I just read @greggr's card about writing haikus, and was inspired to write some of my own!
...And then I lost all inspiration and was totally stuck, so rather than writing my own, I thought I'd put together a few of my favorite haikus (written by other people) for you all to see. (And yes, I know some of these are haiku inspired poems, a distinction that should be made, but I like those and real haikus translated from Japanese just the same).
Let me know which ones you like! I'll work on writing my own another time~
mosquito she too insisting she is is is is is - Peter Yovu
The sound - the high-pitched whining and buzzing of those thin, high vowels and string of "z" sounds - is a vital part of this poem, a part that I think English-language haiku poets too often neglect!!
Useless dreams, alas!
Over desolate fields
winds whisper as they pass.
― Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738), loose translation by Michael R. Burch
A classic, but a beautiful classic at that. Probably the only haiku that I can remember by heart.
biting into a melon
full of seeds
- Yu Chang