Practicing Haiku Poems

How can Haiku Habits change your life?

I am new to writing haiku poems. I don’t pretend to post great haiku. I want to get better at haiku and through haiku. I want to pay attention, capture the moment, and share. This seems a good remedy for my human condition.

Life in seventeen syllables (or less). At a time.

What do you haiku? Critique, reflect, trash, enjoy! We get better – together.

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  • Qrystal Nov 20, 2008 @ 22:03

    I don’t pretend to post great haiku either, but I do try to put a good amount of inspiration into each one so that I can take pride in what I’ve done. Overall though, I think of haiku as being akin to photography: the more shots you make, the more good ones you get out of it. According to I have tweeted over 1300 haiku since March 2008! 🙂

    A haiku for you in honour of your new domain name:

    I wholly agree:
    moments captured in haiku
    improve living them!


    See also (a search for haiku artists on twitter, omitting the ones by that haiku thief, @haikutwaiku).

  • Ken Wagner Nov 21, 2008 @ 11:36

    Qrystal – Thanks for the comment and the haiku!

    I agree about collecting snapshots. The more we collect, the more we notice – differently.

    Great tip about the Twitter search. I added the search to my RSS feed.

  • Ian Nov 21, 2008 @ 13:29

    Cool site, and great idea. I think I’m going to give this a try. Not sure that I can do it more than once per day, so I’ll need to start slowly. I’ll set a goal of three per week and see if I can scale up to a few per day. I’m not the best poet, nor the most prolific writer, so it will take me some time, but a little insight is better than none, right?

  • Ken Wagner Nov 22, 2008 @ 8:23

    Ian – Thanks for the comment and visit, Ian. Please come back and share any suggestions or reactions that you have as the project moves forward. It would be very helpful to know what grabbed you, what bored you, and why.

    I find that the more I commit to writing haiku, the more I notice that can be captured in haiku.

    Haiku viral, so to speak.

  • aj3d Nov 25, 2008 @ 16:45

    I wrote many haiku until a few years ago, and started again when someone introduced me to Twitter. It just seems such a natural medium for it.

    I agree that writing haiku makes you become more aware. The more you write, the more it turns into a habit, a way of seeing (or being).

    Among the first ones I tweeted was this:
    haiku is eigenlijk maar niks, en toch…
    (haiku doesn’t amount to much, and yet…)

    But I feel better now…

    Adriaan Jacobsz

  • Ken Wagner Nov 25, 2008 @ 22:17

    Adriaan – You access the haiku possibilities on Twitter very well. What do you think about the blog format? Do you think it suits the genre? Have you considered blogging, or do you prefer the Twitter practice?

  • aj3d Nov 26, 2008 @ 3:38

    I have considered blogging, but I’m such a n00b in that respect. A haiku-blog would be nice, but who would come and visit (apart from you ;-))?

    Twitter is less of a fuss, to do and to follow, I think.

    But I started working on my guest posts!

    Adriaan Jacobsz

  • harps Nov 26, 2008 @ 6:53

    words emerge
    instead of dreams
    to help

  • Ken Wagner Nov 26, 2008 @ 21:22

    aj3d – I am looking forward to the guest post(s). If you are interested, you can set up a free no-hassle blog at Last month, there were 300,000 Google searches for “haiku” and 30,000 searches for “haiku poems.”

    I definitely think haiku blogs will have an audience – it just takes time, good content (I’m trying!), and a little bit of design and marketing. More voices help build a better community.

    harps – Welcome! And thanks for leaving the haiku. It captures the emergence of haiku habits nicely, contrasting with a different source of inspiration – the dream world. Well done.

  • iaindavidwilkinson Jan 10, 2010 @ 7:51

    My advice would definitely be to go for it. Writing Haiku sharpens your powers of observation and reflection, and despite what some people may see as constraint there are almost endless possiblities for experimentation. I would recommend getting hold of a copy of ‘The Haiku Anthology’ edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel and checking out some of Raymond Roseliep’s work at for starters. I have also put some of my haiku work up on my blog at
    Good luck and have fun!