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Tuesday Challenge – haiku

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means? It’s time for this week’s Tuesday Challenge. And this is one we know you’ve probably been expecting ever since we announced that there would be a tiny poem challenge every Tuesday …

Write a haiku.

A haiku is a short poem, usually inspired by nature. At school you might have been taught that a haiku is a 3-line poem with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line. That’s one way to write a haiku. Modern writers of haiku (in English) don’t always worry about the syllable count — they just keep their poem very, very short. Some say that it should be able to be read in a single breath.

A haiku is like a brief snapshot or image. Like a word-photograph. It doesn’t rhyme.

Here’s one I wrote a few days ago:

Weary crickets creak

A light floats in the pond —

August moon rising

If you write a haiku — will you share it with us in the comments below? (Check with a parent or teacher first.) Grownups are also welcome to post a haiku but please note that we are G-rated!

~ Rebecca

Until the end of August, we’ll have a new poetry challenge every Tuesday.

Read these earlier Poetry Challenges from the 2013 Soup Blog Poetry Festival. (You can still add your poems in the comments at each post if you like!)

Poetry Challenge & haiku © 2013 Rebecca Newman https://soupblog.wordpress.com

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.

2 thoughts on “Tuesday Challenge – haiku

  1. Hello

    here’s one from me 😀

    I don’t write poems Particularly haiku That’s too hard for me

    LOL. My first poem ever inspired by you xx

    catherinecarvell.com

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