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Haiku Moments: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday


Life, with all its busyness and chaos, often rushes past us. But within this constant motion lies a world teeming with moments of beauty, reflection, and contemplation. Haiku, the art of capturing fleeting moments with just a few words, can help us pause, notice, and cherish these "ku" moments in our daily lives. A recent conversation among Haiku Seed Poets in our Facebook group prompted me to explore further the meaning of a moment in haiku. In this blog post, we'll explore how to find inspiration in everyday activities and observe our surroundings to craft haiku that encapsulate the essence of those astounding moments that are sometimes quiet and other times erupting with a noisy call.

1. Wake Up to Your Senses

Begin your haiku journey by awakening your senses. The world is a symphony of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures waiting to be explored. Whether it's the aroma of your morning coffee, the gentle rustling of leaves, or the feel of a cool breeze on your skin, pay attention to the sensory details that surround you.


Calm pool of water

reflecting deep change above

contemplations rise


2. Slow Down and Observe

Haiku thrives on the art of observation. Slow down your pace, both mentally and physically, and take the time to truly observe your environment. Notice the subtle changes in light, the dance of shadows, or the way raindrops bead on a windowpane. These observations become the building blocks of your haiku.


From my vantage point

rain welcomes me back again

fire burns while pie bakes


3. Capture the Essence

A successful haiku distills a moment to its very essence. Instead of describing everything you see or feel, focus on one specific detail that captures the heart of the moment. This could be a single image, a fleeting emotion, or an unexpected juxtaposition.

Ducks behind thick reeds

swim, happily secluded

footpaths cross nearby

4. Find Inspiration in Routine

Daily activities offer a wealth of inspiration. Whether you're washing dishes, commuting to work, or tending to your garden, these routine moments can hold surprising beauty when viewed with a haiku lens. Seek out the extraordinary within the ordinary.

A bowl of fruit grants

new ways to engage color

lunch will have to wait


5. Embrace Seasons and Nature

The changing seasons and the natural world are classic haiku subjects. Observe how nature transforms throughout the year, and use these changes as prompts for your haiku. The seasons offer a rich tapestry of inspiration, from cherry blossoms in spring to the crunch of autumn leaves.

A sunset casts shapes

cut in precise silhouettes

neighbors drive real slow


Incorporating haiku into your daily routine can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. By nurturing your ability to notice and capture these "ku" moments of perceptive engagement, you'll not only enhance your appreciation for the world but also create a beautiful tapestry of moments in your haiku. So, open your senses, slow down, and let the magic of haiku infuse your everyday life. Happy haiku writing! 🌸


Note: all haiku above are my own, as are the photos taken from my daily life!

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Diane Parkin
Diane Parkin
08 nov 2023

I love this and I think I will begin writing my own haiku!

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