Today is National Haiku Day

There’s a holiday for everything, and that includes haiku.  Today is National Haiku Day, when everyone is encouraged to write their own haiku.

If you’re unfamiliar with haiku, there’s no need to worry because it’s a pretty simple concept.  Simply write a short poem consisting of three lines, but make sure the middle line is slightly longer.

Many poems don’t hold that form when translated from Japanese to English.  Therefore, it is considered acceptable to shorten each line a bit.  Don’t be afraid to jazz it up!

We’ve gathered a few for your enjoyment, and even included a couple of originals from Dallas Janitorial Service.  Here’s one from the National Day Calendar website to start things off:

Here’s another (and please don’t judge me, I don’t do this often):

This dirty office
I am unable to think
It needs cleaning now

Remember that it’s the syllables that matter, more so than the letters.  Haiku will look a little different in English, because each kanji (a Japanese character) represents a sound (one represents hai, another represents ku, etc.), while English letters come together to make different sounds.

Here we have a classic from Japan that sounds beautiful, although the structure is lost in translation:

(You can find that one and many more like it on the site where we found the image.)

OK, maybe I’ll try one more original:

We can clean for you
Just look us up at …Dallas


Thank you, thank you, and remember, I’ll be here all week!

… Maybe…

-Ryan Derenbecker