31 Dec 2011
Dawn of the last day
Horse box reflects coloured lights
All this created
30 Dec 2011
It feels like so long
now my healing has finished
I'm ready to fly
29 Dec 2011
Christmas number two
nativity with friends
he's getting better
28 Dec 2011
Adults playing kids
Pretending to be adults
Nativity play
27 Dec 2011
Cleaning his stinky
Words echo in services
Our fake boxing day
26 Dec 2011
Felt a bit dodgy
As I attempted to wake
Long walk makes it right
25 Dec 2011
Wishes in the fire
Eyes too large for my belly
Games in the evening
24 Dec 2011
It is Christmas Eve
and all through the house, nothing
is staring. At all.
23 Dec 2011
Christchurch shakes again
Our delayed train to London
Two glasses of red
22 Dec 2011
Morning on the farm
lines appearing up above
plowed fields in the sky
21 Dec 2011
The final touches
some invites go out to friends
a dream, realised
20 Dec 2011
Times, they are changing
it's best to yield and relax
truth will always win
19 Dec 2011
They say that there is
no such thing as a free lunch
'they' were wrong today
18 Dec 2011
"Would be rude not to"
is no real reason to dance
that soul-giving dance
17 Dec 2011
Millwall with Hannah
Her first ever football match
and we won two nil
16 Dec 2011
It's nearly ready
Invites are going out soon
Bloody exciting!
15 Dec 2011
First time in ages
A completely clean inbox
I should celebrate
14 Dec 2011
Kiwi has landed
Stories of quakes, guitar and
'Cherry Coke Curry'
13 Dec 2011
Woke up in my car
Cold morning and a long drive
Coffee with my Mum :)
12 Dec 2011
This turbulent flight
Noone was laughing at God
Shaman in the queue
11 Dec 2011
Trip to Fjellheisen
Chance meeting from a late bus
End up eating whale
10 Dec 2011
Her thigh-length stockings
English men fight in Tromsø
I blame the full moon
09 Dec 2011
Trying on girl's hair
what started as quite awkward
turned out to be fun
07 Dec 2011
I let it here now
Subconscious sending signals
A frog for a frog
06 Dec 2011
Meeting and old friend
Our eyes glistened with knowing
I'll see her again
05 Dec 2011
News comes this morning
Waited so long for this time
She's small but in charge
02 Dec 2011
Feel sick with tiredness
Staying awake just to try
and it works, night night!
01 Dec 2011
Waiting is over
haikuary takes its form
the start of something

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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