• 01 Mar 2015
    Empty, starving, cold
    Food and drink and alchohol
    Doesn't fill the hole
  • 28 Feb 2015
    Need inspiration.
    Something to drive me onward.
    I look to myself.
  • 28 Feb 2015
    how to learn to be
    less frustrated than I am?
    three raindrops aren't much
  • 28 Feb 2015
    Smell spread wide with joy
    innocently on turning
    dozen summer ends
  • 28 Feb 2015
    to every young girl:
    dream of round hips, full thighs, and
    overflowing souls.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    Little bad news turns
    big bad wolf in my head, please:
    let me be in peace.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    This was a hard day
    Our tears were mixed together
    Falling clear sadness.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    the best furniture
    is multipurpose: meant for
    both sleep and handcuffs
  • 27 Feb 2015
    I have failed again.
    I tried. I gave it my all.
    I will not give in.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    you crave the numbness
    that only deep breathing can
    give your weary soul.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    there is a you-shaped
    hole in me that i stop up
    to keep out the draft.
  • 27 Feb 2015
    some fly high, some fly
    even higher; today, a
    star returns to dust
  • 27 Feb 2015
    Easy spend on food
    and then offer from the past
    everything ticking
  • 27 Feb 2015
    anger turns me
    inside in, tightening down
    knotted twisted stone
  • 26 Feb 2015
    whatever you say
    every place you've been is cold
    warm comes when you leave
  • 26 Feb 2015
    all i ask is that
    your heart keeps beating, warming
    your soft, human skin.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    I hold my little
    girl self in my arms today,
    tell her she's enough.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    Skinny's not for me
    Size one doesn't feel as good
    as a sugar high
  • 26 Feb 2015
    my house by the road
    a breathing shadow
    of ancient presence
  • 26 Feb 2015
    Betrayal--from you
    Never thought I'd see the day
    When you cut my heart.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    A wall in my mind.
    I see no way around It,
    Must try to advance.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    So quickly she grows.
    Nimble and ever playful.
    Prancing on my heart.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    Cut the roses down
    to enhance the light flow in
    where all taking shape

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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,