Poetry can be simple, dramatic, hilarious and confusing. Just like our kids. Well, just like anyone. In recent weeks of exploring poetry with my girls, we have found that the few rules for creating Haikus make the exploration more FUN. Since one of the main rules of forming Haikus is counting syllables, we use percussion to add flair and rhythm to our syllabic counting.
The rules of Haiku building
1. Haikus DON”T rhyme
2. Haikus only have THREE lines
3. Each line has a specific number of syllables in it. 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the 2nd line, and 5 syllables in the 3rd line.
4. There is supposed to be a SURPRISE in a Haiku poem
My red balloon – whoops!
Up, up, up, smaller, smaller -
Erased by the sky.
Above is one from the Poetry Builders book on the right.
Drumming along with our Haikus will level the playing field for all kids regardless of their reading and writing abilities. Parents be prepared to be your childrens’ scribes. Help them out by writing down their lines so they don’t have to keep all three in their head at the same time.
Haiku poetry isn’t the only poetry that specifies syllables. The precursor of Haiku, is the Japanese Tanka (focusing reader’s attention on single event, image or emotion) dating back to the 1300’s. It has five lines instead of three whose syllable order goes: 5,7,5,7, and 7. The most recent syllabic poetry was codified in America in the early 1900’s by Adelaide Crapsey who called her creation a Cinquain (conveying brief thoughts or perceptions). Like a Tanka it has five lines but it’s syllable order is: 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2.
And it is Third Thursday Potluck Yum Yum. Starting around 5ish.
In honor of Haiku’s Origin – bring a Japanese dish or write a Haiku to accompany your dish, regardless of its ethnic origins.
Trader Joe’s humus
is better with Pita chips.
Esme bring them BACK!
Bonus: May 20th Los Angeles will experience an ANNULAR eclipse, rather rare as far as eclipses go.
Due to how far the Moon will be from our planet, it will be small enough to afford a Ring of Fire perception of the sun, as the entire moon will fit within the sun! This is awesome. In honor of this event, I will theatrically tell the Medieval Tale of LadyHawk. Volunteers are welcome. We will also learn about the proper way to view the eclipse. Don’t burn your eyes w/ eyeglasses.
In Los Angeles, the moon will begin to obscure the sun at 5:24 p.m. Sunday, and reach its maximum coverage at 6:38 p.m. The moon will exit the sun’s path at 7:42 p.m., just 10 minutes before sunset.