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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.


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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



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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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    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!

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  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!

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  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

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  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?

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  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.

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

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  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

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    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.

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