rain here!
    The comments about the verbs are interesting — hadn’t heard that you should limit your verbs, especially “ing” verbs. Sometimes I *add* the “ing” because it allows me to make the first/third lines more interchangeable. Will have to look into this — or at least, consider it more carefully. Hmmmmm…… seriously though, I do like verbs in a haiku. [scratching my head]


    • My dear, if you go and listen to some of the western haiku “masters” you’d be surprised at what they consider proper or not. Here are two of my older posts on the general subject of Japanese poetry if your interested: http://13thfloorparadigm.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/kanji-and-onji-japanese-poetry/ and http://13thfloorparadigm.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/japanese-poetry-haiku-or-senryu/ … I also wrote a few articles of the Paperbook Collective. Those are from my early research into the understanding about how to write haiku. 😉


      • Thanks for these links — I’ve bookmarked them (and the links I found on these pages too) — and seriously it’s enough to confuse a person — what’s proper, what’s not …. Oh my! Makes me think of the Franti song, “the more I see the less I know”. Or George Harrison: “The further one travels the less one knows”! But I will read it all – before deciding which rules I feel like keeping and which I feel like “tossing”. But hey – writing haiku is a journey, not a destination, right?


        • Well .. it’s always been said that the wise man is the man who admits he dosen’t know … in the case of haiku, I’m afraid there are a few people who tend to be rigid when rigidty should be done without … and there are a lot of haiku gestapos running around too .. some are also grammar gestapos too!
          I agree with you writing haiku is a journey and one can only try to improve the imagery creating tiny gems of beauty … or humor!

          BTW … do you receive a notice when I reply to you over at blogger? I’m not sure how I should reply … sometimes I use my WP address … sometimes my Google account (attached to blogger) I’m afraid I’m making a hash of it!


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