To be pedantic @woolfy, haikus have 17 moras, which are different from syllables.
BTW, other readers, @woolfy did actually write the first two haikus on this page and, indeed, takes worthy credit for actually coming up with the name of the site in the first place. I believe a barely audible and somewhat contemptuous round of applause is in order.
Well, I stand corrected. But your last haiku has 18 morae. And apparently it should address the natural world, contain a seasonal word, and a “cutting word”. So:
Winter comes again;
Amputated toes can’t freeze.
My silver-lined cloud.
I’ve been very literal with my definition of cutting word there…
Thank you for the creative credit as well. (I also came up with the tagline) I should confess to not actually being a diabetic… I do get my blood tested regularly though – almost every time I visit Tim!
Yes, I should have mentioned that Dave also came up with the wonderfully tasteless tagline. Sorry Dave – I’ve been living off your uncredited creative work on the blog for the last two years. What a bastard I am!
I belive the cutting word traditionally comes at the end of one of the lines… /pedant
Summer heat hypo …
Gives reason to eat ice cream
Or maybe sweeties
[where I have utilised the western version of the cutting word, and inserted an ellipsis as a break, as the original japanese verse writers intended the kireji to be. Not that I’m not busy or anything atm…]
@annette: This inspirational little geyser erupted last Friday at a restaurant – covering both sleeves & a slice of (goremet?) bread : the closest I’ll come to being a goremand, like you finger lickers
Actually the plural of haiku is haiku. And in Japanese, words have more syllables. The word Geisha for instance in English has two syllables, in Japanese, three. A Japanese haiku is thus much simpler, very spare, with very few words. An English haiku with about 12 syllables is more in the spirit of a Japanese haiku.
I haven’t written any haiku about diabetes! I find it hard to write about my own problems. But I’ve enjoyed reading.