Haiku for Mother’s Day

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Haiku is a poetry form that has its roots in Japanese culture. These short poems are meant to convey a particular insight in only a few words. While traditional Haiku is usually three lines long, English writers have taken more liberties with the form. Haiku can be written in the traditional form, or has one line, which may be horizontal across the page, or vertical, down the page, similar to the Japanese fashion. Another important characteristic of Japanese Haiku is the structure. The most traditional Haiku consists of three lines that have a total of seventeen syllables. The first line will have 5 syllables, the second line 7, and the third line will also have 5 syllables. Most Japanese Haiku uses the seasons or nature as their subject, while in reality you can write about anything that fits the structure of the poetry.

Mothers and Mother’s Day can be a great subject for your Haiku. The emotions of mothering and motherhood can be descriptive and beautiful when put into a Haiku form of poetry. You can use your Haiku to show your Mom how much you care for her and appreciate all that she does. Whether you include your Haiku inside a Mother’s Day card or put your poem on her gift, she will cherish the sentiment you are trying to express. This Mother’s Day why not surprise your Mom with her own original Haiku. Here is how you do it-

It actually is very easy to begin writing this type of poetry. All that is really required is a pen or pencil and paper, however, you can use the word processing program on your computer, as well as the spell check, thesaurus and dictionary functions to make your Haiku writing even easier.

The first step is to write an overview of what you want your Haiku to say. Then you can start counting out your syllables and taking out any unnecessary words. At this point you can start to group your words either by syllables, imagery or even thought. Make sure that you are using your creativity, but remember that there are few limits here. If you are stuck you can use your thesaurus to help you find better words. Remember that while Japanese Haiku has a strict structure, your own poem only has to reflect the sense of Haiku.

It is always fun to try and write Haiku. However, if you are unable to come up with what you want to say, there is a wide variety of Mother’s Day Haiku that you can borrow from. Whether you are looking for a Haiku that is humorous, touching or poignant, there is probably one that can express what you are feeling. You can borrow one of the lovely poems listed below to add to your Mother’s Day card to help express how you feel about that most important lady in your life-your Mom.

Mother’s Day
the florist adds kisses
to my card

mother’s email
X’s after
the :-)

for a second time
eight candles
on mother’s birthday cake
by Hilary Tann

Mom: A Haiku
She is very sweet.
I love my mom more than the world.
She is the best mom.
By Michael

teeth marks on shoulder
“I bite you instead of kiss!”
painful toddler love

don’t pull out your hair
no matter what the kids do
will just grow back gray

mommy-ing challenge
the bad days could be worse days
enjoy this moment

tiny baby socks
become bigger stinky ones
still love the feet, though

the daughter taps flour
into a mixing bowl . . .
mother’s apron tight
by-Randy Brooks

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  • Callum


    The majority of these aren’t Haiku but they certainly fit the remit of poetry. To comment that “English writers have taken more liberties with the form” is, in simile, to say they have made a chocolate cake without flour, chocolate or eggs. One might have made something delicious, but it will never be a chocolate cake. Poetic license should not smudge the lines of what is haiku. The main reason I love haiku so much is because I enjoy the challenge of writing good haiku within the rules of origin. Haiku is what it is and once it is not, it is something else. Nothing distinguishes your examples from poetry; poetry is all encompassing of rhetoric. However, four things clearly say that not all your examples are haiku: Three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables and a seasonal reference. In summary:

    Please, don’t change Haiku.
    Make your precious glowing light
    But don’t thaw its soul

    Thank you.