D’s Poetry : Haiku 1 : My Haiku Journey

D’s Poetry is a living archive of all poetry penned by me, Divvya Nirula. Join me on this journey today as I explore my Haiku Journey.

Breached all of humanity.
Androids now don’t sleep”.

Divvya Nirula

My Haiku Journey

The first time I came across Haiku was in 7th grade. My English teacher, Mrs. Maria, from Vasant Valley school in New Delhi introduced the class to this beautiful form of poetry. Subsequently, she gave us a fun weekend project to discover, research and then create our own haiku.

Those were the days we found and referred to physical encyclopaedias by Britannica. Additionally, we accessed our local school and city libraries. So, bright and early one morning, I found myself at the British Library at Atul Grove road in Janpath, Connaught Place. Wandering through the poetry section, I chanced upon the Princeton Encyclopaedia of Poetry and Poetics. Here, I found what I needed. The book explained the history of haiku. I learned that, in fact, ‘haiku’ was an abbreviation of ‘haikai no ku‘ or ‘haikai‘ – which is a popular form of linked verse in Japan. Thereafter, I delved deep into the meaning of these words, and forms of poetic structure.

I subsequently referred to my trusty dictionary to further my understanding. The Oxford dictionary defines Haiku as, “a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.” This is the first time I found out what is syllable is! And how one counts syllables in English. It made me wonder whether the counting would be different in Japanese or even Hindi. My mind was excited. And of course, there was no turning back. It was the beginning of my Haiku journey.

You are invited along on this journey of discovery and writing. For more poetry and verse by Divvya Nirula, please visit the archive for D’s Poetry.