30 Jun 2012
Coincidences; karmic
incidences, too real
unreal moments
29 Jun 2012
Efflorescence and
deliquesence; serenade -
Linguistic lovesong
28 Jun 2012
The strawberry girl
with her faces unfurling;
kaleidoscope world
27 Jun 2012
Es shemen; may anointing
sun shine brilliantly
on the fruitful gift
26 Jun 2012
Sepharic fury of Faith
Hunter's Host; di-vision-ary
25 Jun 2012
of how the heart's nuclei
recognise others
24 Jun 2012
Keats tricuspid valve
Held out, warm, and capable
Awaits given grasp
23 Jun 2012
Sort two second teens
childhood momento mori;
time concertinas
22 Jun 2012
A degustation; wild words
roam in packs over pages.
True lies as short yarn
21 Jun 2012
Glass horseman gallops
Neath chickenfoot chandelier
Merging minds take wing
20 Jun 2012
Negotiating the taut skin
of this strange world.
Wish: to learn afresh
19 Jun 2012
Breathing into you [ as e.e.]
Leaping greenly spirits
Lift me from the no
18 Jun 2012
Kitchen magic - Casts
Gendered bodies; sugar, spice
Socially all nice
17 Jun 2012
Gratitude and grace
Universal currency
Divinely gifted
16 Jun 2012
The pearl-like lustre
Poppy-coloured radiance
Of the brand new blooms
15 Jun 2012
Plath's solilioquys
Lack the full & clear; silence
the song of the source
14 Jun 2012
Sigh of contentment
Rhizomes have resumed
01 Jun 2012
Umbilical cord
Vestigial connection
Heart correlation

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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