Autumnal Haiku

I was doing a writing exercise for my OU course yesterday and whilst playing about words and images of the horrendous weather we were experiencing, my thoughts and pen took their own little walk and I began to draw parallels between the destructive, turbulent force of nature and the destructive force of man.

I came up with this haiku, which I hope draws all that together:

force of man

Haikus are not a form that come naturally to me, and the rhythm doesn’t sit easily with me either, but as a way of distilling ideas and words quickly and efficiently they are a good discipline to get to grips with and the sense of achievement at completing a successful one is something I can get used to quite easily!

haiku copyright



2 thoughts on “Autumnal Haiku”

  1. You might try TANKA as an alternative Japanese form that is a little less constricting – eg I wrote this one 30 years ago:
    “Hand down on drumskin,
    Dragonfly darts down in spring
    Catch her in your hand
    She’ll drop dead upon the ground
    Leaving Silver Scales behind”
    ie 5,7,5,7,7 syllables


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