• 21 Oct 2014
    Psychopathic fling
    driving mind on a flat tyre
    girl gone misleading
  • 20 Oct 2014
    Barriques wide deep spread
    along the cold four levels
    of concrete heaven
  • 19 Oct 2014
    The world turned itself
    in the gargoyles descent
    to self mirror flash
  • 17 Oct 2014
    flying above the
    world isn't the same as
    being part of it
  • 17 Oct 2014
    My new venture shine
    celebrating opening
    with given respect
  • 16 Oct 2014
    Open the curtains
    Let the light in
    Let life in
  • 16 Oct 2014
    Early blue lantern
    my desire turns, so its
    opens her doors
  • 16 Oct 2014
    Winding down my place
    with days of fine rituals
    among good people
  • 15 Oct 2014
    Amazed in the maze
    wonder in the wonderland
    and shit in the bed
  • 14 Oct 2014
    Off fog comes the sun
    so all quiet and settled
    just waiting for change
  • 13 Oct 2014
    So one era ends
    at the end of the stale bun
    and other vine grow
  • 12 Oct 2014
    Bread turns into beer
    in a new wave self raising
    talking and waiting
  • 11 Oct 2014
    Jumping dolphins splash
    the Waka without presence
    and new drift of her
  • 10 Oct 2014
    Between the vine rows
    two worlds meet tight together
    chasing each other
  • 09 Oct 2014
    Unexpected call
    throw good weight and new option
    bloom in winery
  • 08 Oct 2014
    Red bird on the fence
    You are a force, light my bare wings
    Don't call my name yet.
  • 08 Oct 2014
    Small drips from all sides
    and wine extravaganza
    land up with deep pan
  • 07 Oct 2014
    New plan is planning
    where expansive glass garden
    meets the coffee cup
  • 06 Oct 2014
    Is there any magic
    at the bottom of this bottle?
    Beginning to doubt...
  • 05 Oct 2014
    Snow melting softly
    dissolving the atmosphere
    of work relations
  • 04 Oct 2014
    The orange drive touch
    the unique energy spin
    not felt for long time
  • 03 Oct 2014
    Water up and down
    the trip with new ideas
    play and plan future
  • 02 Oct 2014
    The cutlery front
    like an affront against me
    and the ghost is gone
  • 01 Oct 2014
    Contagious wrong words
    that spread with air and water
    and leave us open
  • 30 Sep 2014
    Disrespectful truth
    burst showing it's rotten soul
    time to kill dragons
  • 29 Sep 2014
    While the day spread free
    open the book and breathe way
    to die in the west
  • 28 Sep 2014
    Pushing between ends
    stretching the opposites
    sleeping easier not
  • 27 Sep 2014
    The Birthday wild spread
    celebrating life beauty
    and every moment
  • 26 Sep 2014
    Walk fast the tightrope
    above my life and wild days
    to sleep tomorrow
  • 25 Sep 2014
    Start celebrating
    the special days yet to come
    life is to enjoy

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What is haikuary?

The term 'haikuary' is a blend of the words 'haiku' and 'diary'. Haiku is a short form of poetry, originating in Japan a few centuries ago.

Haiku normally contain 3 lines totalling 17 syllables, in the order of 5 / 7 / 5

Matsuo Basho, Japan's most famous writer of haiku, will illustrate the form:

Wrapping dumplings in
bamboo leaves, with one finger

she tidies her hair

A simple and beautiful glimpse into a flake of his life.

Here it is again, broken down:

Wrapp-ing dump-lings in (5 syllables)
bam-boo leaves, with one fin-ger
(7 syllables)
she tid-ies her hair
(5 syllables)

Why did I do it?

I was sitting with a friend in a Japanese restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand. Whilst waiting for our food I wrote a haiku on a paper placemat. It was something about noodles jumping into my belly and that we shall be good friends.

My friend suggested that this kind of simple poetry would benefit the children in her class and help them reflect on their day-to-day lives. I agreed and decided to create something online that would enable that, for everyone.

Taking time to reflect on the tiny and often forgotten moments in our daily lives can be cathartic and it's amazing what you can capture when limited to just 17 syllables; it focuses the mind.

But haikuary is not about Poking and 'I Like This!' so feel free to switch on 'private mode' (in your settings area) and keep your writings personal, or share them with the community and inspire others.

Why the invitations?

This was never going to be a giant project, and I wanted to ensure that the humans creating their daily haiku were here for the right reason; to take time out, to reflect. I believe that word of mouth, friends inviting friends, tends to be the best way of achieving this.

It also makes it a little special.

And it's yours

Whilst this is a great place to write and centralise your haikuary from anywhere you have an internet connection, you should ideally download your writings as often as possible.

I will do my best to ensure your haikuary entries are safe, but we all know how technology can let us down. Personally, I download my haikuary at least once a week. Go to the menu inside your account (top right hand corner) and select Download as PDF - I have designed it to look like an old book, so it's a really nice thing to keep and read over in the future.

Thanks for sharing

I hope you enjoy adding to your haikuary every day. If you think you know someone who may also enjoy taking a small amount of time every day to create their own, then please send them an invite (it's in the menu at the top right corner, when you're logged in)

If you have any suggestions of how I can improve things, please get in touch.

All mi fondest,
Gavin Blowman

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If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me,