WRITE YOUR OWN

 

Writing Haiku is a wonderful way to connect with yourself and learn to express your creativity.

For me it has been a way to find my voice and to share my ideas & beliefs with the world. It has also been a meditative process and my way of "listening" to what I believe God wants for my life.

While I have felt guided to share my words with others - what I have come to discover is most often the words I write were meant for me to understand something new. Many times when I am struggling with a decision, looking for an answer, or seeking guidance, I will randomly go to one of my Haiku, and there is the answer.

With all of these things in mind, it can be easy for you to sit down and write your own Haiku. Here are the "rules". Three lines that do not rhyme. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables.

My favorite method is to put "tick" marks down a blank page of my journal. The tick marks looks something like this:

- (this will be a 5 syllable line)
- (this will be a 7 syllable line)
- (this will be a 5 syllable line)

- etc.
- etc.
- etc.

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Become still and silent. Think about what it is you want to say, or ask, or teach. As words come to you, count the syllables of a sentence. If it fits one of the criteria, put it down on one of the appropriate lines. If you have too many syllables, can you shorten it? Can you use a contraction? Can you make it more simple? Or extend it to two lines? Play with it. Let it flow.

When I am in the rhythm of counting syllables for my Haiku, it becomes like a dance, like a waltz. Count, count, count. I allow the words to flow.

Play with this yourself. Most importantly, have fun with it!