31 Dec 2013
New year peaks around
a cold corner and readies
for its big debut
30 Dec 2013
The world seems in fast-
forward around me while I
move languidly through
27 Dec 2013
Searching the streets for
my manifest destiny,
going in circles
24 Dec 2013
Cookies for Santa
and a glass of brandy.
Now we wait, eyes bright...
20 Dec 2013
You look into my
eyes deeply and I see
only your color
16 Dec 2013
It's dark and white and
quiet. Surprisingly so.
No forecast for snow.
12 Dec 2013
For lunch: leftover
chinese rice and chicken, twitter,
and today's headlines
11 Dec 2013
Dirty windshield that
refuses to be wiped clean -
journey's hazy view
10 Dec 2013
Dream of holding a
bone chunk that was once a man.
Heartbeat awakens.
08 Dec 2013
Snow like hyperspace
while driving, x-wing Honda.
Where's my light saber?
06 Dec 2013
Winter storm, kids home.
Energy mounts inside
as well as out.
05 Dec 2013
The air chills
The sky darkens
White death approaches
04 Dec 2013
Afternoon tea and
poetic ruminations,
this moment's pleasures
03 Dec 2013
She says, "Satan is
a rat." I say, "Your mind is
a magical place."
02 Dec 2013
I won't fit in the
box you've prepared, nor in a
room of such boxes.
01 Dec 2013
Christmas tree assembly:
a salute to autumn's
final leaflessness

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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