24 Apr 2014
Staring at it in
the back of my mind - it grows
larger looming there
23 Apr 2014
early morning, I
stretch my arms to the sky and
soak in those bright rays
20 Apr 2014
Smell of new blossoms
sweet, strong. Whiskey nightcap on
a happy Easter.
19 Apr 2014
Riding bicycles
down the road with my girls
under spring's blue sky
18 Apr 2014
Picking white flowers
off the pear tree, learning to
appreciate spring
16 Apr 2014
Sinking to hell with
a millstone around my neck -
weight of mother's guilt
15 Apr 2014
What does it mean when
a red bird comes into your
house? A guardian
13 Apr 2014
two of life's
inevitabilities:
bourbon and taxes
12 Apr 2014
boiling sap on fire
ash in wind, smoke in air
syrup end product
11 Apr 2014
she cried for the world
to revolve around her but
it just wouldn't
09 Apr 2014
green grass slopes easy
down to the creek, water drifts -
my noon thinking place
08 Apr 2014
A walk in the park
A lobster tail by the door
A wire on the tile
06 Apr 2014
Geese meandering
in the parking lot, searching
for what is missing.
04 Apr 2014
Mexican lunch with
a long wait - chips and salsa
didn't stand a chance

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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