Pop Pop Epistle # 145 – About National Haiku Poetry Day


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Dear Grandkids,

Apparently there is a “national day” for just about everything. It turns out that today is National Haiku Poetry Day. What is Haiku you might ask?

Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and usually consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. English haiku however does not always follow the strict syllable count found in Japanese haiku. The typical length of haiku in the English language is 10-14 syllables.

The challenge with haiku is trying to say a lot with only a few words. And trying to be profound in only a few words. And trying to capture a breathtaking moment in only a few words.

I generally like poetry. You already know that I have tried my hand over the years at writing poetry. And I generally like challenges. So in honor of National Haiku Day here are a few haikus for your enjoyment and amusement.

A Pop Pop’s great joy.
Almost nine little munchkins.
The Lord’s handiwork!

A gift from the Lord.
Your Nona. My wife. My joy.
Forty years of adventures.

Pondering the Word.
Abiding in the Lord’s love.
Strength for each new day.

A rainbow of colors
Red, yellow, blue, green, and brown.
Peanut M&Ms.

Sleep. Glorious sleep.
Yet dreams that keep me awake.

When you get some time try your hand at writing a haiku and then send it to me. It’s not as easy as you might think – especially if you stick to the 5-7-5 pattern of traditional haiku.

Never forget that you are very loved!

Pop Pop



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