31 Aug 2013
staring at the carpet
faces revealed in the nothingness
artful inspiration
30 Aug 2013
Sitting in the quiet gray
A/C hums
Cars whoosh by outside
28 Aug 2013
Two strides, breathe in.
Two strides, breathe out.
Feet beat the rhythm.
20 Aug 2013
purple curves,
flowering neck -
life is art is life
18 Aug 2013
Slippery fish falls
to the dock and is gone
like last night's dreams
16 Aug 2013
A tear in the clouds,
split open by the sun -
sun split open by rain
14 Aug 2013
i don't care to share
so leave me alone and spare
me the mad/hurt stare
12 Aug 2013
Wind-whipped and battered
Storm surges and passes him
Relief in stillness
11 Aug 2013
tipsy, pinot noir,
wine pulsing coursing through my
blue veins, urging me
10 Aug 2013
race run well through mud
and sweat, heat, water and blood
the finish: glorious
09 Aug 2013
I'm star dust and bones
stuck together by God's hands
and spit, then left here.
08 Aug 2013
Stand in the shower
Water draining off my head
Warming to the day
07 Aug 2013
Can't find a home for
my mind/soul in my own skin
in this signless place
05 Aug 2013
My work is eating
me alive, like a termite,
destroying my house
02 Aug 2013
Skewed memories of
my childhood, distorted view
of life I'm living
01 Aug 2013
Hardening my shell
Keeping out the cruel people
And losing myself

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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