Originally, we were going to track down some water related haikus to share with you since we are surrounded by it, farm with it, play in it and generally need it to live. But since that would be too easy, we are going to make a request. We would like to request all of our readers lend a creative hand to create our own, distinct “water haikus”.
What is a haiku? A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, conveying images of the natural world.
Yourdictionary.com – uses this example and definition:
The origins of haiku can be traced back as far as the 9th century. Haiku is more than a type of poem; it is a way of looking at the physical world and seeing something deeper, like the very nature of existence.
History and Structure of Haiku Poems
A haiku poem consists of three lines, with the first and last lines having 5 moras, and the middle line having 7. A mora is a sound unit, much like a syllable, but is not identical to it. Since the moras do not translate well into English, it has been adapted to where syllables are used as moras.
Haiku started out as a popular activity during the 9th to 12th centuries in Japan called “tanka.” It was a progressive poem, where one person would write the first three lines with a 5-7-5 structure, and the next person would add to it a section with a 7-7 structure. The chain would continue in this fashion.
Examples of Water Haikus
Here are some examples of haikus about water to help inspire you:
- Example 1
Water from the earth
Soothes the dry, thirsty spirit,
flows like holy love
- Karen Adams
- Example 2
Land and sea and sky
Converging in the distance…
Calling us forward.
- J. Sibley Law
Winning Haiku Receives a Prize!
So, put your creative thinking cap on and our team will review and evaluate the haikus submitted. The winning haikus get bragging rights for the next year and a gift certificate to one of our restaurants on the water!
We would also like to use the haikus on the web site, and in some of our marketing efforts showcasing our water resources AND our talented writers that read the blog.
We can only offer some brief ideas about our water: frozen water (ice and snow, since we are in the middle of February), warm summer rains, our varied shoreline and how our water changes from Lake Huron to Saginaw Bay, our rivers, ebbing and flowing, sometimes fast other times lazily sauntering along... the rest is up to you. Give us your best!
The deadline to submit your water haiku is March 31st, 2018!
Submit your water haiku in the comments below or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!