Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry which has only three lines. You probably remember it from grade school, because English teachers usually get kids to write haiku poetry. In case you’ve forgotten, in haiku the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the last line has five syllables. It’s poetry stripped down to the bare essentials. What do you have to say, and how do you say it in 17 syllables? It’s even harder than tweeting!
Also, haiku poetry is characterized by having two very different images in the poem. Haiku is so expressive because it connects different images in subtle ways.
Palm Sunday is coming, and I wonder what kind of haiku poem would best describe Palm Sunday. I invite you to write a haiku poem and share it on Sunday… Here are some ideas to get you started:
Wild crowds cheer so loud!
King Jesus comes! They don’t hear
the sound of his tears.
A king triumphant
enters on small gray donkey.
No thrones here. Not yet.