How To Write Abbreviated Haiku
This form is, you guessed it, based on the traditional haiku. The abbreviated haiku follows the 3-5-3 syllable structure as opposed to the classic 5-7-5. This form takes the already short form and shrinks it even further. Eleven syllables is not a lot to work with, but if you like small forms or challenges then this one is for you.
Rules of the Abbreviated Haiku
- It is a poem of 3 lines
- It has 3 syllables in the first and third lines.
- It has 5 syllables in the second line.
- There is no set meter or rhyme scheme
Advantages of the Form
If you write a lot of poetry, you will know that one of the most crucial aspects to writing good poetry is an economy of words. Using just the right word in just the right place to say just the right thing. It’s difficult to practice that, or perfect it, but the abbreviated haiku is the perfect place for you to get your reps in.
Challenges of the Form
Most of the advantages double as challenges with this strict form. Eleven syllables is not a lot to work with, and it can be difficult to fit everything you want to say into that tiny tercet. Fitting everything into this tiny package will push your vocabulary skills and your imagination. But that’s for the best! So why not give it a try?
Abbreviated Haiku Writing Prompts
The haiku is one of the most coveted forms of poetry in the world. Famous haiku date back centuries, and cover a wide range of topics in nature. For this prompt, we are using some of the most popular topics in haiku history. Consider it an “abbreviated” history lesson
Prompt 1 – Frog Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about a frog
She grows up
When she ceases to
Pick up frogs
Prompt 2 – Cat Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about a cat
There’s an intruder?
No, my cat
Prompt 3 – Flora Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about flora
with you is living—
Prompt 4 – Fauna Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about fauna.
Small mouse! The harsh eye
of an owl
Prompt 5 – Moon Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about the moon
‘Look the moon!’
My daughter finds her
Prompt 6 – Friendship Haiku
Write an abbreviated haiku about friendship
of a nine-rap-knock—
Prompt 7 – Snow Haiku
Write about snow
When he left
The snow covered up