Haiku for the Holidays

Wanting some time of revery and zen this holiday season? Try some 17 syllable therapy and write haiku! This ancient creative poetry form of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second, and five in the last is a satisfying way to distill the sights, scents, moods, memories and mischief of life. And who can’t use a little bit of that with the holidays upon us? Here are some of my recent efforts. I look forward to reading yours in the comments!

collage by Linda Hoffman Kimball

 

Pockets Full of Miracles

Quarters, dimes, nickels.
Red buckets & jingling bells.
Helping change the world.

 

Ode d’November

November smells like
Bright swirling leaves; pumpkin pie,
Fine thymes; sage wisdom.

 

A Reason to Shop Online

Parking place jaguars
Stalk the exhausted shoppers.
Avoid getting malled.

Table Manners

Shape up, you turkeys!
Nothing says Thanksgiving like
Fights over drumsticks.

 

Autumn Twilight at Michael’s

Cornstalks and scarecrows,
Eucalyptus in the air…
Time for glue guns, gals.

Have some fun. Happy haiku-ing!

About Linda

(Prose Board) splits her time between the mountains of Utah and the prairies of Illinois, generally confounding the postal service. She compiles inspiring collections of LDS women talking about topics dear to (or prickly in) LDS women's hearts (visiting teaching, Relief Society, motherhood, etc.) through Cedar Fort Publishing. Her forthcoming book "Candy Canes & Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World" is available for pre-order on Amazon! She also writes for children ("Come with Me on Halloween"), illustrates, writes poetry, plays with fabric and can be bribed with dark chocolate.

11 thoughts on “Haiku for the Holidays

  1. Linda, I like your holiday-themed haiku. I like the “change” the world “sage” wisdom and “malled” puns. Tee hee! You are very kind to share them. I’m not quite ready to look towards Christmas. I’m still taking in autumn. (Here in KS, the leaves are still mainly on the trees.)

    Autumn Ball: Cattails come untucked / the pond hosts shadow dances / wind-strewn leaves gossip.

  2. End of term draws near
    Students rapidly panic
    Faculty do, too.

    Can you tell what’s on my mind these days?

  3. Husband still on trip,
    The house looks like a mine field.
    All day I will clean.

    Not very clever
    My mind overwhelmed by work
    No poetry flows.

  4. i’m a little late to the game, and too addled to write my own, but i wanted to just drop in and thank you for these. i always appreciate a good haiku. love the word play and humor.

  5. I write poetry and once and a while it is actually something that I actually like with a nice whimsical quality and a good rhythm to boot. But I can’t count syllables and create anything half decent. I like to appreciate the work of others who share that gift. :)

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