Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

Charles Henderson's Blog

About Charles Henderson
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo

Never would I have thought I would start
writing at 73 years of age. I have thoroughly enjoyed my voyage into the written spirituality of poetry and am thankful for the opportunity.  In my four years here I have met many new and wonderful persons. Having them accept me as a friend has been a moving experience.


Use If You Wish

Blog Posted:11/14/2012 1:03:00 AM

Haiku Checklist

          These are not rules, a word I never like to use, but suggested implementations for haiku which when used correctly will embellish your finished poem.  They are not for every poem, they are simply for the poem which asks for them.  Only you the poet can know the answer to that.  If one does not know, then one risks looking foolish to attempt before they have investigated how.  This is simply a statement of fact.  Probably most haiku poets have looked foolish many times while trying to get experienced in writing the form.  I know I have.   

     1  Try to use season word in your poem.  Lists are on line and in books.

2  It is permissible to use more than one season word if you poem calls for it.  The poem will usually decide the dominant season.

3  Try to make the poem look haiku.  Being simplistic in nature if one patterns their poem other than the three line poem, a simple balanced form will emphasize their words.  Whereas, a flowery script and burger dots emphasize the poets personality.

4  One needs to know one’s capabilities or more succinctly put, one’s limitations when writing metaphor and simile into haiku.  As in any form it can lend great visual sparkle if done correctly and with taste.  If not it can ruin an otherwise perfectly good thought.  Because you see the connection does not mean others will.  You should know how to incorporate it into the poem so anyone can make the connection, otherwise leave to those who can.  ie: the frisby tilt of a seagull is a good example of a good metaphor.  It isn’t wordy, or boring, rather it is factual and accurate.

5  Learn the differences between concrete objective haiku and emotion driven subjective haiku.  Depending on the way your mind works you may find one easier to write than the other.  I have always thought objective was easier, and maybe incorrectly suggested that all should start with that, but it could be a personal thing.  There seems to be no difference in the form or subject matter.  I have always used the term traditional haiku to describe everything up to the modern era.  I was also wrong to do that.  Shiki started writing in the late 1800’s and his poetry is very subjective in nature.  I suppose the way haiku first started out, being objective in content, is the reason we say traditional is objective and contemporary is subjective.  Yet, I know many poets who do not write subjective haiku, only objective.  It is so much easier for most of us. So be sure to first learn the difference.

6  Look for the secrets of everything, from the most minute to the largest, insect, mountain, plant, person, organization, suggestion, idea, relationship and a vast expanse of others.  Anything and everything has a secret story to tell in the haiku language.  You just have to seek it out, embellish it, write it and let it bloom. 

7)   Websites that can and will help you out are:


         Haiku Northwest-FACEBOOK

         Haiku Society of America-FACEBOOK

         NaHaiWriMo (daily haiku writing prompts) -FACEBOOK

         Open Directory: Haiku and Related Forms (portal site)

         Haiku and Related Journals (portal site for places to publish your haiku     

         Haiku (on Wikipedia)

         Haiku in English (on Wikipedia)

         Haiku Society of America             

         The Haiku Foundation

         haiku directory



Please Login
  1. Date: 11/16/2012 1:41:00 AM
    Jim, I can't imagine having a pile of the worlds best donuts in front of me and be limited to two. I think you're fibbing there just a little. Why, I can eat 4 from the krispy kream down the street. Oh well, I do have a 33 inch waist, I guess that helps, and my friends all call me wormy. Jump in Nette, looks like it needs a few more anyway. This contest is mostly for fun and exposing some of our braver new people.

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 9:15:00 PM
    i have entered a lot of your 'ku contests, charles, and won luckily... so, can i still join or keep my finger tied, lol... :) huggs!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 11:36:00 AM
    Proud to hear that Tracie, I'm glad for you. I agree with you Jim, we all act foolish sometimes and it is good for the psyche but we still need the opposite of the coin sometimes for good balance. I have always tried to be middle of the road on things which can range from too little to too much. Have you ever tried to really get full of doughnuts. I did once and the feeling did not last long.

