From Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare, poetry comes in all shapes and sizes. But did you know that not all poetry has to rhyme? The ancient form of Japanese poetry, known as a HAIKU, is a perfect example of how you can start to exercise your poetic voice.
Writing a Haiku can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, or rather 5, 7, 5. Haikus are just three short lines: the first is 5 beats (or syllables), the second line is 7 beats and the last line is 5 beats again. With so few words in a Haiku, each word is SUPER important for telling your story, so choose carefully! Traditionally Haikus are about nature, so grab a pen and paper, listen to the birds, feel the freckles popping up on your nose or notice all those slimy worms on the sidewalk after a rainstorm and get to writing!
Here are two examples. Clap out the beats for practice.
Drip drop goes the rain (5)
All on my sidewalk I see (7)
Lots of slimy worms (5)
Handstands in the pool (5)
Mommy look under water (7)
Summer memories (5)
What will you write your Haiku about? There’s no such thing as the Poetry Police, so go have some Haiku fun!
And here’s one more since we’re enjoying this too:
Small paws, twitchy nose (5)
Do you know what the fox says? (7)
Sing the song to learn! (5)