National Haiku Day
Today is National Haiku Day. Celebrate by writing the world’s shortest form of poetry. Haiku uses a total of 17 syllables throughout three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, but many modern poets believe the rules are flexible. Many writers emphasize that their poems can be read in one breath. Their goal is to show rather than to tell.
The haiku developed after the hokku portion of traditional Japanese poetry broke from the tanka. Introduced to the West in the 1950s, the haiku grew into a phenomenon and was particularly embraced by beat poets like Jack Kerouac.
Public libraries, reading groups, and recreational poets alike can observe the day with readings, artwork and other events. Haiku are traditionally about the seasons, so this day is celebrated annually on the winter solstice. We decided to celebrate as well by writing a few Lubbock inspired haiku poems.
Covering the Hub City
An untamed corsage
Pat, Jay Boy, Wade, and Buddy
Keep me company
“The Giant Side of Texas”
Full of art, music, and wine
Old West renaissance
So go out and write your own Haiku to celebrate the national holiday!