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Poetry Friday: A Two-Haiku Kind of Day

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI don’t often write haikus, as they are simultaneously the easiest and hardest poems to write.

On the surface, they appear very simple:  3 lines, nothing to it, right? But then once you start, you realize you need natural imagery, human emotion, a twist in the 3rd line…and suddenly you start disliking every word you write down.

The fact is, a haiku is the easiest poem in the world to screw up. Anyone write a bad one; it’s extremely difficult to write a good one.

So…are these any good?

Hard tellin’, not knowin’.  I like them – and have put more time into them than you might think at first blush.  So hopefully you’ll like them, too! The first is my newest poem, something I wrote for the autumn-themed children’s poetry collection I’m writing. The second one is geared to an older reader and was published last year by the online literary journal, YARN (Young Adult Review Network).  I’m sharing it today because…well, because I felt like it!

ID-100196945 (acorns)Acorns

Mother oak
kisses her babies goodbye,
their caps warm and snug.

- © 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine

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Abandonment

Sparrow sweetly sings
melancholy melody;
her mate, on the ground.

- © 2012, Matt Forrest Esenwine

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22 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A Two-Haiku Kind of Day

  1. I love these, Matt and they are far better than the ones I just wrote a guest post for. I shall link to yours, thanks!

  2. Love both! Beautiful.

  3. You are so right: “Anyone write a bad one; it’s extremely difficult to write a good one.” Yours are excellent, Matt.

  4. Great haiku for children, I like the caps snug and warm–what fun. Well done.

  5. Aww, Abandonment made me sad. These are beautiful poems, Matt. :)

  6. It’s amazing how much one can say in 17-or-so syllables. Well done, Matt!

  7. hmm, seems to me I’ve seen one of these recently… I wonder where! Love them both, Matt!

    • Thank you, all! Myra, I like ‘Abandonment’ because of the ambiguity – we don’t know why her mate is on the ground (fell? died? left her?), but we understand her sadness just the same. (And BJ, I’ve got a great example of ambiguity I just posted in the Garage!)

  8. I like these Matt, written as a Haiku should be & the imagery is lovely. I’ve not yet been able to write a decent Haiku that I’d be happy to share with the world. But you’ve given me some inspiration to have another bash at it. Cheers – DV

  9. margaretsmn on said:

    My favorite is the acorn one because it is that season. The acorns are falling and the squirrels are gathering. Love the idea of the mother oak letting her children go but making sure they are safe a prepared for the harsh world. So much in so few words.

  10. Beautiful and beautiful images here. I love the thought of the mother oak kissing away her babies. The next time I see an acorn I will think of this.

    • Thanks, Betsy. I’m surprised how many folks I’ve talked to have said how unique or surprising the image is, the oak-as-mother. I think I’ve thought of trees as mother figures ever since I first read “The Giving Tree!”

  11. I think they are good! From the moment my students learn about haiku, they want to churn out dozens of them, because they are “easy.” You’re absolutely right — they aren’t!

  12. Here it is Wednesday evening and I’m just now taking a look at your post from last Friday! I think these haiku are great, Matt– I especially love the first one. It reminds me of one of Australia’s most famous author/illustrators, May Gibbs, who wrote stories about the beloved gumnut babies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

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