Haiku


Katrina-ku, a post Katrina book of haiku by the New Orleans Haiku Society members.

A Haiku is defined as a short poem, usually 3 lines containing a season word and having no more than 17 syllables.

A one breath poem is also a way to describe it. The Haiku form originated in Japan. Basho and Issa are considered masters or founding fathers. Some people like to follow tradition and use the format 5-7-5 to write their Haiku but modern Haiku does not have to follow those rules. Here are a few random Haiku of mine I would like to share with you:

Valentine’s Day
at the Casino
Queen of Hearts

Crossroads
the lunar eclipse
in his eyes

Iridescent dragonfly
each wing
a rainbow

Herbal conference
in Utah the
sweet smell of incense

Toes
in the sand
castles

Neighborhood fire
a book on war
survived

Late dinner
I watch the clouds
swallow the moon

Wizard of Oz
slot machine
the wicked witch’s cackle

Twilight
he is just
a memory

Fortune Teller’s dilemma
which black dress
to wear

Carrot juice
a splash of vodka
health nut

Circles, cycles
birth and death
the wheel of fortune spins

I’m a member of the New Orleans Haiku Society. I joined in 2004 before Hurricane Katrina devestated this city.

Writing Haiku became a therapeutic and helpful way of expressing all the emotions we were feeling during that surreal time. Eventually and collectively as a group, we published a small but lovely book titled Katrina-ku Storm Poems.

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