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!

November 19, 2012


  1. KDA

    November 16, 2012

    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. annegb

    November 16, 2012

    Holidays are here
    Bringing promises of cheer
    Crap, just kill me now.

  3. Erik

    November 16, 2012

    Oh these are fabulous! Thanks Linda.

    And annegb you make me laugh!

  4. Michelle L.

    November 16, 2012

    oops, I was signed in as my husband. Still, I’m pretty sure he would have said the same thing, but probably in a more clever way.

  5. Sevans

    November 16, 2012

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

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

  6. Strollerblader

    November 16, 2012

    Love your artwork AND haiku, Linda! I love the puns in the poems. Nothing to add, however.

  7. Lily

    November 17, 2012

    Tried to write haiku/ nursed all night and brain so tired/ baby, I am stumped!

  8. Selwyn

    November 18, 2012

    No snowflakes for me.
    Summer sparkles on tinsel
    The beach croons my name.

  9. Sage

    November 19, 2012

    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.

  10. Debra

    November 19, 2012

    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.

  11. Barb

    November 19, 2012

    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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