31 Jan 2013
Drive to the sound of
boom boom, the 'stick yoga' joke
to this stop gap town
29 Jan 2013
Hollow turtle stinks,
dog skeleton, brick-smashed mice,
a day filled with death
28 Jan 2013
Three days, twice a day
and I'm standing on my head
next: scorpion pose!
27 Jan 2013
Krishna, my teacher
big smile, bright eyes, his stories
told after yoga
26 Jan 2013
Au revoir, dear friend;
it's been your dream for so long,
so fly like the bird
25 Jan 2013
Flip flops, no helmet
speeding past rickshaws and cows
the wind in my hair
24 Jan 2013
Still feeling tired
and pissing out of my arse
How very 'haiku'
23 Jan 2013
Only urinals!
No choice, I had to use one;
souvenir t-shirt
22 Jan 2013
Left my pit today;
the Ayurvedic doctor
gave me some potions
21 Jan 2013
Unknown sewerage
hardly energy to write
projectile vomit
16 Jan 2013
The lines appear
before the thick mist decends
is anywhere free?
15 Jan 2013
Old man hammers tacks
into shoes of richer folk;
his feet holding them
14 Jan 2013
Pedalling through streets
the people, they laugh and smile
as I dodge traffic
13 Jan 2013
So why am I here?
Not to just float through this trip;
new day tomorrow
12 Jan 2013
Like celebrities
jumping into the Ganga
the ice cold hits me
10 Jan 2013
little piece of calm
with plenty of warm sunshine
in Varanasi
09 Jan 2013
Seems that everyone
is involved in this great train
station robbery
07 Jan 2013
Can't blag a blagger!
Which I guess means that I'm not
what I used to be :)
04 Jan 2013
She leaves with a smile
however she is feeling
always with that smile
03 Jan 2013
We sit on the couch
peering into her strange mind
through graphite Hitlers

Remember, a haiku is normally formed over 3 lines consisting of 5 / 7 / 5 syllables. Compose your daily haiku in this space then come back and tweak it at any time during the day. Got it, let's get writing!

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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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