29 May 2013
Silently, she coils
Seamlessly into herself
Stagnant and serene
23 May 2013
His dagger-like words
Pierce through my weak arteries
And oh! How I bleed
22 May 2013
Furious winds sweep through
dredges of your betrayal
leaving me with calm
21 May 2013
Your love betrays me
To gladly die by your hands
In Caesar-like style
20 May 2013
Gentle crack eases
Glorious bundles to being
The beauty of birth
14 May 2013
Dry carpet of grass
Adorns the grounds of famine
The African Dream
13 May 2013
Sadly the morning mist
Drifts past the tear-stained window
The final farewell
10 May 2013
Powerful quake hits
My heart does a somersault
Ah, love at first sight
09 May 2013
The clouds darken as
The days draw to a sad close
Final curtain call
08 May 2013
Night bell tolls the hour
Ominous fluttering of wings
Trees tremble in fear
07 May 2013
Scorned, abused, trodden
But I’ll rise, like the phoenix
No more a pariah
06 May 2013
He said unto them
I’ll make you fishers of men
And not of gold-fish

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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