How to Write a Haiku Poem

It’s always good to go back to the basics and refresh our memories about the various syllabic poetry forms we use in our weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. Today, let’s review how to write a Haiku. Here are a few links for you to read. Enjoy! ~Colleen~


Haiku is an ancient form of poetry invented in Japan. People focus on the syllable counts, but that’s just the basics. Here’s how to write a haiku poem.

Source: How to Write a Haiku Poem

Source: How to Write a Haiku in 4 Easy Steps

Source: How to Write a Haiku Poem: Haiku Examples and Tips

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #5: Colleen Chesebro offers a primer on writing haiku!

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Colleen.

  3. The haiku form of poetry is always lovely. Thanks for sharing these links. I like writing haikus on my own at home, but the reminder is a nice touch for some extra motivation. And yes- it’s more than syllables! It’s about finding the meaning within those few words.

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  5. Thanks so much for this post, Colleen. I’ve read and loved the powerful messages and visual imagery that the Haiku form of poetry is known for, Yet I’ve never attempted to write one. Now I plan to read the links you have so kindly provided and make an attempt at it. I’m looking forward to creating something worthy of your poetry challenge.😊

  6. A wonderful reminder at the start of summer. Thank you Colleen! 🙂💛

  7. Reblogged this on Walt's Writings and commented:
    A wonderful reminder from Colleen Chesebro on how to write a Haiku poem.

  8. Haiku is a wonderful way to say a lot in few words. These are helpful links. Thanks for sharing, Colleen! 💕🤗💕

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  10. Love this! The Haiku is my fav.

  11. I learned something new today

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