• 21 Oct 2016
    a calm dialogue
    with my arthritic joints.
  • 21 Oct 2016
    The between bar chase
    living in the element
    in the full force touch
  • 20 Oct 2016
    a pink bossom
    by the cold hearth
    sign of his departure
  • 20 Oct 2016
    Step deeper closer
    in every wild direction
    in life of complex
  • 19 Oct 2016
    saying goodbye to the dawn
    a little bird flies
    on the sunrise
  • 18 Oct 2016
    off key
    the music of cicadas
    in the pre-dawn
  • 17 Oct 2016
    Year remembering
    how many things happened by
    while the kiss was sent
  • 16 Oct 2016
    Chasing own monsters
    like from an old fairytale
    suspended between
  • 15 Oct 2016
    winter prescription
    I inhale...
    the scent of roses
  • 15 Oct 2016
    To finish winter
    to aquatic experience
    to straighten up life
  • 14 Oct 2016
    Hail and snow covers
    extremes of life and suffer
    in combinations
  • 13 Oct 2016
    Child birth disturbance
    and deep silence after that
    busy life tension
  • 12 Oct 2016
    Sudden change of plans
    with fun trip back and forward
    to Trash Test Dummies
  • 11 Oct 2016
    Catching mice and flies
    through long ongoing battle
    on personal front
  • 11 Oct 2016
    cloudy dawn
    God's voice...
    in a mdeley of drizzle
  • 10 Oct 2016
    Quieting down pace
    like before the violent storm
    on steady climb move
  • 10 Oct 2016
    hiden icon
    undoing locks at midnight
    Bob Marley tattoo
  • 08 Oct 2016
    Show me your dark side
    you will be plague on my mind
    while universe stop
  • 07 Oct 2016
    late showers
    a grasshopper sips comfort
    from dew drops
  • 07 Oct 2016
    Touch of that and that
    from the past and from the last
    future never long
  • 06 Oct 2016
    windless night
    the long drop
    of a leaf
  • 06 Oct 2016
    Outside tightness twist
    on surrounding human minds
    while they troubling world
  • 05 Oct 2016
    still night
    the thud...
    of a fallen leaf
  • 05 Oct 2016
    To the tipping point
    of those goodness whereabouts
    where the hard meets joy
  • 04 Oct 2016
    new dawn
    the peace of silence shatters
    tick tock
  • 04 Oct 2016
    New connector that
    just arrived pushing the day
    through the busy mode
  • 03 Oct 2016
    midnight sun
    what my eyes
    fail to see
  • 02 Oct 2016
    In all the good waves
    If moving slowly forward
    I am in limbo
  • 30 Sep 2016
    tidal waves
    the fisherman pulls in
    a gemstone
  • 29 Sep 2016
    moonlit pond
    instead of the fishes
    I catch the stars

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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,