Poetry is something I delve into every now and again.

I am particularly drawn to poetry forms that have a specific format. I find the constraints help me in the creative process. I find all forms of syllabic poetry intriguing.

These include:

Haiku – with its traditional three lines made up of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. These are also great to write on Twitter. One of my favourite Twitter Haiku prompts is #HaikuChallenge. I also enjoy writing modern Haiku which, while usually three lines long, doesn’t adhere to the 17 syllable count.

Haibun – a mixture of prose and Haiku. Defined as – ‘A terse, relatively short prose poem in the haikai style, usually including both lightly humorous and more serious elements. A haibun usually ends with a haiku. Most haibun range from well under 100 words to 200 or 300.’

Etheree – usually a ten line poem. Line one is a single syllable, line two is two syllables, line three is three syllables and so on.

Cinquain – a five-line poem. The syllable count for each line follows this pattern 2/4/6/8/2. Another one that fits nicely onto Twitter.


“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

Robert Frost