31 Jul 2015
ancient paths
his footsteps
swept by the stench of decay
30 Jul 2015
moon drizzle
a prelude
to the morning’s splinter
29 Jul 2015
flickering soot
wiping my memory
of you
28 Jul 2015
moonless night
grandma dispelling shadows
with her flickering lantern
27 Jul 2015
ghosts
flickering lantern
reveals their shadow
24 Jul 2015
along rocky paths
hidden from view
a lone daffodil
23 Jul 2015
honeysuckles
drawing him up ancient roads
view of scented hills
22 Jul 2015
behind the jazz cafe
wandering fingers of the Duke
strokes the summer night
21 Jul 2015
silver fountain
trailing the steps of the goddess
the deset beckons
17 Jul 2015
a glimpse of heaven
amidst the parting clouds
the palm tree in supplication
16 Jul 2015
noon day heat
scent of fresh palm-wine
lingering
15 Jul 2015
waterfalls
not even the stars
can dim all that sparkle
14 Jul 2015
ecstatic cascade
waterfalls
caressing summer heat
13 Jul 2015
aqua freshness
verdant rocks
bathed in silver
09 Jul 2015
unfolding wings
baby butterfly
in shy debut
08 Jul 2015
beach fever
her nudity
sheathed in summer rays
07 Jul 2015
rushing streams
sound of bamboo flute
calming savannahs
06 Jul 2015
morning light
old bench witnesses
our first kiss
03 Jul 2015
cockcrow
the stirring of leaves
heralding a new day
02 Jul 2015
overrun yard
looking for lost coin
among thorns

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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