31 Aug 2015
bedside vigil
his breath slowly fading
with my memories
27 Aug 2015
lingering fragrance
I stumble on mother’s scarf
frayed with memories
26 Aug 2015
mother’s scarf
I stumble upon her memories
wrapped in fragrance
25 Aug 2015
just that dawn touch
perfumed breath
misting my window
24 Aug 2015
chestnuts
floating on rippling laughter
the sound of water
21 Aug 2015
old pond
children’s laughter
floating with the chestnuts
20 Aug 2015
silent splinter
through the velvet darkness
a blue halo
19 Aug 2015
blue moon
sated with your iridescence
my hour of bewitchment
18 Aug 2015
bathed
in the glow of Mt Fuji
I’m one with the universe
17 Aug 2015
endless skies
dreaming of the sunrise
atop Mt Fuji
14 Aug 2015
thatched eaves
her only cover
for a midday nap
13 Aug 2015
midday nap
a bouquet of beads
her only cover
12 Aug 2015
mirror image
the crackling wrinkles
of my mother
11 Aug 2015
morning’s light
in a love affair
with the buds
10 Aug 2015
morning perfume
the valley’s drums
softly stirring the lilies
07 Aug 2015
summer heat
throbbing on our tongues
strawberries
06 Aug 2015
where the oceans meet the clouds
you and I
are one
05 Aug 2015
unblemished waters
stray sands disappearing
into billowing waves
04 Aug 2015
entangled
I search for grain of truth
in emerald purity
03 Aug 2015
shoreline
tracing my steps
where oceans meet clouds
01 Aug 2015
ah, spring
blooming of cherry blossoms
in the cycle of re-birth

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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