30 Nov 2015
from the Altai
breathing in the skies
and…His presence
26 Nov 2015
crescent moon
breathing in the lake
mirrors the night
24 Nov 2015
war galore
they eat pepper and salt
to spew out spite
23 Nov 2015
unknown stories
still lingering in the scars
of yesteryears
20 Nov 2015
maple tree
falling seeds budding
in my palm
19 Nov 2015
maple leaf
inhaling the scent of
peace
18 Nov 2015
full steam
scent of coffee lingering
long after the rains
17 Nov 2015
how calm she looks
sheathed only in beads of dew
his fingers trailing
16 Nov 2015
time suspends
slowly exhaling
the now
11 Nov 2015
breathless moment
time stands still
only to roll back
10 Nov 2015
dreaming of the stars
you forgot to say goodbye
that final journey
09 Nov 2015
moaning all night
autumn trees spread confetti
in silent farewell
06 Nov 2015
at break of dawn
in place of the full moon
two twinkling stars
05 Nov 2015
lone stars
remnants of the full moon’s
banquet
04 Nov 2015
mingling
his tears and mine
we taste love
02 Nov 2015
under my skin
your breathe tickles me
more and more

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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