• 20 Dec 2014
    Alone under sheets:
    too much space, not enough limbs.
    I miss your warm shape.
  • 20 Dec 2014
    Wine fueled drive
    with dog twist breaking dogs neck
    drowning in rubbish
  • 18 Dec 2014
    Scattered papers, pens
    Fragments of a thousand thoughts
    I should clean my desk
  • 19 Dec 2014
    Aha! I've found it:
    a new home, new friends, new tales.
    My muse is alive.
  • 19 Dec 2014
    wandering thoughts led
    to false reverie and a
    crushed reality.
  • 19 Dec 2014
    her heart is frozen
    she is evil, mean, cruel
    I do not like her.
  • 19 Dec 2014
    Friends like good fairies
    pop out to give their good hearts
    shift is on the move
  • 19 Dec 2014
    Colbert held my hand
    for nine years, but Hanna,
    "Doors open like arms"
  • 19 Dec 2014
    Often, plans are the
    worst of mistakes. I crumble
    when I try to live
  • 18 Dec 2014
    without music, my
    soul is desiccated, my
    ears ring emptily.
  • 19 Dec 2014
    Leave in a minute
    Totally not ready yet.
    Gotta run around.
  • 18 Dec 2014
    My head is pounding,
    roaring, racing, spilling out
    with new ideas.
  • 18 Dec 2014
    Time to remember
    yesteryear my thoughts ran wild
    now I cannot think
  • 18 Dec 2014
    Blurry faded light
    two arched backs, we float; ripples
    shiver through my mind
  • 18 Dec 2014
    Will we find peace if
    we stop our mental chatter?
    A new dawn rises
  • 18 Dec 2014
    The last crush on site
    with beloved views far aspect
    changing the outlook
  • 17 Dec 2014
    The stellar canvas
    Above the field where we lie
    Who could ask for more?

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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,