Health Haiku. A haiku is a “miniature Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables – five syllables in first line, seven in second, and five in the last. No rhyme or meter scheme is employed when writing haiku. The aim of the haiku is to create something greater than the sum of the parts.” Traditionally, haiku poems were written about nature and gently capture the essence of the aspect of nature that is being described.

What is more natural to us than our bodies and our health? I think this fits together well. If you’d like to take a more authetic perspective, you can include a Kigo, or “seasonal reference” (to April or spring, perhaps?) in your haiku.

Write as many haikus as you like!

Ambitious Activist Challenge Add-on: Make your haiku into a tanka. A tanka is a haiku (5-7-5) with two extra lines (7-7). The last two lines, called the shimo-no-ku, can be used to wrap up your poem a bit more succinctly.

Remember when writing these types of poems, less is more. Use your writing time today as a light, meditative experience if you can. I like to think of haikus as mini meditations since you can’t detect the skill of the writer. A successful haiku is one that makes the writer and reader pause.


29 thoughts on “HAWMC Day 5

    1. Your poem was beautiful! Very honest and very real.

  1. I enjoyed doing this one! I used to write poems “back in the day” lol!nnhttp://community.wegohealth.com/profiles/blogs/wego-challege-day-5

  2. My Haiku … man I gotta catch up, ADHDers are always starting late, sorry …nhttp://bit.ly/fjBOer

  3. Here’s today’s Haiku for Sjoggies:nhttp://reasonablywell-julia.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-still-on-it.html

  4. A renga is a poem of about 40-50 tankas.nnSome of my non-health communities have created these poems by collating tankas independently submitted by participants; at one time it was an eagerly-anticipated way for us to celebrate the change of seasons.nnHere are four tanka for a diabetes renga chain…nnPricker quickly springsnDrawing forth a drop of bloodnAt fingertip’s edge.nnA prim’d meter’s strip draws nearnRed fluid quickly absorb’d.nnThe meter counts downnFive, four, three, two, one, displaynNumbers high or low.nnIt’s not a test, they tell usnHigh or low, we fail ourselves.nnNumbers in a lognDraw patterns through time and foodnGraphing our glucosennIllustrating managementnOr total lack of controlnnWe’re responsiblenFor maintaining the readingsnIn a narrow rangennComplications, death are risksnOf drawing outside the lines.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Long QT Haiku:nhttp://thepinkteeshirt.blogspot.com/2011/04/hawmc-challenge-haiku.html

  6. its 4:00 clock in the afternoon it takes 5 minutes to the bottle shop, i look in the mirror, what do i see, a face that tells a story about me. The image is not so heavenly…ive stoped writting for 7 minutes now went blank, and drifted to the end of the show..It must be the end of the show, for the road i have no money to quench my thirst, nearing the day of my daughters birth, im chewing on the end of the line zoning out!..focus until the end of time its 4:10 in the afternoon..

  7. dreams once elevated me,nwith the wisdom, and vision entrusted in thee,nthou i was taken above, and showed a hand that hand was me writting,npen to paper..clear as day for the vision dismayed,nno longer was my vision there.nIt had vanished within a glimps the dreaming was of heavenly thoughts, that the dream catcher couldn’t of caught, witch faded,nand faded to today dreams.

  8. I did a handful … but they’re not very good. I get points for trying, right?

  9. Where am I? An Alzheimer’s Disease Haiku. How did I do? :)nhttp://bit.ly/g4MzjQ

  10. Unpredictable.nEpilepsy is not bossnNow tell my brain that.

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