Blue grey dawn light creeps
Across the world stealing night
Away from the moon.
Traffic noise humming
And rushing past the window
Like urban thunder.
Snowdrops on the bank;
Flecks of white petals bursting
From winter’s prison.
Here are three haikus that I wrote when I was doing a creative writing course with the open university. Before I did that course I always thought of myself as a poet who sometimes tells stories but I discovered that I got the best marks for my stories so now I tend to think of myself as a story-teller who sometimes writes poems.
As I’m sure you know, haiku is a Japanese type of poem where the first line is supposed to contain five syllables, the middle line seven syllables and the last line is five syllables. A classic Japanese haiku should also contain a reference to the season.