This week’s prompt words are: Cover & Color
Like a warm blanket,
Azure skies are a backdrop,
To fluffy white clouds.
Four things to remember when writing haiku:
- You have three lines of poetry.
- 17 total syllables in the 5/7/5 pattern.
- You normally tell two opposite images in the poem.
- Lines one and two should read as a complete sentence and lines two and three should read as a complete sentence.
Notice the word normally. You can have the poem be about aspects of the same thing, but normally you look at it from two different ways.
I almost never think of the opposing themes when first writing the haiku. My initial thoughts are to fit the words into something that sounds decent and then I check my syllable use. If I’m somewhat happy with what popped out of my brain, I’ll knead the words until I’m satisfied enough to share the finished product.
Like a warm blanket, azure skies are a backdrop.
Azure skies are a backdrop to fluffy white clouds.
Although it was not consciously my intent, I think the contrast in colors of azure and white work well enough as an opposing image.