30 May 2013
The serve needs some work
and my back-hand was not great
after four months off
29 May 2013
Valium wake up
was slow and surreal, after
night of lucid dreams
27 May 2013
Boxes of my stuff
no particular order
discovering things
26 May 2013
I sit in the sun
and fall asleep whilst reading
after the stag do
24 May 2013
A day of meetings,
crispy crunch at Oban's house,
then it's campaign time!
23 May 2013
Long drive to Yorkshire
broken by a long coffee
and chat with my Dad :)
21 May 2013
Sun God says hello
stop weeding for a moment
to give gratitude
20 May 2013
The bath watches us
spitting fizz into the sink,
thinks 'humans are odd'
17 May 2013
Resist temptation
which proved harder than I thought
but I managed it
16 May 2013
This old friend of mine
animated as always
speaks of injustice
15 May 2013
Meant to be three drops,
but this was more like a shot;
burning esophagus!
14 May 2013
Long chats with Lucy
are becomming regular
at Windyridge house
13 May 2013
Remembered my dream
woke myself, laughing so hard,
after my first night
11 May 2013
Woken by armed police
on bench at Gatwick Airport;
missed the last train home
10 May 2013
Ahoy landlubbers
it's paper, stone, scissors night
but, alas, I lost
08 May 2013
This magical place
in the middle of nowhere
was home for a day
06 May 2013
I jump through the air
like a Collie on a beach
to catch the frisbee
03 May 2013
Making grass angels
I lay here with Mother Earth,
Grandfather Sun shines
02 May 2013
The feeling, still there,
the remembering that love
is the only cure

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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