Haiku exercise

Our local writing group meets once a month. We get a ten minute exercise during the group and a homework exercise each time. This week it’s Haiku constructed on a 5 syllable, 7 then again 5 syllable form for a total of 17 syllables.

It’s not as easy as it seems, to capture a thought in such spare form. They turn out quite cryptic and elliptical. It’s almost as if one needs a 100 word explanation to accompany them.

Here are two I’m working on:

driving on the ‘One,

red lights lead, white ones assail

Trans Canada trail

And the second one:

tender morning sun

marks leafy vein and shadow

with verdant kiss


One Response to “Haiku exercise”

  1. suburbanlife Says:

    I love the freeway haiku! The other one is also nice, but in a more traditional Haiku vein. G

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