Release your inner poet

It might have been during an English class many years ago, but it’s a pretty good bet that everyone’s written at least one poem in their life. The problem that many of us had with writing poetry way back in school was that we usually were ‘graded’ on it. That’s a shame, really, because it denies the real reason for writing a poem. Writing poetry is a form of creative self-expression and if it pleases no one but yourself, it has done its job.
Form poetry can be a challenging, enjoyable way to start writing poetry. There are forms of all sizes and configurations. Here are some guidelines and suggestions to start you writing Haiku.
Haiku are three lines long. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7, and the third has 5. Traditionally, haiku are related to the seasons and nature, with the last line diverging from the first two, highlighting a contrast of some kind. Use words that convey images (try not to add ‘the’ or ‘and’ just to pad the syllable count!).  
The Japanese poet, Basho, famous for his haiku, wrote:  “An old silent pond | A frog jumps into the pond | splash! Silence again.” Or you can stray from the traditional and write about anything that appeals or suggests itself to you. Like this haiku, “Unprepared I walk | into this day, not knowing, | not needing to know.”  written by Linda Studley.
Now it’s your turn! Start writing and have fun.
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