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RECIPE: Haiku Haiku

Ingredients
You need to spend some time, watching and listening, absorbing what you saw. A haiku can feel like a statement, or a thought. Its briefness is like a ‘twitter’ it can be funny, direct, make you think about something differently, see it in a new light.
Pen and paper, an idea or something you’ve seen that inspires you to create a haiku about it. I put mine up on a blog, the good the bad and the ugly. A lot of the subjects are very personal themes.

Method
Writing Haiku’s: The poetry form of haikus originated in Japan and consists of three lines which in total contain a maximum of 17 syllables, in a form of 5-7-5 syllables, haiku poems don’t necessarily have to rhyme but a certain rhythm of syllables are part of the structure.
These short poems are often moments of (human) nature observed and written down, haikus are about what you see and not what you feel.
My approach to haiku writing is the same as if it were a tanka poem which is more or less the same format as a haiku, always try to use the last line to answer what has been asked or observed in the first two lines (in a tanka the rule I use is to use the last two lines of 14 syllables to answer the first part of the poem - in total a tanka is 5-7-5-7-7 syllables).
Haikus are a very good creative tool, as they are quick, teach about structure and flow, which leads on to further interest in writing, but also observation, how you see the world you live in as well.
I like writing haiku’s as they have a very set and rigid structure yet you have as much freedom as you like within that structure. They may only be a few lines long and many of them are just throw away poems but then there are a few that do make you stop and think and look at the world around you in a different way, even if it is just for a few seconds.

Cooking time
It can take ten minutes or an hour or a day, or a week to write one.