31 May 2012
Feeling unwell today
like many folk around here
coughing and sneezing
30 May 2012
As a man thinketh...
This man hath been thinkething
far too much of late
28 May 2012
Five twenty eight day;
yet why do I feel so bad,
on this day of love?
27 May 2012
Like fighting felines
their drunken howling and screams
approach with love heals
25 May 2012
Not much sleep last night
Sandwich board drama filled day
Asha, my saviour
23 May 2012
Wished upon a star
and sure enough the next day
one LuckyDucky
22 May 2012
My time to play skip
Choosing my own strategy
peaches are my prize
21 May 2012
Passive aggressive
she mopes around; yoga helps
me regain my qi
19 May 2012
Awoke to the sea
and the birds singing to me,
my left nostril, blocked
19 May 2012
Such a hectic day
After all the soup was sold
I'll sleep by the beach
18 May 2012
It's in the paper,
It's the point of no return,
It's soup-a-go-go!
17 May 2012
Buzzing to the field
World's media watches on
I use 'World' loosely
16 May 2012
Many things at once
Starting to feel the pressure
Need to set less goals
15 May 2012
Pieces of old wood
some paint and hard work, comes a
sandwich board, for soup
14 May 2012
Qigong then yoga,
got my heart chakra tingling
and now I need sleep
13 May 2012
Goodbye to a friend
A true light being on earth
Pot luck gathering
12 May 2012
They're at it again
the powers that shouldn't be
whispey skies above
10 May 2012
Planning the future
remaining present and true,
projecting our dreams
09 May 2012
Giant wooly socks
Melting and resonating
Angels in full view
08 May 2012
Landed in Auckland,
it's raining as usual
Can't beat Nelson's sun!
07 May 2012
Digital swear box
Story of the barking dog
Soften my approach
06 May 2012
I know it's silly
and doesn't make much difference,
but Mi Shell is off
05 May 2012
Orange cones surround
the middle of the carpark
she heals me with sound
04 May 2012
Listening to love,
I will be alone again
tonight my dear
03 May 2012
Run to Atawhai
Burning all those calories
Then Dominos - Bad :(
02 May 2012
Quickly it changes
Moods like a roller coaster
Along with my health
01 May 2012
Big smiles and thumbs up
from so many passers by
as I buzz along

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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