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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.



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