Nature & You: In celebration of Earth Day, write a haiku poem
Celebrate Earth Day by writing special poem
Are you up for a challenge? What about a poetry-writing assignment? You might consider it part of the festivities for the celebration of today’s special holiday, “Earth Day.”
There is a Japanese art form known as haiku poetry. First off, I must admit that I am no poet, and I’d venture to guess that neither are you. In my effort to entice you to embark on a poetry-writing gambit, I am going to take the liberty to somewhat loosen up the otherwise ritualized format of a strict Eastern Culture art form.
For our purposes, we’ll simply write a short poem of just three lines. The first line will be comprised of three words, the same will apply to the third line. The line of poetry in the middle will consist of five words. You are not being tasked to write complete sentences, but, instead, it will be a nonstructured collection of nouns and descriptive adjectives.
Let’s get started. To begin, I’ll have you select one page of today’s newspaper. Make an effort to pick a page with lots of words on it. Your task will be to select 11 words from the page.
Next, look out of your home’s window. What natural object captures your attention? The first line of your poem will be three words from the news page that best describe the subject of your poem. In order to craft the second line of poetry, you’ll need five “warm/fuzzy” words from the same page that describe how you “feel.” Close the poem with that third line of three words of your choosing.
I am going to hold your feet to the fire and insist that you confine yourself to words only found on that one sheet of newsprint that you selected. However, if you get in a bind and feel it necessary to go back and trade in some of your unused words for an equal number that are more functional, I am going to grant you a “get out of jail free” pass for that one. The most important part of this activity is that it be fun.
Here is hoping that you have a happy “Earth Day.”
— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor
Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.