Okay, riders and readers, listen up.
National Poetry Month continues throughout April, and I've broken you in the easy way with a limerick contest.
DA was the winner, and a deserving winner she was, too.
Now is time to up the ante.
See this picture?
Cherry tree, just across the street. What does it mean to you...?
(Hint -- think spring -- think poetry...)
Why -- haiku, of course!
Now, a haiku is a lot more structured than a limerick, so don't think you're getting off easy, just because it is only 17 syllables long.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 morae (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7 and 5 morae respectively. Haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji or verbal caesura. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku. Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.
Here's what I'm looking for :
3 lines, seasonal reference, and (of course) the word skateboard must appear somewhere.
Think you are up to the challenge?
Contest closes April 24th. And tomorrow, I am hoping to have an expert example (written by a haiku professional) to start things off. Prizes? They'll be great!
Check in tomorrow to read the sample haiku and the list of prizes!
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