Haiku Haiku

For this Writing Assignment, you’re asked to write a haiku poem about haiku poems. You can write about what people normally write in a haiku poem, how a haiku poem is formed, and/or how you feel about writing haiku poems. This assignment might sound tricky, but I know you can do it! Write at least 9 lines (3 sets) and have fun.

Began as youngin
A great obsession with words
A way to express

One’s thoughts on paper
Although it uses no rhymes
It reads like a song

Keeping a rhythm
Words creating melody
Staying on the beat

The Story Behind the Story

Growing up, I have always enjoyed writing. I specifically remember in the third grade, we had an entire month dedicated to writing poems. Each week would try a different style. I had never heard of a haiku poem before. A poem that didn’t rhyme didn’t seem like much of a poem at all to me. But I was wrong. As a lot of they time haikus are talking about beautiful events in nature, the poems are so peaceful. I wanted to capture that same peacefulness about haikus, in my haiku about haikus.

I related haiku poems to sounding like songs. As many songs don’t rhyme, neither do haikus. And instead of a melody to listen to, it is the beautiful meaning of its words. Because of the restrictions on the number of syllables allowed, it feels as if it has a beat it is following. It reminded me when I used to write parody songs as a kid. In order for it to sound good, the altered words needed to match the original song’s syllables or it wouldn’t go with the beat. I channeled my inner song writer for this assignment and I had a lot of fun doing so.

Narrating the Process

I think it would be interesting to make a haiku that does in fact rhyme. That’s some sort of a double poem, right? I find that writing haikus is much easier if you utilize words that only have one syllable. Words such as “a” and “the” are really nice to incorporate into haikus because they can be used to add a syllable where needed. In the opposite instance, in which you have one too many syllables, omitting the “a” or “the” in a line, rarely changes the meaning of the line. I will admit I think sometimes getting rid of the “a” or “the” makes the poem sound more vague, mysterious, and more open to interpretation.

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