Autumn Haiku

I have shared my poetry over the months mostly in rhyming or free-verse form. To accompany my recent Autumn photograph posts I thought I’d share two Haiku.

Haiku is a traditional Japanese poetic form that is uniquely structured. It features:

  • strict number of syllables – 17 in total and a pattern of 5 – 7 – 5
  • three unrhymed lines (although in Japanese the layout is vertical)
  • two ideas or images juxtaposed at a ‘cutting’ point’ where a word marks a change in emphasis
  • nature / season theme
  • imagery rather than description
  • brevity, concise word pictures
  • impressionistic rather than using metaphor or simile

Some Westernised variations from the Japanese form:

  • first and third lines can rhyme
  • adherence to 17 syllables not necessary
  • themes others than nature covered

Having explained what it is I give you my offerings.

Wind whipped jewelled trees
red gold vibrant crowns released
toward their death dance
Naked branches sigh
mourn summer’s silent passing
and dream of fresh green

Please check out my photos at Autumn#1 Trees and Leaves