30 Mar 2013
A day of two tales...
Lissie of Arabia
The Loss of the Ring
29 Mar 2013
Puja for Shiva
and because we're not welcome
brings new friends and songs
28 Mar 2013
Weaving through rush hour;
lives in the hands of a boy
we've only just met
27 Mar 2013
Colours, everywhere;
"HAPPY HOLI!!" they scream as
they molest the girls
24 Mar 2013
Thunder and lightning
hailstones crashing down onto
Tibetan prayer flags
23 Mar 2013
Don't mess with monkeys,
because some of them mess back
and they have large teeth!
22 Mar 2013
"Wake up sleepy head,
we do sun salutations!"
she smiles down at me
17 Mar 2013
Comfy bed, silence,
tasty curry shaped like boobs,
and two wedding rings
16 Mar 2013
I am a rock; and
a rock feels no pain; and an
island never cries
14 Mar 2013
and things taken the wrong way,
the theme of the day
13 Mar 2013
Another fever;
I don't want to blame the water
but I have my doubts
12 Mar 2013
Delicious water
freely giving of itself
brings me back to life
10 Mar 2013
Om namo Shivia
Om namo Shivia
Om namo Shivia!
08 Mar 2013
Making offerings
coconut and bananas
to Lord Hanuman
07 Mar 2013
Beautiful tabla
and sitar-like instrument
goes on, and on and...
05 Mar 2013
Placing pink flowers
underneath the burning lamp;
earth mother worship
03 Mar 2013
Skiving usually
involves making less effort
I'm hardcore yogi :)
02 Mar 2013
Beside the warm lake
I practise my asanas
as the sun goes down

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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