Haiku How-To - writercize #177 #AtoZChallenge

Haiku symbol, per lisamorlock.com
A haiku is a poem with Japanese roots that abides by a particular rhythm (at least as it has been translated into American English form). 

The (again, American English version) poem consists of one stanza with three lines. The first is five syllables, the second is seven, and the third is back to five. I have very distinct memories of haiku building in third and fourth grade.

A how-to is an instructive guide that tells you how to do ... something.

As I love to mix and match things here at writercize, I would like to challenge you to write a very short how-to in haiku.

writercize: Using the haiku format of three lines and a 5,7,5 syllable pattern, write instructions on how to accomplish the task of your choice.

It can be any sort of task, from cooking to cleaning to writing to car maintenance ... literally wherever your mind takes you! Fair warning, once you start, it can be addictive.

Leave your writercize as a comment, and please do include a link back to your blog so I can pay you a visit!

Click "read more" for writercizer sample response haiku how-to poems about: how to make a PB & J, how to tie shoelaces and how to write a haiku.
writercizer sample response:

Haiku How-To: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Two slices of bread.
Peanut butter, jelly too.
Spread thick. Smoosh. In mouth.

Haiku How-To: Tie Shoelaces

Cross laces. Under
Through. Pull. Two big loops.
Cross. Under. Through. Pull.

Haiku How-To: Write a Haiku

Count the syllables.
Five, seven, five on three lines.
Pick good topic. Write.


  1. In the more traditional versions of Haiku, it is also expected to have reference to a season. Some say that the three lines (an Americanized version) are to express when, where, and what of the topic. I have seen many takes on it, but I prefer the constraints of the traditional as it was shared with me.

    Here is my A-Z site for Haiku:

    I~ Iris .

  2. Here is one for nature.

    Why should we destroy
    something we cannot create
    just so we can toy

  3. Skillet running hot
    As strips of bacon slide down
    Scent of morning found.

    (Made the last line as counterpoint like in traditional haiku)

  4. Playing piano:

    Fingers on the keys
    Chopin's music comes alive
    darn accidentals

  5. You're right, these are addictive.


    Swing the driver back
    shift weight but don't swing too fast
    why'd the ball go there?

  6. Hi Alana! Interesting post. I used to like writing haiku when I was younger. Haven't written any in a long time. Liked the examples you shared.


  7. Haikus are so fun
    but sometimes they make no sense

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  8. I love poetry
    Especially a Haiku
    But I suck at them

    Teehee! I'm a new follower via the A to Z. It's nice to meet you, Alana!

  9. Technical Writing:

    Learn application
    Talk to the developers
    Then, make something up.

  10. Grab the broom handle
    run broom across the floor
    Sweep into dustpan

    Lol...well, that was fun and it used a few brain muscles that have been idle :-)

    Following form A to Z :-) http://dreamersloversandstarvoyagers.blogspot.com/


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