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Gardening Haiku

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day, a day encouraging everyone to exercise their creativity. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines of prose that do not rhyme but are written in a pattern of syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7, and the last line has 5 syllables like the first.

Haiku is often written about nature using sensory language, enabling the reader to visualize the authors words. In honor of National Haiku Poetry Day, I thought I would give it try.

Welcome spring flowers
In a rainbow of colors
Under clear blue skies


Scilla springing up
Sweet, nodding, bell-like flowers
In a sea of blue

Helleborus orientalis

Charming hellebores
Flowers too shy to look up
Harbingers of spring


Daffodils shout spring
Bright yellow cups of sunshine
Chase winter away

Cercis canadensis

Redbuds in early spring
Showy pink flowers blooming
On leafless branches


Ah, forsythia
Covered in a spring blanket
Vibrant, golden blooms

Writing Haiku poetry compelled me to visualize the subject of each verse as I counted syllables, and lovely images they were. Give haiku poetry a try and share it.

Garden (and write a little poetry) with me!

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