I bet every single one of you has written a haiku at least once in your life; but can you remember what one is?

The haiku originated in Japan and is a non-rhyming poem written in three lines setting a mood or scene or portraying a feeling.

The entire haiku is composed in 17 syllables. The first line contains five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third and final line has five syllables. 5-7-5.


Take a break and write one for yourself, it could be a different way to introduce your ideas or project!

  • Think about a theme for your haiku and write down some of the words that come to mind on that theme.
  • Organise your thoughts roughly onto three lines. First, set the scene, then expand on that by expressing a feeling, making an observation or recording an action. Keep it simple.
  • Polish your haiku into three lines, the first with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. It may take some time and substitution of words to make it fit.



    And here are some technology-based haikus that may entertain as your week starts:


    Three things are certain:
    Death, taxes, and lost data.
    Guess which has occurred.


    Windows NT crashed.
    I am the Blue Screen of Death.
    No one hears your screams.
    The code was willing,
    It considered your request,
    But the chips were weak.
    A file that big?
    It might be very useful.
    But now it is gone.
    Chaos reigns within.
    Reflect, repent, and reboot.
    Order shall return.
    This site has been moved.
    We’d tell you where, but then we’d
    have to delete you.


    First snow, then silence.
    This thousand dollar screen dies
    so beautifully.


    Yesterday it worked
    Today it is not working
    Windows is like that
    No keyboard present
    Hit F1 to continue
    Zen engineering?

    Serious error.
    All shortcuts have disappeared
    Screen. Mind. Both are blank.


    Haiku selected from an original post at http://www.strangeplaces.net/weirdthings/haiku.html

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