Thursday, April 16, 2015

Send us your haiku!

April is National Poetry Month, and we have had a few events at the library to celebrate. We had a class about writing haiku, a short form of Japanese poetry. Haikus are all about expressing one or two brief ideas, and are often about nature or seasons. Many haikus juxtapose two ideas or two experiences together. In America, they are written in three lines, and the syllables are counted as 5 - 7 - 5. Here are a few examples:

In Kyo I am,
and still I long for Kyo -
oh, bird of time!
-Basho

Spring too, very soon!
They are setting the scene for it -
plum tree and moon.
-Basho


Early butterfly
balances on yellow jasmine
testing new space suit?
-Paton


We are collecting haikus from everyone throughout the month of April, and will create a collage of them on Saturday, April 25th from 1-3. If you would like to try your hand at writing one, we'd love to read it! You an submit it to us and we will display it anonymously. Write your haiku in a comment here or email it to us at kgray@worcpublib.org.


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