30 Oct 2015
under my skin
breathing you
and the breeze
29 Oct 2015
twitting the goodness
of God
28 Oct 2015
velvet night
waltzing on the moon
27 Oct 2015
barrel of water
reflecting the moon's shimmer
a magic moment
26 Oct 2015
Autumn leaves
how silently they fall
magic moment
23 Oct 2015
midday nap
again and again
I hear you
22 Oct 2015
rustling wind
the scent of lilies
hugging the dawn
21 Oct 2015
guitar man
your strings pull me in
over hills
20 Oct 2015
harmattan prelude
a shower of dust and rain
vie for attention
19 Oct 2015
wrapped in gossamer layers
who can this be?
fresh onions of spring
17 Oct 2015
advancing army
bound with a single sash
no, just brooms
16 Oct 2015
raging storm
stranger seeks shelter
in my heart
15 Oct 2015
in my heart
a storm is brewing
14 Oct 2015
raging storm
stranger seeks shelter
in my heart
13 Oct 2015
seeking many paths
all arrows lead to her heart
shots of the archer
12 Oct 2015
butterflies and birds
on an exchange of colours
bright autumn morning
09 Oct 2015
restlessly they rise up
in kaleidoscopic hues
these plumes of feathers
08 Oct 2015
a cloud of flowers
rising above the dust
dance of peacocks
07 Oct 2015
coloured leaves
autumn plays the ace
to my spade
06 Oct 2015
between the sheets
the warm nuzzle
of my poodle
05 Oct 2015
under the willow
he sweeps away fallen leaves
along with her tears
02 Oct 2015
stabilized pulse
breathing in your musk
after sundown
01 Oct 2015
first snow
crystal flakes sweeping the earth
manna from heaven

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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