Have you heard of haiku? Maybe you remember it from your language arts classes at school.
I've seen it. I've written some upon occasion outside of academic necessity for a grade. Recently, author Jan Morrill taught a workshop that helped me hone my poetry writing skills and opened my eyes to a variety of ways to use Haiku to help my other writing.
What is Haiku?
Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that traditionally has 17 syllables across 3 lines. The typical pattern is 5-7-5. haiku are generally about nature.
I remember that much from my English classes, which is what my school district called language arts.
Beyond the Nature 5-7-5
Beyond the brevity, I learned from Jan Morrill that haiku should capture a moment. While nature inspires much haiku, anything in life can find its way into one of those tight little gems.
"Haiku captures a moment."
- Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono, Life: Haiku by Haiku, and other books