Haiku – Poetry Friday

For the last two weeks I’ve broken my writing time into one hour chunks alternating with breaks. Stopping before I felt spent doubled (!!) my productivity. The only downside is having to re-focusing after taking each break. Remembering Laura and Robin‘s post about using haiku to get over writer’s block, I tried writing haiku — it worked like a charm. 17 syllables magically put my mind back into the flow of writing.
Here’s a couple of haiku I wrote. They’re underpolished, but they are my first haiku:

heads bowed by heavy
rain, the lilacs bend to touch
wet, greedy ground


cold floors; hot coffee —
another dawn. The signing birds
must have had their worms

If you want to learn how to write a haiku, I liked this post at Creative Writing Now.
Elaine at Wild Rose Reader hosts this week’s Poetry Friday, head on over.

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11 Responses to Haiku – Poetry Friday

  1. Laura Shovan says:

    Hi, Katya. Lilacs are my favorite spring flower. What a beautiful haiku — the heaviness of the blossoms suggests their heavy scent too. I’m glad you found Robyn’s guest post at my blog useful!

  2. Katya, I love that first one with the lilacs. What a great image! Haiku is my favorite form because you can use such a small snippet to contain sharp images and huge implications.

  3. Linda Baie says:

    I also enjoyed your lilac haiku. My one lilac bush is heavy & the blooms are leaning just from their extreme fulness instead of wet. Thanks for the link to haiku, too, Katya.

  4. Hi, Katya!
    I’m thrilled you’ve been exploring haiku as a way to unleash your creativity – thanks for such kind words about my visit to Laura’s blog. (She had a month of incredible posts!) I, too, love the image of those heavy lilacs. Happy creating…!

  5. Tabatha says:

    I think it’s great that you are being methodical about figuring out what works for you! Thumbs up for all that productivity!

  6. jama says:

    Lovely haiku, Katya! Dreaming of lilacs now . . .

  7. Joyce Ray says:

    It must have raining where you are, too! I love the image of the lilacs bowing to the wet, greedy ground. I need to try writing haiku to get unstuck!

  8. Hi Katya, I’ve never tried my hand at writing haiku yet, although I am a closet poet at heart. My heart rebels at the notion of rigid forms and structures, but I know that instills discipline. Haiku, it is. I love these two that you have shared with us this week.

  9. Ruth says:

    I love the idea of using haiku for writer’s block. I’ll have to tell my students about that one!

  10. kczaja says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments about the lilac haiku.
    I really love lilacs so seeing them bent to the ground by the rain just as the y came into full bloom this week was disheartening. Glad to see so many other lilac lovers.

  11. Mary Lee says:

    Thanks for the writing advice! I almost feel like you wrote this post just for me!!