Haiku Examples

You've come to the right place for haiku examples. The haiku form is pretty simple. Click here for rules for writing haiku poems. Remember that the haiku has a very specific form. Each poem consists of three lines of five, then seven, then five, syllables. It can be a challenge communicating what you have in mind with these very specific parameters. (Thankfully, you don't have to rhyme, or it might be extremely difficult.) Once you get the hang of it, writing haiku poems can be a lot of fun. But truly, the best way to understand this poetic form is to read many haiku poems. In a addition to the examples on this page, there are more on the funny haiku page of this web site.

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Because traditional haiku poems are supposed to reflect the season or nature, that is exactly what these first four haiku examples will do. The first poem is about autumn.

Clean blue day. The clouds
Still in the sky. Until a
Crackling brown leaf falls.

Here comes winter...

Ice clings to cement
Shining dark and dangerous.
Be careful! Don't slip.

Spring has sprung . . .

Sloppy puddles. Wet.
My dog's feet, tracking muddy
Paw prints on my floor.

In the heat of summer . . .

I feel the sun's warmth
Baking on my skin. I watch
The flowers reach high.

Here are some birthday haikus.

Happy Birthday! You
Are much older than age two.
Look great. Lucky you.

How many candles
On your cake? The light glows like
One Big Birthday fire.

They say you're older
One year added to your age.
Lift your wings and fly.

I sure hope you enjoyed these haiku examples. They were a lot of fun to write, which means that I will probably be writing more. All it takes it pen and paper -- or maybe a blank computer screen and a willing keyboard. If you're looking for samples to help get you started on your own haiku poems, I wish you well. If you were here to simply read and enjoy, I say "Welcome!" And take a look at some of the additional haiku links on this web site below.

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Funny Haiku

Rules for Writing Haiku

How to Write Haiku

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