Haiku Friday: Unwanting. A haiku.

Unwanting
This poor man walks in
grace, so humble and contrite
and wanting nothing.

What is a haiku? Glad you asked. Click here to find out more.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

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Writer Interrupted: Writing Haiku

What is a Haiku?

The Haiku is a poetic form that originated in Japan as early as the 9th or 13th Century, depending on what you read, but wasn’t known by the term Haiku until the 19th century.

Want to know more about Haiku history? Click here.

Traditionally, they focussed on nature and emphasised simplicity.

Each line of the poem has specific syllabic criteria:

1st Line: 5 syllables
2nd Line: 7 syllables
3rd Line: 5 syllables

Want to know how to count syllables? Click here. 

Examples of Japanese Haiku

April’s air stirs in
Willow-leaves…a butterfly
Floats and balances
― Bashō, Japanese Haiku

Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still…
Iris, blue each spring
― Shushiki, Japanese Haiku

Modern Haiku

Modern Haiku can vary dramatically from the original intent in terms of subject matter. Some even depart from the syllabic criteria (which calls into question whether they should be considered Haiku).

For some cool, nature-oriented examples, click here.

And here’s a few Haiku I wrote about writing Haiku:

Writing Haiku. A Haiku trilogy.

1.
In every dew drop,
I see the acorn of thought
that grows into oak.
2.
Language comes alive.
My mind is afire with life,
burned on the white page.
3.
Acorn now grown tall,
the tree outlined in firelight.
Feel these sunset words.

– Stephen Thompson, Modern Haiku

For more of my Haiku, click here.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

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Haiku Friday: Third Degree. A haiku.

Third Degree
Caustic heart branding
third degree burns on my soul.
Tell me again—why?

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poems, some from my head, some from my heart. Many don’t appear on this website. For more of my poetry, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book, available at most online book sellers.

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Haiku Friday: Inbetween. A haiku.

Inbetween
Caught in the middle,
the dutiful advocate.
Which way do you turn?

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poems, some from my head, some from my heart. Many don’t appear on this website. For more of my poetry, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book, available at most online book sellers.

Click here to find out how to get your copy.

Haiku Friday: Angel. A haiku.

Angel

You descended from
on high, an angel whose wings
could fly no longer.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poems, some from my head, some from my heart. Many don’t appear on this website. For more of my poetry, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book, available at most online book sellers.

Click here to find out how to get your copy.

Haiku Friday: Tragedy. A haiku.

Tragedy

Tragedy is what
those who deter from fate’s path
call coincidence.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poems, some from my head, some from my heart. Many don’t appear on this website. For more of my poetry, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book, available at most online book sellers.

Click here to find out how to get your copy.

Haiku Friday: The Path. A haiku.

The Path
Thank me when the night
journeys into day and the
path is lit again.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poems, some from my head, some from my heart. Many don’t appear on this website. For more of my poetry, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book, available at most online book sellers.
Click here to find out how to purchase a copy

Haiku Friday: Spectrum. A haiku.

Spectrum

This tincture of light,
these pigments that colour you
the spectrum of love.

Just in case you weren’t sure, Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable/line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poetry, some of which comes from my head, some from my heart. For more poems, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers.
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Haiku Friday. Talk – a lone haiku.

Talk

Talk like you want to:
let your velvet expletives
fly free like the breeze.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

I write a lot of poetry, some of which doesn’t appear on this website. For more poems, check out The All or the Nothing, my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers.
Click here to buy a copy!

Haiku Friday. Shadow – a lone haiku.

Shadow

The lone flower in
the field is shaded by the
shadow of your doubt.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable and line structure.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

The All or the Nothing is my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers. To find out how to buy a copy,
click here.

Haiku Friday. A lone haiku.

Embalmed. A Haiku.

I’m embalmed by life.
I will lie in state for you
to consume your fill.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable structure.

Okay, okay, I know you know that already!

Cheers

Steve 🙂

The All or the Nothing is my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers. To find out how to buy a copy,
click here.

An Exercise in Poetic Styles

Here’s a response I did for Uni. You might like to try the exercise out yourself.

Cheers

Steve 😊

Write a haiku (formal style) on the theme of water and then write a free verse piece (of no more than 10 lines) on the theme of water. Which style worked best for you? What stumbling blocks did you have to overcome in each?

Water Haiku

Your water cascades
Caressing valleys and hills
I will drink deeply

Stephen Thompson

Deep Water

Deep
 
How deep my heart has sunk,
into depths
unmeasured
 
(I swim
amongst broken hulls and dead men’s skulls,
coral memories and crustacean verdigris,
viscous cold and furtive shoals
shaping origami headstones,
draped in ocean’s finery.)
 
How drenched is my heart,
drenched in depths
unmeasured
 
Deep  

Stephen Thompson

 

I enjoy writing Haiku because it can be challenging to find a theme that works in the 5/7/5 syllable structure. Haikus can say so much in so little space and it’s one of the reasons I love them so much.

