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Thursday Prompt #8: English Haiku

June 24, 2010

Our eighth prompt, brought to us by Lawrence Congdon, is a size challenge:

Haiku is a wonderful challenge, but English is an even-metered language, and the odd beats of haiku often sound foreign. Of course haiku works better, more naturally, with the short dense words and idiograms of Japanese.  So, let’s change the lines to 6-8-6.  The extra syllable opens the haiku to a LOT more flexiblity and iterations of thought, images, and phrasing. Your challenge this week is to write an “English Haiku” with a syllable count of 6-8-6. Feeling daring? Write several!

Meet you back here Wednesday to share our haikus.

  1. June 25, 2010 9:52 pm

    I love writing haikus, they’re like short breaths of fresh air.


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