If you want to start writing poetry, the haiku is a user-friendly introduction to it. With a three-lined verse that contains the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5 and no requirement to rhyme, amateurs can make their foray into this Japanese art form without the emotional and time investment that other types of poetry require. Purists might argue that it's more complex than I let on, and I suppose it could be, but I don't want to scare any burgeoning poets away.
This morning I was inspired by a contest to write some haiku. I haven't written much poetry in the past few years because it takes a lot out of me emotionally, but this was simple and without that commitment. Haiku is like the one night stand of poetry.
pauses to view robin nest
dive bombing ensues
night time insects cry
katy did, katy didn't
Feel free to comment with your own haiku or link to your webpage or blog :-)
3 hours ago