Today, April 15 is National Haiku Day.
You gotta wonder who thinks up these national days….
When I think of Haiku, I think of gorgeous flowering trees in Japan.
I’m sure there are poets who write them without thinking like I do.
I did a little researching and found Creative.Writing.Now. com. It’s a website founded by writing teachers about writing. One of their pages is about haiku poetry.
The following are typical of haiku:
A focus on nature.
A “season word” such as “snow” which tells the reader what time of year it is.
A division somewhere in the poem, which focuses first on one thing, than on another. The relationship between these two parts is sometimes surprising.
Instead of saying how a scene makes him or her feel, the poet shows the details that caused that emotion. If the sight of an empty winter sky made the poet feel lonely, describing that sky can give the same feeling to the reader.
In honor of National Haiku Day, April 15 I created a few haiku about the characters of my award winning book, Bumbling Bea. There are several acknowledgements to the Japanese culture in the story so it only seemed fitting.
My haiku aren’t about trees, flowers and clouds, but they are about the nature of human beings. (Get it, get it?)
Beatrice about Michiko:
Laughing and bowing
Her voice strong and dramatic
I wish I was her.
Michiko thoughts about her mother:
You loudly scold me
Stretching, growing up I cry
This life’s mine not yours.
Peter’s reflection about the Michiko sabotage:
Devil leaves of three
Softly touch innocent skin
Oozing mounds erupt.
Bumbling Bea would say:
I take over you
blurting outrageous things
Always regretting them.
Mr. Brace quips:
As father I’m bound
To family duties
Mrs. Brace to Mr. Brace:
Can’t you see I’m sad?
It’s hard to forget
Happy days, sweet nights.
The Cast’s thoughts:
Performance is super
Michiko adds spice and flare
But what’s with the freeze?
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