Celebrate National Poetry Month with Haiku about Reading

Write your own haiku about reading and share it in the comments!

It’s National Poetry Month, everybody! Let’s celebrate with haiku about reading.

Here’s how to write haiku – a reminder in case you haven’t done this since grade school! Begin with a poignant moment. Include a reference to nature. Create a shift.

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression (from poets.org).

Here’s a famous example from Bashō, a 17th-century Japanese poet and master of haiku:

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An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Here are some of our favorites about reading:

Treasured stack of books
water stained vintage paper
old fishing stories.

Character go forth
Unlimited stories
That new book smell.

Reading and I have
an intense relationship
to put it lightly.

Letters on the page
Worlds created in my mind
I live many lives.

And here are a few more, written by RIFer Donna C:

A large stack of books
whittled down
but never ending

Reading takes me far
alone I go
yet lonesome no more

After reading it
I can’t wait
to give it away!

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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