Since April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the joy, expressiveness and pure delight of poetry, let's discuss the haiku - a type of short form poetry. Originally from Japan, haiku today are written by authors worldwide. Haiku in English and haiku in other languages have different styles and traditions while still incorporating aspects of the traditional haiku form. This is usually made up of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable structure.
Even if you are not artistically inclined, you can probably write a simple haiku. And, if you’re lucky, you might even get your haiku published on the website of The Mainichi - Japan’s oldest existing daily newspaper. Each day, they post a reader-submitted haiku in their English-language section. Check out the past winners HERE.
Ready to try something new and get your creative juices flowing? CLICK HERE to submit your own haiku.