Free verse is always fun, because I can play around with meter and time, line length, enjambment, etc. without any need to worry about poetic constraints; it’s easier for me to come up with interesting imagery. Often the theme of the poem presents itself as the poem progresses, or a new one is formed when the poem is completed.

I love free verse, but I believe that learning forms with specific poetic structures (such as the villanelle, sestina, pastoral, etc.) force you to be a better poet, because you have to work outside your comfort zone and within a stricter format.

Cheers

Steve 😊

Haiku Friday. ‘Journey’. A haiku.

Journey. A Haiku.

Our journey begins:
gentle solicitous touch.
Now, scream together.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable structure.

What, you knew? Fair enough.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

The All or the Nothing is my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers. To find out how to buy a copy,
click here.

Haiku Friday. A lone haiku.

Uncertainty. A haiku.

This uncertainty
stems from not knowing the truth
that lies in all things.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable structure. You knew that already, so I’ll just shut up now.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

The All or the Nothing is my first e-book of poetry, available at most online book sellers. To find out how to buy a copy,
click here.

Haiku Friday. A lone haiku.

Trepidation. A haiku.

My trepidation
lingers like dirty feet on
too-clean front door mats.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form with a strict 5/7/5 syllable structure. But you knew that already.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

The All or the Nothing is my first e-book of poetry. To find out how to buy a copy,
click here.

Haiku Friday. ‘Isolated’, a haiku trilogy.

Isolated – a haiku trilogy

1. Veil
If only I could
take away the coal-black veil
encompassing me.

2. Crown
My only constant:
crown of thorns, heavy on my
lonely, empty heart.

3. Walls
Do you hear me cry?
Perhaps the walls I built here
block the noise too well.

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Haiku Friday. ‘Cold’, a haiku trilogy.

‘Cold’, a haiku trilogy.

1. Cold
It’s so cold in here.
Icicles within your stare
doth make me shiver.

2. Distant
To cross this tundra,
where wind, snow and ice, doth reign.
Find a way to you.

3. Frozen
Frozen statue, me.
Fear hath made me what I am.
Fear won’t let me go.

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Haiku Friday. ‘Caught, Caged and Sentenced’. A haiku trilogy.

Caught, Caged and Sentenced. A haiku trilogy.

Caught
You have trapped me here.
I once wandered, so lonely,
until your net fell.

Caged
I am in your cage,
your pristine cell; I’m locked in,
pacing back and forth.

Sentenced
Will you set me free?
Or will you taunt and tease me,
then leave me to rot?

Oh, delicious haiku! Your 5/7/5 syllable structure had me at ‘hello’. Or maybe that should be ‘haiku’.

Steve 🙂

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Haiku Friday. ‘Dressed to Kill’, a haiku trilogy.

Dressed to Kill. A haiku trilogy.

1. Dressed

Dressed to kill, you are;
A fortunate turn for me,
can’t avert my eyes.

2. High

You float on high heels,
that could puncture my heart through
like Cupid’s arrow.

3. Gone

In an instant, gone;
Another mystery, you.
The past is fleeting.

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Haiku Friday. ‘Star Shells Sing’ – a haiku trilogy.

Star Shells Sing. A haiku trilogy.

1. Star

See the stars above,
sing songs of restless passion.
I know how they feel.

2. Shells

I would take them all;
capture all the star-bright shells,
cast them on your shore.

3. Sing

My shore-stars would sing
a melody of longing,
music just for you.

My first book of poetry, The All or the Nothing, is available now as an e-book from most online distributors. To find out more, click here.

Haiku Friday. ‘Watery Kiss’, a haiku trilogy.

Watery Kiss. A haiku trilogy

1. Concrete
My feet are concrete.
I swim the depths of my heart.
Ocean bottom calls.

2. Goldfish
My lungs filling up.
liquid in mouth, on the brain.
Goldfish down, am I.

3. Calcified
Funereal bliss.
Watery embrace, you call.
Calcified love; gone.

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Haiku Friday. ‘Judas’, a haiku trilogy.

Judas. A haiku trilogy.

1. Judas
Please, don’t put your faith
in a Judas such as he.
He will always fail.

2. Wanting
He betrays himself
in every scattered thought
and comes up wanting.

3. Better
Better to find one
who will love you as they should,
and not as he would.

Haiku Friday. ‘Sands’. A haiku trilogy.

Sands. A haiku trilogy.

1. Beachhead
Beachhead: we arrive.
They abscond over the dune
sea, we soon give chase.

2. Flight
The flight of the few.
Seeking life beyond the dust,
they long to escape.

3. Lost
The sand shifts under
foot, the minuscule grains flow.
The chased are soon lost.

Haiku Friday. ‘Renewal’, a haiku trilogy.

Renewal. A haiku trilogy

1. Passage
Please, grant me passage
that this testament should see
another sunset.

2. Buried
And here I lie, buried
underground. A cadaver
for your amusement.

3. Daybreak
I will claw my way
back from this intransigence
to taste the daybreak.

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Haiku, I love you.
Let me count the syllables.
Five-seven-five. Mmmmmm…

See what I did there?

