15 Aug 2018
Sun lays the first warmth
in slow movement along rows
breathing a new life
14 Aug 2018
Rain slows everything
the thoughts the movement the life
just more steps ahead
13 Aug 2018
Almost seasons change
down the chardonnay alley
between two old posts
12 Aug 2018
Without any move
stay still in one position
until the last dawn
11 Aug 2018
End of winter but
pulling oysters of the rock
and back to past torn
10 Aug 2018
Touch of acceptence
a wire of connections
fresh taste of same life
09 Aug 2018
Longer afternoon
one bid for normality
in a twisted world
08 Aug 2018
Try to lift it up
but falling down still it is
otherwise smile counts
07 Aug 2018
Drenched to the soul
almost losted in madness
of twisted mind set
06 Aug 2018
Feel like lost in space
one step too far step behind
turning clock around
05 Aug 2018
No place to argue
but can't find a common way
swirling in suspense
04 Aug 2018
Day out of schedule
just cruise around town in vein
flow action and wine
02 Aug 2018
Sensation is like
the dimples on the wine glass
opening new taste
01 Aug 2018
Come back to the place
but from the different side
in my element

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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