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!
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!)
- Tuesday Challenge—Limericks
- Tuesday Challenge—A five senses poem
- Tuesday Challenge—A list poem
- Tuesday Challenge—Magnetic poetry
- Tuesday Challenge—A calendar poem
- Tuesday Challenge—A shape poem
- Tuesday Challenge—A spine poem
- Tuesday Challenge—A haiku [you’re here!]