Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy Haikusday! - by Resident Literati, Mical Lewis

Teapot by Li You Ren
Calling all poets! Introducing Haikeusday at J-Tea…Bring a tea-themed haiku to the teahouse and get $1 off hot or iced tea by the cup on Tuesdays. We will also post your literary offerings on our Facebook Page.

A haiku is a Japanese poetic form that dates back to the 1600s and has a complex history and detailed technical aspects, but for our purposes this is what you need to know:

Haikus consist of 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively and usually contain a juxtaposition of two images. Here are some examples:

the first cold shower
even the monkey seems to want
a little coat of straw
          – Basho (1644-1694) 

Haikus are short and
sometimes don't make any sense:
refridgerator
Anon.

They can be serious or funny and they don't have to be masterpieces, but they absolutely must be related to tea. Bring us your Haikus next Haikusday (April 24) and join the fun!

2 comments:

janet said...

you've posted
my favorite
haiku
refrigerator

J-Tea said...

That's awesome Janet! I am glad it was your favorite haiku! I've been inspired to work on tea haikus