    Login to Reply
    Goff Avatar James Marshall Goff Date: 11/14/2012 10:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Grand Marais, Minnesota...Charles! A place called "worlds greatest donuts" 2-hrs. From Canadian border....but my daughters only ever let me have we sit next to Lake Superior 20' away! Jimbo
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 8:01:00 AM
    endlessly facinating for those of us who are kept alive by challenge!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 7:46:00 AM
    I'm sure these are all great links for serious haiku writers. I have studied many websites on it and I know when I am doing them good or not, which is less than half the time. I like to cheat a lot, but hopefully I never write one that is too atrocious!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 7:22:00 AM
    Thank you, Charles for this information. I'll be sure and look up some of those links. Have a great day! Love, Kim

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 6:49:00 AM
    picnic/ using the blanket/ as an umbrella --- I love this. From the Nov 9 HOLY C*R*A*P (excuse the language) you're not going to believe this... my catphca is CUT9... honest! My eyes are bugged out. I wrote a haiku (yes I know I did more telling and no showing, but I like what I wrote this morning) and it is Allllllllllllllllll about the cut. How weird can this get?

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 6:45:00 AM
    Cool that you added those links. I really like daily haiku. It's a nice mix of the form, a hodge podge and I love the ease in which you can click through the days. for any interested. They delight me.

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 5:50:00 AM
    Thank you, Charles!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 4:11:00 AM
    Thanks for the info Charlie.. Im part of Haiku Australia and its been a huge help in my Ku writing Ive even won a few contests xxx

    Login to Reply
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 11/14/2012 6:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Way to go Trac-a-rooski! :)
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 1:38:00 AM
    I just noticed that you can copy and past these links into word. And if you hold down control and double click the arrow on the link, they will work from there. You can copy and past into a file and have them handy. Of course you probably need the internet already up.

