Does anyone remember back when all of us who are big Hunger Games fans were waiting for movie casting news of Cinna and President Snow? Someone started doing haikus on Twitter, and the next thing I knew I was spending hours creating and reading haikus about these two characters and why they are so important. I think haikus are great because they do not take long to compose, yet they are creative and fun. Haikus remind us that a poem does not have to be long to make an impact. I like that. In three lines you can convey silliness, deepness, emotion, love. In three lines you can make a statement.
So when I got an email about a book of haikus, I thought it would be fun to take a look. The author, who goes under the pen name Kakos Kakos starts his book with an explanation of what a haiku is:
"In essence, Haiku is composed of just three lines. The first line is one to five syllables and this is where the poet makes a statement. The second line is one to seven syllables where the poet usually states emotion. The third line is one to five syllables where the poet states a bit of spiritualism."
Here are a couple from the book that I liked:
Curse the darkness
Rapidly blinking eyes
And light a candle
Dance girl dance!
Always swing your dress around
And worship your youth
Now it's your turn!
I want to see your haikus! Write me one or a few in the comments. I'll pick a winner of an autographed copy of In A Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth. Good luck and have fun!