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How to Write a Haiku Poem

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We have several haiku poets in our community and likely others that would be interested in rising to the challenge, so we’re sharing here how to write a haiku poem. In addition, we’ll provide a few haiku prompts to help jumpstart your own creative ideation.

WARNING: Haiku is Addictive!

Haiku is a bit like word puzzles, they’re intriguingly engaging as they rope you into trying to find words to fit the sequence. I wrote poetry all through my teen years, but other than that, I’m not a poet yet found myself thinking of in haiku phrases. It began with an intriguing or relevant word, that I then put into a sentence.

Voila! It was five syllables, (the first line of a haiku)! Hmm… what could come after that in seven syllables (the second line of a haiku)? The words flowed. This was fun! Then of course, I had to finish it with the final and third five syllable sentence.

How to Write a Haiku

Traditional Haiku Rules – Just four:

  • 3 lines
  • 17 syllables
    • 5 syls in line 1
    • 7 syls in line 2
    • 5 syls in line 3
  • Punctuation and optional and personal choice
  • Traditionally no titles

Modern Haiku Rules – Just one:

  • 3 lines
  • the rest is optional

Haiku Stimulates Poetic Ideation

Haiku poems are great for prompts and idea starters for all sorts of creating. Perhaps the allure is partly because it’s just three short lines, with the added challenge of only so many syllables. Then it doesn’t become a chore but rather a refined constraint of time, space and quantity, such that it seems immensely doable and yet also teasingly tempting to try.

A haiku can be as alluring as a crossword puzzle left on a table with a sharp pencil.

Traditional Haiku Poem Examples 5-7-5

NOTE: Traditional haiku don’t have titles but we’ve provided them here to help the reader find them.

Crossword Puzzle Haiku

A crossword puzzle
Sharpened pencil awaits you.
Have to stop and try.

~LeAura Alderson,®

Haiku Addictive Positively

A Haiku addict.
Thinking in five, seven, five
Three lines, seventeen.

~LeAura Alderson,®

Haiku Rules

Haiku has four rules.
Three lines with five-seven-five
Seventeen syls all.

~LeAura Alderson,®

Date Night

Wednesday is date night.
Dinner and some foot rubs,
mid week reconnect.

Linette Jensen, artist

Will It Fit?

Now the fire is lit;
Will my winter clothes still fit??
This is on my mind.

Susannah Holman, artist, poet, crafter
Winter Haiku Poem by Susannah Holman #Haiku #WinterHaiku #FallHaiku #HaikuPoems #HowToWriteAHaikuPoem
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Pandemic Haiku

I choose joy today
Pandemic worries begone
Looking for the best

Jill Jeffrey, poet
Photo by Lital Levy on Unsplash


Small above the moon
Serendipitous stargaze
Point our way back home

Beth Murphy, Haiku poet, writer

Indian Summer Lament

Take ice cream’s last lick
bulky sweaters minimize
the season’s behind

~Beth Murphy, haiku & tanka poet

Haiku is Good Writing Training

As poets and writers, haiku poems are excellent at training us to say more in fewer words. Similar to the infamous “Six word story”, wrongly attributed to Ernest Hemingway, haiku captures the essence of an idea, thing or concept.

As readers and art appreciators, haiku helps us sharpen our perceptions and develop conceptual awareness. Haiku helps us think more deeply and expansively and provide fuel for the imagination.

Haiku Prompt Ideas

  • The first line of this first prompt is written for you:
    • “Once in a blue moon…”:  (it’s 5 syllables and in keeping with the upcoming blue moon on Halloween 10/31). What will follow for you?
  • Haiku about the moon
  • Haiku about Halloween

Traditional Haiku Rules (refresher):

  • 3 lines
  • 17 syllables, arranged as:
    • 5
    • 7
    • 5

More Examples of Haikus – Alphabetically by Subject

Here are some of the contributions from the iCreateDaily Facebook Group and email community in response to the prompts listed above.

Autumn Haiku Poems

Harvest moon has gone
Relinquishing summertime
Autumn’s breeze will fill the air

~Shannon Billings Schofield, author writer, beekeeper
Photo by Evgeni Evgeniev on Unsplash

Blue Moon Haiku Poems

Once in a blue moon
Heart harvests the energy
Delighting my soul 🖤

~Shannon Billings Schofield, author writer, beekeeper

Once in a blue moon,
he kisses me and I swoon.
Aging love feels new

Susannah Holman, artist, poet, crafter

Once in a blue moon
Jack o lanterns grin brightly
The veil is lifted

Beth Murphy, haiku & tanka poet

Background: The Celts believed the veil between the two world (living and dead) was the thinnest on Oct.31st- Nov.1st.

Once in a blue moon,
leaves fell over snowmen’s smiles,
yellow leaves and snow.

Stella Myers, writer

Winter Haiku

Will It Fit?

Now the fire is lit;
Will my winter clothes still fit??
This is on my mind.

Susannah Holman, artist, poet, crafter
Winter Haiku Poem by Susannah Holman #Haiku #WinterHaiku #FallHaiku #HaikuPoems #HowToWriteAHaikuPoem

Success Haiku


Success isn’t chance
Show up daily, do the work
You’ll never regret

~LeAura Alderson,®


Mind power succeeds
Combined with daily effort
Focus your vision.


You are the Owner.
Mind Power the Manager.
Will Power Employed.

~LeAura Alderson,

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