Cheers

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. ‘Lost Muse’. A haiku trilogy.

Lost Muse. A haiku trilogy

1. Purpose
When it takes its leave.
Gone: the purpose, the will and
the testimony.

2. Black
Where do we exist,
now that the sun is dimmed,
fallow and so spent.

3. Steps
What I would give to
hold her hand. Another step
beyond this despair.

My love for the 5/7/5-syllable majesty of Japanese haikus will never dim. As will my longing for my muse, no matter how hard I try to extinguish it.

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. ‘Bereft’, a haiku trilogy.

Bereft. A haiku trilogy.

1. Ebb
The last ebb of life,
seeping like sweat from my pores.
Let it go, you fool.

2. Ash
My heart is sliced
from my chest, burned alive;
all feeling, now ash.

3. Bereft
My solution lost
upon a sea bereft of
possibility.

.
Well, I hope you’ve had a better week than me.

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. ‘Wings’, a haiku pentalogy.

Wings – a haiku pentalogy

1. Moment
One tragic moment
to turn your heart into ice;
extinguish the flame.

2. Deficiency
Such deficiency
within your mind, body and soul.
Pray you find the light.

3. Your Turn
Heaven weeps tonight
with all the unworthy souls.
Is it your turn now?

4. Redeemed
Walk the endless night,
a tightrope of redemption.
Return on gold wings.

5. Open Arms
Dare you try to fly
into heaven’s open arms?
The earth holds you firm.

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Wow, this became a bit of a 5/7/5 syllable opus.

Oh well, sometimes poems have a literal life of their own.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. Anxiety. A Haiku Trilogy.

Anxiety. A haiku trilogy.

1. Harbinger
Tingling on your skin,
harbinger of darker things.
The skies open wide.

2. Run
Run while you still can,
‘fore this acid rain melts you.
Too much weight to bear.

3. Hide
You can’t hide from this.
A pall hangs over you that
doggedly consumes.


I suffer from anxiety, but manage it much more effectively now than I did a few years ago.

These haikus are for all the anxiety sufferers out there.

Stay strong

Steve 🙂

My first book of poetry, The All or the Nothing, is available now as an e-book from most online distributors. To find out more, click here.

Haiku Friday. Three freaky haikus.

Message
I got a message,
anonymous, confusing.
“Don’t wait up,” it said.

Nerd
Glasses, weird hair cut,
quirky disregard for all.
“Grab a seat, player!”

Dog
All dogs love me so.
Must be my cool aftershave.
Or meat in pocket.

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Haikus, those wonderful little 5/7/5 syllable Japanese poems, are usually serious.

I decided serious is not for me, today.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. Three Haikus pour vous!

Fence Sitter
Here in your desert,
every choice a mirage;
each oasis lost.

Silence
Shy, foolish man child, 
so terminally quiet.
Silence will end you.

Bloom
I wish love would bloom.
In the field of broken hearts,
loneliness grows strong.

.

Well, it’s that time of the week again. Haiku Friday demands three line poems with a 5/7/5 syllable structure. 

And what Haiku Friday demands, it gets!

Cheers

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. Yep, it’s a thing, now.

 

Ahead. A Haiku Trilogy.

 

Mouth
The subversive grin
Making mellifluous voice
A love explosion

Eyes
Eyes of deep regret
Wash away your highest hopes
Rivers to the sea

Ears
What bitter sounds made
Cannot be unheard again
Forever doubting

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It’s Haiku Friday. (Yeah, I made it a thing last week. I can do that. I think.)

Here’s some Haiku I composed, just for you.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

Haiku Friday. Three haikus in a row.

Congregation

This congregation
What secrets are kept in here
Hidden agendas

Tai Chi

Slow and graceful moves
All mindfulness and mystique
Far too many forms

Prayer

Bend my knee to Thou
Communicate by steeple
Wait for an answer

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If you’ve followed me for a while you will know I absolutely love Japanese Haiku, with its 5/7/5 syllable structure. Here’s a few I wrote recently.

I think I’ll make Haiku Friday my ‘thing’ for Fridays. Just because.

Cheers

Steve 🙂

PS Want to read some more Haiku? Whereku? Hereku

On the Shelf. A haiku trilogy.

Lost

Another friend lost
Empty space upon the shelf
Whispered remembrance

Alone

Walking in my sleep
Dreaming alone as always
Isolationist

Reflections

Friendship, charity?
Mature reflections adrift
Empty shelf beckons


Friendships can be hard to find and to keep, especially as one grows older. If you’re an introvert it can make it even harder. It’s not easy to find someone you connect with and let it grow to a point where you can say you are ‘real’ friends, rather than acquaintances.

I recently lost a good friend. Lots of reasons why: circumstances, distance, family commitments, time. I’m not really sure why people ‘disconnect’. In a world where communication over distance is so much easier than before, you wouldn’t think it would be an issue.

But that’s how the cookie crumbles. I have less friends in my life now than I ever had, but the ones I have left remain true. And sometimes that’s all you can hope for.

Steve

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