Reena’s Exploration Challenge #89

Hi, friends

Last week’s prompt brought in some much-needed whackiness and  humor, as well as the usual intensity in the Exploration Challenge.

So far, we’ve never had restrictions on length or format of the piece. I’m adding a rider, just for this week.


Reena’s Exploration Challenge -Haiku Prompt

You could write a story or an anecdote with a haiku as part of it. A Haibun or Alternating verse and poetry, of course works.

I collected some Gyan from the Shadow Poetry website

Definition of Haiku

1) An unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment. Nature is combined with human nature. It usually consists of three lines of 5/7/5 (5 kana in the first line, 7 kana in the second line, and 5 kana in the third line) totaling seventeen kana.

2) A foreign adaptation of 1, usually written in three lines totalling 17 syllables or LESS.

As you will notice, there are two definitions. Definition #1 is where many get confused. People tend to confuse kana or a single unit in the Japanese language with the English syllable. 

This is like comparing apples to oranges. Kana cannot be compared to syllables.

Unless you are Japanese, have been writing Japanese, or speak fluent Japanese, you will be writing definition #2.

The difference between the two is that in definition #2, you will be writing three lines of poetry, 17 syllables or LESS. 

This means you do not have to write three lines of 5/7/5 (5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line). You may do so, if you can do it well without fluff words (many can’t). If you write 5/7/5, that does not make your poem more of a haiku than someone who does not write 5/7/5.

My Example
 grey skies await
resplendent colors of dawn
-offending silver moon


Write a post on your blog, and link it up here with a pingback, or copy-paste the blog link in Comments. Tag it Reena’s Exploration Challenge for easy access in the Blog Roll.

I eagerly await your responses.


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Jen Goldie at

Sadje at

Michael at

Reena Saxena at

Bladud Fleas at

Len at

Eugenia at

VJ Knutson at

Deborah at awisewomansjourney


37 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #89

    1. In my limited experience with micropoetry, I found the highest number of versions in haiku – from classical haiku to Ronovan’s freku. I stumbled upon this in further research and shared it.

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