April PAD Challenge: Day 3

As with many programs, getting through the 3rd day is usually the toughest. So I’m going to try and make Day 3 a little easier to help everyone complete the first 10% of our challenge. The way I look at it 3 days should equal 3 lines; in other words, today we’ll be writing a haiku.

The official Day 3 prompt: write a haiku.

Now, you ask: What constitutes a haiku? (Very good question, by the way.)

Here are some previous posts I’ve made about this form:

* Haiku: Easy or Hard?

* Haiku Revisited

* Haiku on September 11 (posted by Nancy Breen)

If you’re not big on researching the haiku, here’s a quick primer on what constitutes a haiku:

1. It’s a 3-line poem.

2. While many think the lines should be 5-7-5 syllables, that’s actually not true. It’s 5-7-5 “sounds” if you’re writing in Japanese. For English purposes, it tends to be a shorter 1st and 3rd line–with a slightly longer 2nd line.

3. The haiku describes nature–with an emphasis on description. Haiku do not rhyme or use metaphors and/or similes.

4. Haiku includes a word to indicate season. For instance, the word “frog” might indicate spring; the word “snow” might indicate winter.

5. There’s also usually a juxtaposition of two sensory images. For instance, the most famous haiku involves a frog jumping into a pond as the first sensory image–the water’s sound as the second. When put together, the sensory images turn a very simple moment into a profound poem.

There are more rules–if you want to do the research–but this gives a good enough outline of what makes a haiku. For writing your own, it’s best to just observe the world around you, make notes, and see if you can spot connections that help you understand nature and the world around you better.

Here’s my attempt:

Plastic bag
caught in the tree branches;
birds build their nests.

Now get haiku-ing!

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272 thoughts on “April PAD Challenge: Day 3

  1. S.E. Ingraham

    After dreading this prompt and leaving it (and the sestina) ’til my very procrastinating end, I finally bit the bullet, read up on technique and found myself quite enjoying the whole thing – sorta. So, here are a few attempts. Enjoy – I hope.Sharon Ingraham


    leave your soul
    Sign on shoe-repair shop window
    heels repaired

    In the Meadow 1996
    designer genes
    pregnant cloned dolly bahs
    oh you

    Spells of Time – 3

    pale thin ice
    lets cold black lake
    wash summer up

    breeze blasts
    snow shafted blades of grass
    leaves open

    perfect white snowflakes
    melt singularly hitting tongues
    pink lady slippers


  2. Lorien Vidal

    no matter how many times i’ve tried, mine always come out 5-7-5

    Wind Dance

    Flow through the roses
    Catch the light on red bird’s wings
    And make her fly


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