31 Mar 2015
sleepless night
your cologne
whispers to me
30 Mar 2015
a jewel
under weeping willow
teardrops
27 Mar 2015
weeping willows
shedding their branches
rivulets
26 Mar 2015
teardrops
sweeping the earth
bounteous rains
25 Mar 2015
seeking many paths
all shots lead but to the clouds
flight of the arrow
24 Mar 2015
skimming through
reports and memos
a loud yawn
23 Mar 2015
fruit of the womb
a sunshiny yellow yolk
fragrance of Spring
20 Mar 2015
fresh yellow crocus
blooming in beauty and grace
fruit of the womb
19 Mar 2015
black monsters
snarling across space
zigzag stealth
18 Mar 2015
night of thunderstorm
crushing on billowing waves
tiny empty shells
17 Mar 2015
echoes
the sound of wind
above the ripples
16 Mar 2015
whispers
the sound of leaves
trailing the silence
13 Mar 2015
ripples
the sound of silence
eating up the rocks
12 Mar 2015
in the silence
Buddha’s breath
stirs the pond
11 Mar 2015
in anguish
my only refuge
is high up
10 Mar 2015
where the horizons
kiss undulating meadows
you and I are one
09 Mar 2015
reflection
in the mirror
a stranger
05 Mar 2015
dreaming of sunset
I cover my nakedness
with its fading glow
04 Mar 2015
waiting to inhale
this gift of March
a scented breath
03 Mar 2015
precision of love
is based on intentions
he missed the mark
02 Mar 2015
well-meaning plans
evaporate with the breeze
locked in her arms

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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