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How To Compose Haiku

How often I have read Haiku, and those who claim it so to be.
I scratch my watch and wind my rear, and look at it befuddledly.
It seems that many people have no idea what a Haiku is at all.
A few short lines of poetry written about anything off the wall.

Now pay attention as here it is, allow me to show you the definition.
So the rest of us can stop reading, those terse lines of desecration.
A Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, you see.
In three lines of five, seven, and five, evoking images of nature traditionally.

Now don't write about your aunt, mom, and dad, or any relative please.
Think of small ponds, coy, lotus and cherry blossoms, and fallen leaves.
Don't write about you or your feelings, think of sun, moon, stars on a field of blue.
Now give the rest of us a rest, now that you know how to actually compose Haiku.
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Submitted on January 30, 2016

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I am a painter, poet, and writer from Texas. I have a large volume of poetry, which I hope to publish in an anthology. I am best known for my poem 'Extrairdinary Mind'. I am also working on several novels and short stories at the moment. I write a wide variety of genres. I also draw, paint fresco, oils, and mixed media. My most famous piece is 'Psychedelic Cows', which placed 1st at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It became the inspiration for the sculptures that followed. You can follow my platform on Pinterest. more…

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