Tip #35 Write a Haiku

I kill an ant


and realize my three children


have been watching.

-Kato Shuson

Haikus are not your traditional type of story telling and a poem isn’t a prose. I think Haikus still tell a story. Five-Seven-Five give a try.

Here’s another famous Haiku…

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

 -Basho

5-7-5

Haikus are traditional written in three lines with five syllables in the first line. Seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line for seventeen syllables.

If you are unsure on hw many syllables are in your haiku you can check here:

There is also the untraditional haiku of eleven syllables of 3-5-3 per line.

Haikus are also thought of as nature poems, but for us flash fiction writers, I think we can be a bit more liberal take it anywhere it needs to go.

I even once even wrote a description of a haiku as a haiku:

I like brevity. 

Ed said, ‘Write short. It’s better.’

I said, ‘Okay, Ed.’

Try one, it might be your cup of tea. 

Author: Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson is an art-student, runner, publisher, and writer who lives in Colorado. https://madcow.press

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