Day 20: Earth Day Haikus #28DayChallenge

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Every year, April 22 is set aside in support of environmental protection. As you can imagine, this provides an opportunity to initiate conversations about the environmental impact of human activities, climate change, sustainability and related topics. It remains important that we limit the damage we do to our environment, and possibly reverse them. So I chose to write four Haikus to commemorate this special day. Whatever you do, always consider the environment! Thanks for taking the time to read, and see you in the next post!

He who plants a tree
Urged on by its future sway
May have saved a life

The ice melts away
Threatened by increasing heat
From our atmosphere

A race against time
As the earth turns upside down
To save what remains

It rose on the West
A bizarre day for the Sun
And set on the East

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

For the love of Haiku

From the first moment I learnt what an Haiku was, I totally fell in love with this form of poetry. The requirement for precision, and a deft reference to differing or conflicting ideas is for me a very interesting and challenging exercise. And being a lover of nature, I enjoy making observations about the environment, human behaviour or experiences using a simple but beautiful form of art. So, I will be sharing with you below three Haikus I wrote, just for the love of Haiku, and an extra one written by a friend – it’s actually still my best Haiku so far. Enjoy!

 

The pillar holds forth

Amidst the noise and rumble

Of a thundercloud

 

It beats me like rain

How the wicked man prospers

While good men bear pain

 

Dry wind passes by

Carrying with it cold and dust

In the harmattan

 

And for the extra one below, written by Adaobi Chukwudi, you can thank me later. 🙂

 

A baby laughing

Red Maple in its splendour

Makes life worth living.

 

Enjoy your weekend!!!