First, we need to tell you all some great news! The Journaler’s Junction is growing! We have added two new ladies to our challenge and we know you are going to love them. Please give a great big WELCOME to Suzy and Steph! (More about these incredible ladies will be coming soon! ) Along with our new ladies, we are changing the look of our blog, so please be patient with us until the dust settles.
And now for our challenge… Can you Haiku? Here is the Wikipedia definition:
Haiku is a mode of Japanese poetry, the late 19th century revision by Masaoka Shiki of the older hokku (発句, hokku?). Haiku once were the opening verses of a linked verse form, haikai no renga. The traditional haiku consisted of a pattern of 5, 7, 5 on. The Japanese word on, meaning “sound”, corresponds to a mora, a phonetic unit similar but not identical to the syllable of a language such as English. (The words onji (“sound symbol”) or moji (character symbol) are also sometimes used.) A haiku contains a special season word (the kigo) representative of the season in which the renga is set, or a reference to the natural world.
Haiku usually combines three different lines, with a distinct grammatical break, called kireji, usually placed at the end of either the first five or second seven morae. In Japanese, there are actual kireji words. In English, kireji is often replaced with commas, hyphens, elipses, or implied breaks in the haiku. These elements of the older haiku are considered by many to be essential to haiku as well, although they are not always included by modern writers of Japanese “free-form haiku” and of non-Japanese haiku. Japanese haiku are typically written as a single line, while English language haiku are traditionally separated into three lines.
So your mission this week is to write a Haiku. We all had a great time with ours!
Hope everyone has as much fun as we did with this one! And stay tuned for all of the ch-ch-ch-changes coming soon!