30 Jul 2013
Trees. Grass. Street. Sidewalk.
Girl. Leash. Dog. Intersection.
Car. Man. Phone. Missed. Stop.
29 Jul 2013
Balanced on the tip
of a thought, holding too still
to fall to your ear.
28 Jul 2013
Observation is
my nature. I see the world,
an unsolved puzzle.
27 Jul 2013
Mind like a mirror,
reflecting the world, inner
and outer calmness
24 Jul 2013
Tension in a glance.
Look away, look around, can't
look at you hate me.
23 Jul 2013
Standing in the rain
Eyes down, rain drips down my nose
Embrace the deluge
22 Jul 2013
Kill a mood in an
instant with a word, a look.
Emotional punch.
21 Jul 2013
I christen you: asdf.
Purposeless order, this you.
Reorder yourself.
17 Jul 2013
Sore: my ass and back.
Sitting: too long and too bored.
Somebody save me!
16 Jul 2013
I've too many minds.
I mind this, I mind that, and
I mind them. Fragments.
15 Jul 2013
Life can be simple,
but it never seems to be.
Enjoy little things.
12 Jul 2013
I drop things in cracks.
These dark cracks are getting full,
splitting into light.
11 Jul 2013
My mental framework
is insufficient for the
task of knowing God.
10 Jul 2013
Simple to explain:
the whole world is rosewater.
Confused? So am I.
09 Jul 2013
Walnut branches dark
against its soft green leaves in
the morning sun's glow.
08 Jul 2013
Do not seek The Way.
You are the path, the journey.
Just get in and drive.
07 Jul 2013
Children can be so
thoughtless, harsh, and pitiless.
Grow up just the same.
06 Jul 2013
Today's colors are
gray, green, and rain. Morning walk
with Eden is wet.
05 Jul 2013
Reset. Do over.
Let's reboot this life and start
down a new path way.
03 Jul 2013
I have to. I should.
I must. I need. I want. I...
Wait. Do I really?
02 Jul 2013
Jumping from the peak
My options: fly, float, or drop
I will choose... Squirrel!
01 Jul 2013
I can't remember
my past lives if I've had them
Unrentative soul

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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