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My Sibling’s Haikus


Recently, my 4 siblings were each instructed to write a haiku on their blogs. If you are unaware of a haiku or how it works, it is a Japanese poem that consists of 3 lines. Each line must follow this order of syllables, 5 in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.

Hunter’s Haiku5-7-5
Smile and watch to
See a person being changed
With just one small thing

Ashton’s HaikuSadie
Sadie is a dog.
She likes to eat, sleep and play.
I love my doggie.

Larkin’s HaikuBest Friends
I have two cool friends
My friends are super awesome
Any friend is fun.

Tahlia’s Haiku (With a little help.)- What I Like About Fall
Leaves fall from the trees
They create a giant pile
I like to jump in.

The big pile of leaves
Golden, red, green, yellow, brown
Leaves make me happy.

Colorful pumpkins
I like to carve big pumpkins
Pumpkins can light up.

Fall is coming soon
Thanksgiving is in the fall
I can hardly wait!

And now, an actual Japanese Haiku. (Source: Wikipedia)

“The best-known Japanese haiku is Bashō’s “old pond”:
(furuike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto)

This separates into on as:
fu-ru-i-ke ya (5)
ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu (7)
mi-zu no o-to (5)

old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

An alternate translation, which preserves the syllable counts in English at the cost of taking greater liberty with the sense:
at the age old pond
a frog leaps into water
a deep resonance”

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Just For Fun


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