• 22 Nov 2014
    Forgiveness is sobering
    You are human too.
  • 23 Nov 2014
    Let it be real.
    Will I be able to prove?
    Will I ever see?
  • 22 Nov 2014
    itching to see you
    grow into young adults, my
    sweet niece and nephews
  • 22 Nov 2014
    Reconnecting flow
    understanding the life span
    beyond high spirits
  • 21 Nov 2014
    Frazzled, frazzled, six
    passport photos, money, more.
    I'm lost and red-cheeked.
  • 22 Nov 2014
    Why would a person
    want to kill another one?
  • 21 Nov 2014
    beautiful branches
    grew out of me, Apple Tree
    when she looked at me
  • 21 Nov 2014
    logic's not for me
    my brain's not built for these thoughts
    but there's more to life...
  • 21 Nov 2014
    deep breaths before steps
    eyes, heart & mind open when
    I feet-first embark
  • 21 Nov 2014
    Will I quit again?
    Should I do it? Should I not?
    Heart, don't fail me now...
  • 21 Nov 2014
    The words have escaped
    my grasp just lately. I will
    need to coax them back.
  • 21 Nov 2014
    Measurements been made
    and fitting into new place
    decision is time
  • 20 Nov 2014
    I`ve just felt the touch of 3
    take me with you I suggest
    because we want the same
  • 21 Nov 2014
    How can I help them,
    But being what I'd like to?
    Should I even try?
  • 20 Nov 2014
    oh, that i could hide
    you away from all that pains
    your sweet existence.
  • 20 Nov 2014
    empty calabash
    reflecting the fading sun
    roadside beggar
  • 20 Nov 2014
    On mornings like these,
    people are too much. I am
  • 20 Nov 2014
    The house came from wild
    presented itself upon
    me in the middle
  • 20 Nov 2014
    My fantasy life:
    it taunts me with its brightness.
    Which life feels more real?

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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,