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February 23, 2014

Haiku and Nature

Haiku is a very good way to keep in touch with nature. Haiku poetry is immediate and direct. You write about something striking you see in nature. The poem expresses how the event in nature moves you. The poetry form can be 5-7-5 syllables, or 3-5-3 syllables, or free syllables. This short poetry takes much time and care to find the right words. It must be both simple and expressive. It is a very attractive writing form for minimalists like myself. Here are some examples:

Apples fall
Sweet moldy dampness
Fog enfolds.

Empty nest up high
In a thousand bare branches
Smoky blue forest.

Poetry like this is great for outdoorsy people. Sit at the beach and watch the waves while you write. Think about it as you ride your bike. You can compose it in your head as you hike. I like to speak it out loud as I drive long distances in my car. If you want to learn the form and become a poet, read this SimpleTens article: How to Write a Haiku Poem.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and I would love to see some of your poetry.
O, Sweet Nature

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