A Haiku Poem about a Haiku Poem Instructions:

For this Writing Assignment, you’re asked to write a haiku poem about haiku poems. You can write about what people normally write in a haiku poem, how a haiku poem is formed, and/or how you feel about writing haiku poems. This assignment might sound tricky, but I know you can do it! Write at least 9 lines (3 sets) and have fun. 

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These aren’t your run of the mill haikus.

Atypically Typical

I personally love writing haikus, although it’s not something I usually do in my free time. Haikus are traditionally about the beauty of nature, but these haikus have a little twist to them. In my haikus, I focused on what haikus are usually about, the rhyme scheme (the lack of one), and how to write them.

This first tweet (aka my haiku) looks at the subjects of haikus. Most of the haikus I have read are about the ocean, trees, animals, etc. In the poem, I am writing about what haikus are normally about by saying that the poem is not about those subjects. I am still saying that nature is beautiful, but not as directly as traditional poems. Because this poem is not exactly the typical haiku, although it is about nature’s beauty, I titled it “Atypically Typical.”

Rhyme Time

In this second tweet/haiku, I was playing with the fact that poems are most often associated with rhyming, and haikus usually lack this special element. This haiku kind of expresses how I feel about writing haikus that don’t rhyme. With the poem only being three lines long, I can see why there doesn’t need to be a rhyme. But also, because of its brevity, it can make even more fun to make just simple rhymes. The word “rhyme” itself rhymes with so many words, so I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity like this.

I named this haiku “Rhyme Time” because it rhymes, and the poem is advocating for haikus to rhyme. I also liked this title because “rhyme” and “time” rhyme. It’s very simple, but I love it.

One, two, three…

This last tweet/haiku is about how to form a haiku. It’s not the most descriptive when it comes to instructing someone how to write this type of poem. The haiku is probably best as a mnemonic device to help someone remember how to write a haiku. I got an idea for this poem from the Jackson 5 song, “ABC”. I did not realize until after I wrote it that the “one, two, three…” in the poem could represent the number of lines a haiku has.

“One, two, three…” is the title of this haiku because of no particular reason. I liked that part of the haiku, so I just made it the title. The reason behind this title is not as deep as the other ones, but I am proud of it as much as the other titles.

Why Tweet the Haikus?

I chose to tweet the haikus because I feel like they looked best on Twitter. At first, I tried to type them directly onto the blog post, but that did not work out the way I wanted. Everytime I would try to go to the next line, there would be a large gap, and it was not visually pleasing. I tweeted them all separately for the same reason. I also knew that I wanted to explain each tweet/haiku individually, tweeting them by themselves was me just planning ahead.

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