It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

I didn’t want to write another haiku, but what can I say – it’s International Haiku Poetry Day.

Thank you to Beth at I Didn’t Have My Glasses On for letting me know about this holiday.

Observed annually on April 17, it’s a day that encourages everyone to try their hand in creativity. For those who may not be familiar with haiku, it is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and usually consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Usually, an element of nature, a season, moment of beauty, or an individual experience inspires haiku poems. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling, image or moment.

Don’t count on my haiku to do any of that, except for the 5-7-5 thing.

So here we go:

A day spent on Zoom
I see and hear everyone
But it’s not the same

Feel free to share your haiku in the comments!

P.S. I wasn’t sure if “everyone” would count as three or four syllables, but fortunately, it’s just three!

P.P.S. However, using a contraction, like “it’s” may be frowned upon…

P.P.P.S. I can’t tell you how many times I counted syllables using my fingers to get this just right…

*image from The Poetry Department

23 thoughts on “It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

  1. glad you honored this special day with another of your classics. of course, being a numbers guy, your finger-counting method got involved. ty for connecting –

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    1. well done, Jonathan! I know you enjoy writing poetry, perhaps you should think about starting a blog. I’d highly recommend you check out Brad Osbourne’s blog at He writes a new poem every day, except on Tuesday when he publishes inspirational messages for writers. I also know Brad would be incredibly supportive of your efforts!


  2. Jim, your Haiku captured the missing elements of using Zoom. I didn’t even know the 17th was International Haiku Poetry Day, but nonetheless I had a Haiku series posted hours ago.

    Staying up too late
    Watching late night news . . . again
    Film night tomorrow

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