C4ward March Blogathon Day 9: Sunday Haiku

Composing a Haiku (HI-coo) about your creative experience

Cherry blossoms in Atlanta
Cherry blossoms in Atlanta

When you are in the process of creating your work, how do you feel? What is your experience (mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally)? Write a Haiku to capture and express this often elusive process.

Tips on writing a Haiku:

  • The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables.

  • Haiku doesn’t rhyme.

  • Haiku is traditionally written in the present tense.
  • A Haiku is generally visual and “paints” a mental image in the reader’s mind.

  • Good Haikus are metaphors. They elicit emotions and complex feelings through reference and allusion.

Example:

From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

– Bashō

The challenge of a Haiku is to express yourself  in ONLY 17 syllables over just three (3) lines of poetry. That said, you are welcome to use whatever variation of the Haiku you come up with. The key is to have FUN!

EXTRAS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  Choose a different font that excites you and adds to the meaning of your Haiku. Increase the font size and change the color. Do you have an image that can accompany your poem or expand it?

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Mark your calendars for next weekend: C4 Atlanta will host a potluck on Sunday, March 16, from 4-6 pm!  We will celebrate the culmination of C4ward March Blogathon with a live drawing of the artists who signed up before March 1 for prizes.  Free and open to the public – bring a dish and a friend and join us at the Fuse Arts Center next Sunday!



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