30 Nov 2016
overnight snow
the sparrow’s flight
tracks the blue sky
29 Nov 2016
unsung evening
a thin smoke curls
from her hearth
28 Nov 2016
deepest night
even the owl is silent
graveyard shift
25 Nov 2016
dawn breaks forth
in a perfume of colours
autumn garden
24 Nov 2016
autumn breeze
the tree scatters its petals
among friends
23 Nov 2016
a light weight affair
to carry you in my heart
roses in autumn
21 Nov 2016
river reflection
the stars take a dip
with the fishes
18 Nov 2016
harvest moon
still counting melons
I forget the sky
17 Nov 2016
old pond
beneath the silence
a dead frog
16 Nov 2016
rustling silk
among the lilies
the dance of a butterfly
15 Nov 2016
glimpse of heaven
a leafless tree leans out
in supplication
14 Nov 2016
his smile and mine
a sun-kissed truce
10 Nov 2016
when dancing flowers bud
among stones
09 Nov 2016
etched in stone
words sparkle with the spring
her last wish
08 Nov 2016
much beauty
‘Neath the ugliest stone
If we look
07 Nov 2016
a bit of innocence
in her smile
flower of my youth
03 Nov 2016
dawn music
only the rains
on the roof
01 Nov 2016
bent over
my letters overflow
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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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