    Login to Reply

My Past Blog Posts

Expanding Deb's Blog
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 11:44:00 PM
Possum Branch Road
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 11:22:00 PM
Calling All, Want To Be, Haiku Writers
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 3:46:00 PM
My Bear Story Retold
Date Posted: 2/5/2014 2:35:00 PM
Poetry Soup Imbeded Ads
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 7:31:00 PM
The Elusive Monoku
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 11:20:00 PM
Computer Games
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 9:08:00 AM
Contest Winners and Bear String
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 11:47:00 PM
My Contest
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:01:00 PM
The Bear III
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 5:23:00 PM
Another Bear Story
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 10:23:00 PM
The no contest Contest
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 2:51:00 AM
Hanging Ten
Date Posted: 3/22/2013 10:59:00 AM
Feedback Wanted
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 1:06:00 PM
Wise Guys
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 9:28:00 AM
Mathematics of Success
Date Posted: 1/21/2013 7:36:00 PM
New Soup Rule
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 7:34:00 PM
Soup Problem Update
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 5:20:00 PM
More on the Gullah People (wikipedia)
Date Posted: 1/13/2013 3:21:00 PM
The Gullah People of South Carolina
Date Posted: 1/12/2013 7:23:00 PM
emergency email
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 2:25:00 PM
new law in Michigan
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 1:23:00 PM
A Nice Verse
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 7:30:00 PM
Mauve cotton Fields
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 10:15:00 PM
Results of the 101 haiku Contest
Date Posted: 11/23/2012 12:58:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/16/2014Cold WindsEpigramage,
9/16/2014A Mind ThingProsedeath,
8/31/2014The TrystRhymememory,
8/29/2014night breezeHaikuculture,nature,
8/24/2014The CureRhymecancer,
8/24/2014among crocusHaikuanalogy,
8/3/2014the treeHaikunature,
8/3/2014the pondHaikugrowing up,
8/3/2014her letterHaikuwife,
7/18/2014the ternHaikunature,
7/18/2014the bare branchHaikuphilosophy,
7/17/2014how many worldsHaikuphilosophy,
7/17/2014a single water dropHaikucreation,
7/14/2014a childHaikulove,
7/14/2014the ringHaikufamily,
6/26/2014she giggledHaikugrowing up,
6/23/2014Metaphysical TransitionFree versemystery,
6/21/2014Yeah, RightFree verseaddiction,
6/19/2014A light in the HeavensTrioletenvironment,
6/18/2014graduation dayHaikugrowing up,
6/18/2014HeatSenryubreak up,feelings,
6/18/2014thunderheads loomHaikubereavement,
6/18/2014an argument endsHaikuchildren,
6/3/2014The BluesRhymeblue,
5/11/2014Those MomentsCoupletage,
2/26/2014Ode to the Formulation of a PoemSonnetwriting,
2/24/2014the waning moonHaikunature,
2/23/2014he led herHaikureligion,
2/12/2014Can Someone Take My PlaceFree versereligious,
2/9/2014The Life of the HunterSonnetnature,
2/9/2014small aspirationsFree verseuplifting,
1/25/2014Virgin's LamentSonnetmarriage,
1/23/2014The Pursuit of TruthSonnetlife,
1/15/2014twinkleFree verse 
1/13/2014the souper starFree verseslam,
1/10/2014my catsTankapets,
1/3/2014Linsey-WoolseyFree versegrowing up,
12/15/2013grandpa jogsSenryu 
12/8/2013Dear Mrs ClauseLimerickholiday,
12/8/2013the windHaikunature,
12/8/2013the good lifeHaibunlife,
12/6/2013my skin pricklesHaikubody,psychological,
12/5/2013moon faceMonokusenses,
12/5/2013shadows moveHaikuchildhood,
10/12/2013on the cocoonHaikunature,
10/12/2013bird of paradiseHaikunature,
10/12/2013crooked arrowsHaikupolitical,
10/6/2013He touchesHaikufaith,
8/20/2013Sijo 1- roastingSijosenses,
8/14/2013Fire in the NightRhymelove,
7/27/2013moment of truthHaikubaby,
7/16/2013Wildflower AfternoonQuatrainnature,
7/12/2013the grubHaikunature,
7/4/2013her eyes focusHaikunature,
6/26/2013Ocracoke IslandHaikunature,
6/23/2013still standingHaikuage,
6/19/2013the morning is calmTankanature,
6/17/2013The SirenTrioletsymbolism,
5/15/2013Blow Gently Sweet BreezeFree verselife,
5/4/2013In His HandsFree versedevotion,
4/21/2013Our Lost MentorsRhymevisionary,
4/16/2013Coming OutRhymefreedom,life,
4/1/2013I emergeHaikuallegory,
4/1/2013Marching on a Hot DayGrooksoldier,
4/1/2013The More You Learn RiddleGrooklife,
4/1/2013Feeling Bad for OthersGrookthanksgiving,
4/1/2013Pie Eating ContestGrookfood,
3/31/2013HeavenFree verseheaven,god,god,
3/30/2013he turned to leaveHaikulife,loss,
3/27/2013The White CrossQuatraininspirational,
3/25/2013Free VerseRhymefreedom,spiritual,write,w
3/24/2013summer heatHaikunature,
3/21/2013the TitanicTankalife,loss,
3/18/2013her cloudHaikulife,
3/15/2013so lonelyHaikulife,
3/15/2013hot and muggyHaikunature,
3/9/2013morning mistHaikunature,
3/9/2013nighttime orchidsHaikunature,
3/6/2013the air chillsHaikulife,
2/28/2013wrinkled cheeksTankalife,
2/27/2013stirring withinHaikulife,

My Photos

Dalai Lama.jpg

Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
Hard TimesCowboycowboy-western,family,fun
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Disposable WisdomRhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,
FootprintsFree verseintrospection,life,
Alabaster NightFree versenature,sea,
Forgotten Heroes of the SommeRhymebrother,death,history,lif
A List: I'm the Poet -To CarrieList dedication,
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
Mona LisaFree verseartme,
Love Beyond the PaleQuatraindevotion,lost love,
Frosted Panes - re-postQuatraingirl,life,me,sea,time,win
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Missing MotherVersedepression,devotion,me,mi
Why He BeamsDiminished Hexaverseimagination,love,
A Gentle DeathSonnetabsence,death,faith,love,
Wet but WiserQuatrainadventure,funny,pets,
CloserFree versehope,life,love,peace,blue
Love Passing ByRhymelove,love,pride,
My DreamsVersefaith,hope,love,dream,dre
A Police Man's GraveEpitaphdeath,funny,
Pink RibbonList sad,
Long GoodbyesSonnetfaith,happiness,holiday,n
Hear Oh L-rdKyriellefaith,family,happiness,
haiku 20Haikuintrospection,nature,
A Rising Son on ChristmasFree versefaith,family,hope,mother,
Light A CandleVersefaith,history,
Spring ShowersFree versenature,rain,rain,
EdinburghFree versededication,hope,life,love

Fav Poets

Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
dakarai cobb United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
Tracie Edwards Australia Flag Australia Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read