People invented a beautiful kind of poetry called haiku. The word “Haiku”
means “game-verse.” The form is sometimes called Hokku or
haikai, but these names are not correct. Haiku is a longer verse form
called the tanka. These are very short poems and they do not have rhyming
words. They often contain deep meanings, suggesting more than what is
said. Their imagery paints pictures with words. They have three lines
with a total of only 17 syllables, arranged in a pattern of 5-7-5. Usually
there are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line
and 5 syllables in the last line. Haiku poetry usually describes something
found in nature. Here is an example of haiku:
Curving across sunny clouds
After the rain ends.
you think this describes? That is right, a rainbow. What are some of the
clues that tells you this?
Print out. Can you guess the answer?
a, b or c. Circle the correct answer.
Piling high above our boots
Walking is hard.
Black and white horse-like body
To blossoms, fruits and shades
Bark, branches and leaves.
hot ball of fire
Grows our food and keeps us warm
Bright light in the sky.
Bubbling, moving so quickly
Falling down wet - SPLASH!
Comes in all shapes and sizes
He is man’s best friend.
Squirrels preparing for winter
Season of harvest.
hot and dry
Cactus, lizards, lots of sand
No break from the heat.
That has a very sweet smell
And a thorny stem
Soon you will spin a cocoon
Then you will be changed.
1. Illustrate one or more of the previous haiku poems.
Use the Haiku Poem print-out. Illustrate and copy the poem.
2. Write original haiku for these and other topics: mountain,
ocean, cat, river, apple, spring, mushroom, volcano, kangaroo, whale,
here to open the blank page. Hit the print button in the browser and write
your own Haiku!