National Haiku Poetry Day and the Winter Solstice

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National Haiku Poetry Day originally occurred every year on December 21, the Winter Solstice. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that traditionally celebrates the seasons. As Haiku has become more and more popular with poets across the globe, the subject of the poetry style has changed. Now, famous Haiku poems are written about everything from nature to urban living!

In 2012 the Haiku Foundation changed National Poetry Day to April 17. The change was made to coincide with the National Poetry Month, April and the number 17 represents the total number of syllables in haiku.

Haiku is a non-rhyming verse poem. It consists of 3 lines: the first and last line having 5 syllables, while the middle line consists of 7 syllables. We’ve included some famous Haiku poems for your National Haiku Poetry Day pleasure.

Leave your own Haiku poetry here in the comments.

Consider me
As one who loved poetry
And persimmons.

- Shiki

Winter seclusion -
Listening, that evening,
To the rain in the mountain.

- Issa

On this road
Where nobody else travels
autumn nightfall.

- Basho

Find inspiration for your own haiku poetry every day of the week in the 365 Words a Year Page-A-Day Calendar. Inside the calendar, there is a new word for every day of the week, waiting for you! You can also soak up the wisdom and enlightenment from our Zen Page-A-Day Calendar. 

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