Over the wintry forest
winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
Haiku poems must be 17 syllables in length. The first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7 syllables and the third is five. It does not have to rhyme. Punctuation is up to the poet. The following poem, written by Charlotte Puddifoot, won first prize in a haiku contest last year:
your golden trumpet fanfares
the dawning of spring.
A haiku which ends with a surprising twist is considered very effective:
Hang on pine branches
Torn leaves fall.
Here is my first attempt at a haiku, Strawberries, written for an online poetry course several summers ago:
Red, ripe and ready,
Waiting to be picked today
In a plastic bowl.
Now it's your turn to try your hand at a haiku. Although they are quite short, they are deceivingly difficult to write. Measure your words carefully. Every syllable counts!
Note: For more tips, read http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/rules-for-writing-haiku.html.