Haiku Poetry is a special kind of poetry that originated in Japan. Many Haiku poems describe a scene from nature, such as the fall season, the blossoms of spring, or a frog jumping into a pond, putting the reader in a certain mood, such as a peaceful mood or a thoughtful mood.

(Haiku poems do not have to rhyme.)

A Haiku poem is a very short poem made of only three lines, with a special pattern of syllables. MOST Haikus have:

> 5 syllables in the 1st line
> 7 syllables in the 2nd line
> 5 syllables in the 3rd line


An old silent pond
A frog jumps in the water
Splash! Silence again.

~ by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Moonlight in autumn
A worm still digs silently
Into the chestnut.

~ by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

In the twilight rain
Brilliant colored hibiscus
Enchanting sunset.

~ by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Everything I touch
Even with this tenderness
pricks me like a thorn.

~ by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Some Haikus have other syllable patterns, such as 7/3/7:

Summer river being crossed
How pleasing

With two sandals in my hands.
~ by Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

or 3/5/3:

On a branch
Floating downriver,
A cricket sings.

~ by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)


Write a Haiku poem inspired by an artwork. CHOOSE FROM:

(1) A poem inspired by your last artwork, OR
(2) A poem inspired by one of the artworks that I posted in the last assignment (“Imagine Beyond Your Ceiling”.)

BELOW YOUR POEM, MAKE SURE YOU MENTION THE ARTWORK THAT YOUR POEM IS INSPIRED BY!! If it is not your artwork, mention the Name of the artwork and the name of the artist.