Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets write about everyday things. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences. Usually they use simple words and grammar. The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn't rhyme. A Haiku must paint a mental image in the reader's mind. This is the challenge of Haiku - to put the poem's meaning and imagery in the reader's mind in ONLY 17 SYLLABLES over just three (3) lines of poetry!
Nancy Lee Shrader resides in Beckley, West Virginia with her husband of almost forty years. She has three children and three grandchildren. She is author of three books IS IT NOW? The End of Days! IS HE MESSIAH? Messianic Prophecies Revealed! and The Curse of Mayweather House and has recently signed contracts for The Haunting of Mayweather House, The Ghosts of Mayweather House, Mayweather House, The Evil's Revenge, Celestial Invasion and just recently for my first book of poetry, Haiku Smiles. Nancy Lee also writes for Amazon.com. To her credit, she has twenty-one Shorts to date on the Amazon website. She is a member of the West Virginia Writers' Union, Appalachian Writers' Guild and belongs to a Writers' group at the Raleigh County Library.