Haiku: The Earth-Friendly Poetic Form

Is one form of poetry “greener“, that is more environmentally friendly than, another? Today I will assert that Haiku is environmentally friendly poetry. Why?

  • Well, for one-thing, this form is by its very essence economical: At 3 lines, 17 syllables, nothing is wasted.
  • Also, Haiku is rooted in nature. Each poem connects us to nature and human nature.
  • And finally, and most importantly, Haiku is poetry of awareness. It demands present-moment connection with self and the natural world. I believe that the more we operate from this perspective, on the page and off, the more likely we are to behave in Earth-friendly ways.

In honor of Earth Day, I invite you to try your hand at Haiku. Oh, and don’t worry overly much about the syllable count. Aim for a short poem, in which you show (rather than tell) of a moment when you really experienced the natural world and your connection to it. And in that last line, add a little twist or surprise.

Here’s a Haiku I wrote yesterday during a workshop with Jeannie Martin, who taught a Haiku workshop at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, Mass.

April 21, 2012 Haiku

Pink and white blossoms

puddle on the sidewalk,

springtime drought.

Wishing you all a poetic Earth Day!


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8 responses to “Haiku: The Earth-Friendly Poetic Form

  1. Much-needed rainfall
    Pollen-covered cars washed clean
    Thirsty new-growth drinks.

  2. Thank you Riva! I love that you were inspired to write and post your Earth Day Haiku.

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  5. joanne and jane

    On the Great Lawn
    offer a wafer for the half moon
    Jane says Let’s go

    with love,
    two J”s


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