A haiku about Petra in Jordan

The Natural World of Haiku (Guest Post)

Are you a fan of the haiku? Curious as to how to write one? Would you like to read a few of them?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I encourage you to read this guest post from acclaimed poet Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. You can read more of her intelligent writing at Hadel Poetry Prose Arts and Storytelling. The poetic stage is yours, Hadel!

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First of all, I would like to say thank you to Christy for inviting me as a guest author on her blogging site, Poetic Parfait; I also would like to add, it is a privilege.

For me personally, I enjoy reading and writing poetry since the age of nine and maybe even younger. I was lucky enough to have encouraging teachers in my life who offered me support in writing poetry and other works.

So I am delighted to share with you a particular type of poetry form, called haiku. Although in the poetry universe, there are about 55 poetic patterns one may choose from. Haiku is the creative art form named by Masaoka Shiki in the 19th century Japan. Yes, Haiku is Japanese poetry that was previously called hokku. However, I will be discussing about English Haiku that varies in comparison to the Japanese Haiku. For instance, in English, haiku is written in three lines to correspond to the three parts of a haiku in Japanese that generally consists of five, seven, and then five based on the Japanese count sounds and not English syllables. A traditional haiku usually contains the season or nature in which the poem is set.

Once more, Haiku in the present day has seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five encompassing the natural world. Haiku does not have to rhyme or follow rigid rules or structure so it is up to the poet. Most haiku may include repetition of words or sounds and does not have to evoke nature. There are many variations of haiku and are typically small poems that may or may not include syllables.

For the west or English speakers, there are three types of haiku commonly known as renga, choka and tanka: tanka poems consist of a five-seven-five-seven-seven syllabic pattern about any theme; choka poems are related to a tanka, nonetheless, the alternating lines of five and seven in a choka may be conveyed as long as the poet deems before completing with two lines of seven; finally, in renga poems are a combination of wide-range number of Japanese style stanza. In other words, renga is a chained poem whereby poets in pairs or small members exchange and compose the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.

In particular, I prefer to express my poetry style in the five-seven-five haiku and tanka with syllables and without rhyming words.

I am delighted to share with you two haiku I have penned about the country of Jordan and its charm, hospitality, and culture published on my personal blog (see top link) and Facebook author page as well:

DEAD SEA (Tanka)

Wave of salt water

Smear face with saline fine mud

Hastily body afloat

A Mesmerizing blue marble sky

Hand in hand stroll seafront beach.

Creative writing about the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea in Jordan inspires a tanka.


PETRA (Haiku)

Red rose of Jordan

A rose city of rock-cut stone

Stands gallant temple.

A haiku about Petra in Jordan

Petra, Jordan is the red rose city.

Written by Hadel S. Ma’ayeh ©Copyright 2016, All rights reserved.

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52 thoughts on “The Natural World of Haiku (Guest Post)

  1. robbiesinspiration

    A very interesting article about writing haiku poetry. I don’t write in this style myself but I found the descriptions of the different forms very interesting. The poems at the end were lovely! Tweeted this @bakeandwrite.

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  2. Gastradamus

    It’s so nice of you to share others work on your blog and its quite the article. We would love your thoughts on our new short story called Eaten an Eskimo. It s a rough draft and we are looking into routs of publishing but we are trying to get all the comments we can handle, because without people like you giving us advice, there’s no book

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  3. Annika Perry

    These poems are beautiful and have such deep hidden emotional depth. I thoroughly enjoy reading haiku but never feel confident enough to try writing any myself – although with this clear explanation I might dare give it a go. Who knew there were 55 forms of poetry in Japan! Wow! A lovely guest post on your blog, Christy – a delight to read and thank you for sharing. Wishing you both a lovely weekend. 😀

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  5. Sue Dreamwalker

    Such a wonderful poetic share Christy.. I too have never been able to master Haiku.. I don’t know what type of poetry style my own poems are.. I just write them.. usually four lines to a verse and keep going till I feel its ended.. LOL..
    Love and hugs again Christy… Hugs Sue xx

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Ohhh if you do write a tanka, Tricia, please send me a note so I don’t miss the post. No pressure, just in case you do end up writing and publishing one on your site. xx


  6. macalder02

    .I do not have so much knowledge of the forms of poetry. The only thing I can say is that your verses are beautiful that come to convey that emotional feeling you put when you write



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