• 25 Nov 2014
    To my friend and foe,
    The grey shroud smothering me:
    Hello once again.
  • 25 Nov 2014
    Soft teary shudders
    sadden; but it's her shaky
    breaths that dissolve me.
  • 25 Nov 2014
    Viking the whole world
    in one attempt of pure life
    and just be yourself
  • 24 Nov 2014
    That time of the year:
    The budget's tight for the hols.
    Hope for snow at least.
  • 24 Nov 2014
    tiny pin-prick burns
    needle penetrates cool skin:
    make me more perfect
  • 24 Nov 2014
    Wait, work is a thing?
    Motivation dwindles as
    Wednesday approaches.
  • 24 Nov 2014
    Turned coffee to bread
    but life spread wider than life
    old flows come anew
  • 24 Nov 2014
    We turned off all lights,
    We opened wide all curtains
    And watched the sunrise.
  • 23 Nov 2014
    Two-thousand words left,
    but nothing coming out now...
    Deadline's tomorrow!
  • 23 Nov 2014
    your fingers float,
    gentle touch, sweat-sweetened skin
    'till I am goosebumps.
  • 23 Nov 2014
    As though my heart had
    grown little limbs, hands with which
    to cling to you, love.
  • 23 Nov 2014
    Life on a spiral
    bringing all things and people
    with plan not planed

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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,