31 Mar 2012
In this room again
mess of things that mean nothing
and don't feel like mine
29 Mar 2012
Run along the shore
to blow away the cobwebs
a break from the screen
28 Mar 2012
Moving from the old
taking control of my life
'Lemon'y-fresh starts!
27 Mar 2012
A place to call home,
even if just for three weeks;
solid bed, soft sheets
26 Mar 2012
is something I hate doing,
making it spotless
24 Mar 2012
This bar, full of freaks
tempting me with internet;
digital carrot
23 Mar 2012
Since I bashed my face
walking blindly in the dark
my left side feels sore
22 Mar 2012
Slipped back into it,
sloth-like, unhealthy lifestyle,
then berate myself
21 Mar 2012
The house, now empty
save for these four animals;
new chapter begins
19 Mar 2012
She unveils her work,
this art oozes compassion,
and lives in her smile
16 Mar 2012
So much anguish for
something that doesn't exist
and I can't pick up
14 Mar 2012
As if to a child,
I read my fiction aloud
in this quiet room
12 Mar 2012
Just for the challenge
so these tangled webs we weave;
let it run its course
10 Mar 2012
Opening the door
to that giant storage space
doesn't feel like mine
08 Mar 2012
My rock in Yorkshire
One I can always turn to
Love and thank you, Mum
07 Mar 2012
Day of frustration
Lassie vomits in my car
Dirty caravan
05 Mar 2012
I get to chat on
about something interesting...
get a free iPhone!
04 Mar 2012
Surfing in Sumner,
ocean levels everything,
glorious nature
01 Mar 2012
Long drive to Sumner
now eerily peaceful,
shadow of itself

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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