Something New: Hump Day Haikus

Last week, late at night, I penned a quick haiku that I posted to my blog. I’ve never been one for writing poetry and thought it was a one time deal…

That is, until I found myself writing out another haiku the next day. I played with words–added, took away, flipped around–until I had created something I was satisfied with.

I realized that I like the challenge that haiku writing brings to the table. 5-7-5. Seventeen syllables, three lines, five in the first and third, seven in the second–precise, ordered, intact. The challenge of telling a story in seventeen syllables is so intriguing to me; it’s so simple, yet so complex.


One of the goals of this blog is for me to push myself as a writer, to think more creatively as a writer; I’m realizing that haikus are one way for me to do that. So, with this in mind, I am introducing Hump Day Haikus as a regular feature to It’s a Britta Bottle! I can’t promise they will be good or inspiring or beautiful, but they will be me. Wholly and entirely me. One of my blogger friends, Lia, told me a few weeks ago that inspiration can be found everywhere. I truly believe that, and I hope to truly embrace that philosophy with these haikus.

Of course, you’ll still find my other posts about life and random musings and such. I’ll still be posting journal entries occasionally. I would like to move to a regular posting schedule one of these days. Ideally, a Monday, Wednesday, Friday dealy. However, that’s easier said than done while I’m still in college. For now, just expect Hump Day Haikus on Wednesday as a given. Maybe a posting schedule will come in time, maybe it wont.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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6 Replies to “Something New: Hump Day Haikus”

  1. I love the idea of “hump day haikus”. I can relate to being drawn to the challenge. I wrote my first “poem” EVER last Monday. It was haiku. I accidentally signed up for Writing 201:Poetry when I signed up for Blogging 201. I had no intention of doing the poetry one, but when the first assignment showed up in my inbox and I saw I only had to write 3 lines, I thought, “I can do this”. It was much harder than I thought, but the challenge was fun. It was like doing a puzzle. I’m at day 8 now, and the challenges keep getting more and more difficult, and more and more fun. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be blogging poetry. I’m no poet. Heck, I don’t even consider myself a writer. I look forward to your weekly haikus, and I hope you have fun with them.

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    1. A month ago I would not have believed that I would be starting a poetry posting series now. I never use to write poetry either. I think being exposed to tons of poetry on WordPress along with the fact that one of my classes is very heavily poetry based write now, has made me think differently about it, though. I’m finding that something I used to never think I could do is turning out to be rather fun.
      I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to them and I’m eager to see how you progress in your poetry! For being such a newbie, you’ve written some great stuff so far. 🙂

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  2. Like you, I can only do haikus. I didn’t sign up for the Writing class because for the life of me, I can never see myself writing all those exaggerated phrases and words, it is just not me. I do enjoy reading the assignments though, at least, I’m learning all those poetry terms. So, I’ll just stick with my Haiku Fridays weekly photo challenge. 🙂

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    1. Well, I’m sure I could write other poetry if I tried…other forms of poetry just seem too forced to me, when I do write them, though. I love reading poetry on WordPress! I never to use to like reading poetry until I started reading all these poems in the blogosphere. It’s definitely starting to grow on me. 🙂

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