Let me guess. You've always wanted to find haiku examples to help you write your own.

Am I right? Or maybe you just can't find the right haiku examples to get you started and sail on through your writer's block. It's really quite easy to learn to write a haiku. It's just finding the right words that makes up the hard part.

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Your words must take on the syllabic format that haiku requires. The first and third lines must have five syllables each, and the middle line must have seven syllables. Some people may think this sounds easy and others may think it sounds hard. Wherever in this spectrum you fall, you will hopefully find that with enough persistence and reading of haiku samples, you will be writing your own in no time at all.

Traditional Japanese haikus focused on nature and the seasons as the predominant aspects of each poem, but whoever chooses to write a haiku has free reign over what they choose to write. Choose from a broad range of topics. Maybe you like to write about:


Whatever you choose to write about is what makes your writing unique. You, and you alone, are writing what works for you, makes sense to you, inspires you, and positions you to write to the very best of your ability.

Let's test out a few of the topics above in some haiku examples:

Having taught The Catcher in the Rye many times, I've come across many cartoons, stories, and even haiku samples that deal with that particular novel. It is quite interesting to read what people come up with when it deals with something with which you are so familiar. It makes reading it all that much better since you understand it so well. Here is a literary haiku that I once found in an online quiz:

Leaving Pencey Prep.
The world is full of phonies
Except old Phoebe.

How about a shopping haiku?

To shop or not to
Is the ultimate question
On this Black Friday.

What about one more? Let's try our hand at photography:

A still photograph
Colorful as a rainbow
Captures the moment.

Seventeen syllables can sure say a lot, can't they? These few haiku examples didn't take long to write. They just require a bit of editing in order to find the fewest words that say the most. I could have changed any of these haikus to be longer paragraphs if I so chose. Haiku Examples The haiku about The Catcher in the Rye could have been elaborated on by explaining who the phonies are and why the main character believes them to be such.

The shopping haiku could have delved into the specific items that shoppers want to buy, what stores they are going to, and what their plan of attack is if someone else tries to buy it first.

The haiku about the photograph could have used a ton of description to show the beauty of that specific moment mentioned in the haiku.

So, just as paragraphs and stories can be parsed down to make shorter stories, poems, or other types of writing, so too can it go the other way. Poems can be made into longer pieces of writing. Just start with what comes easiest for you and work your way toward what you are striving to write. This is just one way to wrestle through your writer's block and come out victorious on the other end. Start with what you know, and work back to what you don't know. Working backward can sometimes come in handy.

Enjoy these haiku examples, and come up with some of your own. Spend five minutes writing a paragraph and parse it down, or just write down words and pick the few that match the syllables you need to fill. Good luck and have fun!

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