I’m sharing more of my stuff this year – another personal aim. Continuing my fun with the haiku form of three lines and restricted syllable pattern of 5-7-5*, here are some haiku I wrote this week, recalling a work trip to London.

I think I would need at least 200 haiku to make a book of them. So far I have around 30.

Writing haiku is a great exercise in brevity and exactitude. Strictly each poem should include a seasonal word, but I haven’t followed that rule for this set.  I’m sure purists would blanch, but it’s all good practice.

London Haiku Sef Churchill






It’s part of the DIY-MFA ideal that students read a poem a day, and I must say when I was reading haiku every day it seemed to make my whole life much better. It’s such an accessible form of poetry, and because the rules are well-defined*, anyone can write it.

There is even a National Haiku Writing Month!

*Regarding the well-known form of syllable 5-7-5 over three lines, there are purer definitions than this. However for an amateur poet like me, 5-7-5 is a great start.

Let me know what you think! Do you write haiku, or some other form of poetry? Share some with me!