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Haiku poetry is an ancient form of poetry
that originated in Japan centuries ago
that was mostly written about the beauty of nature.

The form that this type of poetry follows
is a simple one.

The first line consists of a word or words

that contain only five syllables total.

The second line contains seven syllables total,

and the third contains five syllables total.

(Five syllables)

(Seven syllables)

(Five syllables)

What you do want to do when you write haiku:

You want to create a picture of some small moment,
connected to nature in some way.

You want to write your poem in three lines.
If possible, the first and last lines should have
five syllables,
and the second line should have seven.

You can break this rule when necessary,
but see if you can stick to the haiku form
whenever possible.

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How to Write a Nature Haiku
A haiku is simply a three lines poem with the 5-7-5 syllable structure.
A traditional haiku tends to include a nature word that tells the reader
what season the haiku is about.
In order to write a nature haiku, it is best to be more thorough in your writing.

1. Write your response to nature.
The haiku is meant to be a brief sentiment about nature itself, and the response
felt by humans to the nature around them.
Look at a flower or tree and use the syllabic guidelines to help you in writing
your response.

2. Break down your words.
When you write a haiku, you must break down the words themselves to their barest nature. Emotions are natural feelings, and when writing about them in the haiku format you are stripped of flowery speech and must write the purest simplest form of your feelings.

3. Take a walk.
Bring along a pad of paper and a pen and return to the earth.
If you live in a city which has little nature, go to a park and observe those around you.
By studying life in every form, you can glean ideas and inspiration to write a nature haiku.

4. Study words.
In order to be succinct when writing about nature, you will have to broaden your vocabulary. Look at flowers around you, or in a vase, and then look up the words that come to mind and expand on them. Use a thesaurus and dictionary together to help you capture the right feeling for each emotion or sensation you wish to write about.

5. Follow the guidelines. A haiku is made up of three lines. It traditionally contains one season word, and contains no rhyming or metaphors. The total syllable count is 17 syllables, and the syllables follow per line 5-7-5. A haiku is meant to be simple, succinct, and aptly portray the vision or thought implied.
You can do it, simply by examining your feelings towards nature.

Subject Matter to draw a haiku from:

A Rainbow:_____
Everlasting life
A Rainbow curved in the sky
A promise of God

A Rose Or any flower_____
Petals wet with dew
Reaching for warmth of sunlight
Blossoms into view

Green Elms in the woods
The branches bend in the wind
Standing tall and proud

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