30 Oct 2013
Venus rises bright,
beauty owns the sky,
love light, not lightly
26 Oct 2013
blue meets white
ocean and sand
a fickle line
24 Oct 2013
Caught unawares by
the cold - season turns like
a leaf on the wind
23 Oct 2013
There's no other me
like me; there's no reason for
me to not like me
21 Oct 2013
On that last day, I
lost my "I love you" in your
careless "Nevermind."
18 Oct 2013
If the light from a
star could draw me up, I'd go
live in the night sky.
17 Oct 2013
In the absence of
a propper rabbit hole, I
could dive into you.
16 Oct 2013
As the sun rises, the
world changes from black and white
to colorful life.
14 Oct 2013
You'll see me, out in
left field, playing funny games,
me and my weird brain.
12 Oct 2013
Blue grass music by
the Ohio. Kids throw stones in
to make their splashes.
11 Oct 2013
Scrape the words off of
my tongue if you must, but they'll
be messy that way.
10 Oct 2013
Moving through the dark.
Shadows darting in from the
edges and fading.
09 Oct 2013
Stop a thought in mid
flight. Change its direction, and
send it off again.
08 Oct 2013
Red lamp in the fog,
pre-dawn beacon of day's
inexoriable approach
06 Oct 2013
Touch of red on
the tip of a branch.
Autumn's finger.
04 Oct 2013
She walks to the park
with heavy feet. He breaks her
heart just like she knew.
02 Oct 2013
Getting up is the
hardest thing. Gravity's hand
is morning-heavy.

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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