29 Jun 2017
graveside lillies
the little girl inhales
her father's memory
28 Jun 2017
winter sun
my job blows
hot and cold
27 Jun 2017
morning of stars
leftovers...
from the previous night
23 Jun 2017
whispers of the breeze
songs of the winds
God's voice at dawn
22 Jun 2017
working late
with my boss
the moon winks at me
21 Jun 2017
summer mahogany-
the hard truth
of your beatrayal
20 Jun 2017
father's day
all my mother
could give me
15 Jun 2017
working late with my boss
the cat gives me
a knowing wink
14 Jun 2017
what! an ideal boss?
read the inscription
the boss is never wrong!
12 Jun 2017
spring tears
watering the bluebells
on my dauther's grave
09 Jun 2017
blood skies
not even heaven's tears
can erase the gore
08 Jun 2017
office retreat
discussing the boss' girlfriend
next door
07 Jun 2017
new job
the secretary's face
at my too tight suit
06 Jun 2017
spring tease
a little girl pirouettes
in her pink polka dots
05 Jun 2017
colour me red
my sari hangs off my shoulder
all night long
02 Jun 2017
forget-me-not
yellow dandelions
now a fluff in the wind
01 Jun 2017
morning rain
beneath my bedroom window
a wet school child

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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