Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Haikus are Hard


Okay maybe simply writing a few phrases and calling them a poem isn’t too hard, but I’m finding that making a decent haiku isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Why am I trying to create a piece of Japanese poetry? Well, it all has to do with a contest a fellow blogger of mine is conducting on her site.

Haikus have a rich and varied history, ranging from ancient Japan all the way to modern day poets and authors. Jack Kerouac, for instance wrote a famous haiku back in his San Francisco beat writer days:

Snow in my shoe
Abandoned
Sparrow's nest


I don’t intend to wow anyone with my poem, but I’d still like to take a good crack at it. Fellow blogger and author, Stephanie Thorton, will be accepting submissions from other writers and bloggers and will post the best haiku on her blog in early September. You can join her contest at http://hatshepsutnovel.blogspot.com/. Enjoy!