Haiku

I first read about Haiku (a short form of Japanese poetry) a few years ago and became fascinated with that style of poetry. I spent a good deal of time trying it on and even encouraged a few friends to try their hands on it – the outcomes were quite encouraging. I have recently tried to write a few more and I thought I’d share them here.

Thin sheets of ice are
Melted by the fiery heat
Of an angry sun
 
Reddish desert sands
Blown around by endless winds
Thirsty for the rain
 
Yellow petals lure
Through the charm of their perfume
Hungry insects near
 
Dark and rainy nights
Old men reflecting at dawn
Precede brighter days
 
The wisdom of youth
Coated in dazzling colours
A sight to behold 

I look forward to hear what you think about them. Till next time, take care and bye! 😊

P.S. The header picture is a reference to a scenic hiking trail in Hawaii, named “Haiku stairs”. The stairs and the poetry style have no relationship whatsoever. It’s just plain coincidence of language. Or maybe not…

Photo by Chad Greiter on Unsplash

Author: thetoyintaiwo

My name is Oluwatoyin J. Taiwo – a Christian, an Engineer, and a Writer. I enjoy reading, travelling and watching football + lawn tennis. I love working with young people, especially teenagers. I believe that people are shaped by the words they hear or read, and our most important decisions are those we make in the first three decades of life.

2 thoughts on “Haiku”

  1. Creative and nice! I had to count the syllables in each line of the poems to be sure. And they’re totally accurate.

    Also, you’ve done a good job in depicting things that happen naturally. I like the last poem best.
    Well done sir!

    Maybe I should try this myself, even though I’m not much of a poet.

    About the name of the stairs and that of the poem, maybe the inspiration for one came from the other. 😀

    1. Thank you, Tomi!

      You should totally try it…I’ve had friends who weren’t poets come up with some beautiful Haiku pieces over the years!!!

      On the stairs and the poem…you never know…the world is one big village!

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