29 Feb 2012
Friendly, moulting cat
the centre of attention
our Buddhist picnic
28 Feb 2012
My first qigung class
overwhelming frustration
Feeling fidgety
27 Feb 2012
Something's not quite right,
I've been feeling strange all day;
lack of excerise?
26 Feb 2012
Circle of people
All can join us for coffee
Most of us flew here
23 Feb 2012
This long, sleepless night,
tiredness and contentment
washes over me
19 Feb 2012
This God-given gift
pushed aside for far too long
is ready to shine
17 Feb 2012
News arrives from France
A loved one passes over
She'll always be there
17 Feb 2012
Beneath the oak tree
Stuffing non-food in my trap
from a plastic box
16 Feb 2012
Another's story
a mystery, as our own
Allow space and time
15 Feb 2012
Our dreams manifest
in the most amazing ways;
just put it out there
14 Feb 2012
Like a teenage boy
one thought on my mind all day;
at my age as well!
13 Feb 2012
Skills for caravan
synchronicity working;
open up to it
12 Feb 2012
Nana's loving it
her shaking meditation
thanks to be able
11 Feb 2012
Someone's strangling me,
from another dimension.
That's what she told me.
10 Feb 2012
The rampant carrot,
the old man and the camper
it's a funny life
09 Feb 2012
Need to be here now
soupy ideas arise
the sound of the sea
07 Feb 2012
Week spent in the bush
naked folk dance round the fire
all for my birthday :)

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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