I wasn't much into the conceptual rigidity of the art form but was intrigued by it's structure; which I saw as an interesting challenge. "Haiku, Japanese verse form, notable for its compression and suggestiveness. It consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables." (Encarta)
When I decided it was time for me to give a crack at this, I found motivation in the very first (unfortunate) news story of the time, the tragic death of Phil Hartman; which inspired the following haiku:
The need for explanation
May he rest in peace
Having accomplished my goal of writing my first haiku (haiku structured) poem, I quickly came up with four more:
Are there feelings deep inside?
Hold on to your dreams
Whisper's in the wind
And yet, there's nothing spoken
Words are only words
Yesterday is gone
Today is almost over
Tomorrow, I will!
Ringing in my ears
A soul in need of rescue
Free this troubled soul
Until next time, May God Bless You All!