dinner for two
by a fireplace
merry little christmas
in fallen snow
coffee and a scone
trees stretch out
their bare limbs
nipping at our nose
with one color
winter solitude hike
(Dedicated to Dale and Mary Goodner and Door County Land Trust)
on front lawn
COMMENT: Haiku contains two parts, a fragment and a phrase. In the above “early gift on front lawn” is the phrase and “snow dusting” the fragment. The fragment can be either in the first or third line. Keep the fragment and phrase in mind so you don’t end up writing a three line sentence instead of a haiku. Eg. An early gift of snow dusting is in my front lawn.
Be alert to what is around you today and write a haiku about it!
up in the air
over a leader
gaggle of geese
A few comments on how this haiku came about:
1) Driving home from the store, I noticed geese flying in a disorderly pattern without a leader. (Notice that haiku possibilities are everywhere).
Eventually a leader emerged and the geese flew on in a typical V pattern.
2) Reflecting on this leadership pattern, I thought of how a group, large or small relies on a leader. A good leader aids all in reaching a desired destination.
3) Putting these two thoughts together, a haiku was created.
Hopefully this provides a bit of an idea of a haiku is created without getting into too many rules. Try throwing two ideas together and see what evolves.
More thoughts to follow in future posts.