Forgive me if you already know this: a haiku is a poetry form that orginated in Japan.
Haiku is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or “cutting word”, 17 syllables in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference. Similar poems that do not adhere to these rules are generally classified as senryū.
So most “haiku” are actually senryū.
Today’s prompt: write a senryū—or a haiku—on the theme of January. New beginnings. Throw in a seasonal reference if you like.
I try to write a senryū most days as part of my creative writing practice. They’re mostly not very good, but that’s okay. They spark ideas for other things, and some of them I work on until they are less bad.
Here’s mine to get you started:
Where is the snowfall January—only rain I need a big hat
Told you: silly.
Set your timer, and create your own senryū. Or haiku. 5 minutes. Go!
p.s. are you doing anything on Thursday night? Come and join us for Write Night! How many haiku could you produce in an hour?
p.p.s.Connect with me on Instagram and share your experience with the community. Share your writing if you want to—we’d love to read it! Tag @tinybeetlesteps and follow the hashtags #moxieJANUARY and #tinybeetlesteps
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