• 21 Jun 2018
    From cold warm to cold
    with the shortest sun setting
    above the vineyard
  • 20 Jun 2018
    through open window
    frist rays of Summer
  • 20 Jun 2018
    Like slowly rolling
    the usual midweek day
    off from work but not
  • 19 Jun 2018
    Cutting vines again
    it is late in the season
    but time to good start
  • 18 Jun 2018
    harmattan sunset
    the dusty glow
    of hibiscus
  • 18 Jun 2018
    Get the best tickets
    while she is interviewing
    all set for good time
  • 17 Jun 2018
    Slow down and relax
    as the winter should be like
    than front new time stage
  • 16 Jun 2018
    Fresh tomato soup
    like an open heart transplant
    in a wooden box
  • 15 Jun 2018
    Now with the label
    in the middle of passport
    she is right in all
  • 14 Jun 2018
    alpine heights
    through the airplane window
    the broken wing of a dove
  • 14 Jun 2018
    Step to everything
    breaking out the many spells
    in all around me
  • 13 Jun 2018
    My small world round turn
    just what it normally is
    revolving itself
  • 12 Jun 2018
    Slow like a snail move
    but with reminiscences
    of past times ahead
  • 11 Jun 2018
    i thought i was lost
    only to see to the shining
    Goddess loves me so
  • 11 Jun 2018
    summer moon
    a butterfly dances
    on its shadow
  • 11 Jun 2018
    Straightening the wheels
    with the positive outlook
    for good position
  • 09 Jun 2018
    And we continue
    in our New Zealand world
    as we choose to be
  • 08 Jun 2018
    Yes she has got it
    the residence permit gift
    the world opens wide
  • 07 Jun 2018
    New rubber on wheels
    despite the suspended flow
    where things bite deep in
  • 06 Jun 2018
    Up and down it goes
    like the season around us
    rise to drop around
  • 04 Jun 2018
    Between one step and
    two step forward on full scale
    float between the wines
  • 30 May 2018
    falling meteorites
    through the spaceship window
    I cup my dreams
  • 30 May 2018
    Seen it again through
    and called to work again through
    winter again through
  • 29 May 2018
    Long not heard from her
    in a change circumstances
    what it meant to be
  • 28 May 2018
    Driving back and fro
    but fixing dirty hiccup
    with future question
  • 27 May 2018
    Now cheese in the sink
    and all the idiotisms that
    sick mind creating
  • 26 May 2018
    People are catching
    now with each other over
    drinks and wild soft talks
  • 25 May 2018
    With new cold morning
    snow covers the horizon
    heralding winter
  • 24 May 2018
    Not that solo move
    but moving deep in wide big
    bottle of old port
  • 23 May 2018
    new drive-through
    a beggar first in line
    for free fried chicken

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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 people 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.

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, send them an invite (it's in the menu at the top right corner, when you're logged in)

If you have any suggestions as to how I could improve things, do get in touch.

in love,
Gavin Bloemen

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