April is National Poetry Month. What a wonderful time to try your hand at writing a poem!

Haiku (high KOO) is a beautiful poem form that comes from Japan. It is usually about nature and can be spoken in one breath.

Syllables are important in a haiku, but, unlike poems you may be familiar with, a haiku does not rhyme.

National Poetry Month is a great time to try your hand at writing poetry. Learn how to write a haiku with this writing prompt.


The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven, and the third line has five again.

Here’s an example of a haiku from a famous master of haiku writing from the 1600s, Matsuo Basho:

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.


Here are three examples of Haiku written by students. Can you say any of them in one breath?

The trees, tall and round,
branches swaying in the wind.
Will they fly away?


Oh, little sparrow,
singing deeply from within,
how you please thy God.


The sun, a hot ball,
sinks into the cold ocean.
I look for the steam.

Now it’s your turn: Think of a snapshot of nature you’d like to capture and then write a haiku. Use the pattern of syllables: 5,7,5.

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