Haiku: Early Morning Light



my shuttered eyes crack


Haiku (俳句) 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 sound syllables, in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference.

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9 thoughts on “Haiku: Early Morning Light

  1. In Japanese it’s 17 sound movements not syllables. Can I suggest you read about writing haiku in English? As someone who has been published in haiku journals, no editor would take a 5/7/5 haiku that seriously…

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    1. Thank you for the comment.
      Since the haiku left Japan it has been bastardized a million ways.
      I;ve noticed people put a few words in three lines and call it a haiku.
      I gave a brief description I found online in the hope to peak interest in the form, not dictate strict terms.
      As my own editor I enjoy writing it this way 😉


      1. 5 7 5 form is still taken seriously by the Yuki Teiki Society in California. They have a 5 7 5 contest every year. Micheal you should look up Yuki Teiki. As you know I don’ t adhere to the traditional form. But I enjoy your style. You have some great haiku.

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      2. You know me, I do like strict rules.
        I’ll definitely look it up.
        I know, your style is your own, and I love it. It runs, it glides, it jerks, always keeps you guessing. I forgot to say in the message earlier, Merry Christmas to you and the family 💚 hope the hubby has his feet up.


  2. Hi mouse,
    I have published in an Australian Journal–Eucalyptus spelling?and also a New Zealand journal –Kokako, (named after a bird )it publishes haiku, tanka etc. I think I told you my editor now a friend Amelia Fielden lives in Australia. She is very respected in Australia and in Japan, America worldwide. She speaks fluent Japanese and a fluent translator. Anyways– they are small journals and I know they would appreciate your work. It’s always about content–yours is good.

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    1. I remember you mentioning her in past emails. I’ve never submitted to either publication, guess I have something to try in the new year.
      Thank you for your encouragement and belief. I’m so glad to have met you.


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