My First Haiku Since 1974

21 May

Back in 8th grade, Sister Mary Regis, OP had us write haiku. That was 1974. To the best of my recollection, I haven’t written a poem since.

For those of you like my husband, who had never heard of haiku, it’s a three line poetry form that originated in Japan. A Google search reminded me that haiku has 17  syllables. When Michelle Rafter suggested haiku as a theme for Day 21 of the Word Count 2012 Blogathon, I felt inspired to give it a try. Thanks to an unusual sight and sound heard from my balcony earlier today, I have a haiku for you. By the way, if you like this form of poetry, be sure to check out the work of my friends Rachel Dickinson and Jenna Schnuer at The Haiku Diaries.

And now, for what the poetry world has waited 38 years: My Homage to the hedgehog.

The hedgehog is loud,

munching green hydrangea leaves

in my neighbor’s yard

I hope my effort inspires you to write a haiku or other thought in the comments section below. Meanwhile, I think I’ll stick to prose.



14 Responses to “My First Haiku Since 1974”

  1. Jen @ My Morning Chocolate May 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I love it! I can’t believe you can see hedgehogs out of your window. I decided to borrow your inspiration for this haiku:

    The day is gray, damp
    A haze over the city
    Still, pink roses glow.

  2. Sheila Callahan May 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Lovely, haiku, Jen.

    Yes, isn’t it crazy that there are hedgehogs in the financial capital of Central and Eastern Europe?


  3. Jackie Dishner May 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Adorable. And just to clarify, haiku has 17 syllables. ;-)

  4. Jennifer Willis May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Very nice!

  5. Kate @ Teaching What Is Good May 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Sweet! Made me smile!! (from Blogathon)

  6. Sheila Callahan May 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks, Jennifer.

  7. Rachel Dickinson May 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Welcome to the world of haiku, Sheila! I would love to be able to use a hedgehog in a haiku.

  8. Beth Z. May 22, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    No way, a Polish hedgehog? That is so cute! I am on the next plane to Warsaw.

    • Sheila Callahan May 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      A Polish hedgehog, indeed, Beth! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  9. Colleen Biondi May 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Sheila: I love it. You have inspired me to create a truly-Canadian haiku; maybe something about snow in the sumertime?

  10. Sheila Callahan May 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Colleen, I hope you had fun with your haiku. Thank you for stopping by!

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