21 Jun 2018
From cold warm to cold
with the shortest sun setting
above the vineyard
20 Jun 2018
Like slowly rolling
the usual midweek day
off from work but not
19 Jun 2018
Cutting vines again
it is late in the season
but time to good start
18 Jun 2018
Get the best tickets
while she is interviewing
all set for good time
17 Jun 2018
Slow down and relax
as the winter should be like
than front new time stage
16 Jun 2018
Fresh tomato soup
like an open heart transplant
in a wooden box
15 Jun 2018
Now with the label
in the middle of passport
she is right in all
14 Jun 2018
Step to everything
breaking out the many spells
in all around me
13 Jun 2018
My small world round turn
just what it normally is
revolving itself
12 Jun 2018
Slow like a snail move
but with reminiscences
of past times ahead
11 Jun 2018
Straightening the wheels
with the positive outlook
for good position
09 Jun 2018
And we continue
in our New Zealand world
as we choose to be
08 Jun 2018
Yes she has got it
the residence permit gift
the world opens wide
07 Jun 2018
New rubber on wheels
despite the suspended flow
where things bite deep in
06 Jun 2018
Up and down it goes
like the season around us
rise to drop around
04 Jun 2018
Between one step and
two step forward on full scale
float between the wines

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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Contact

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me,





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