Suiko Takahara

1. Please share a haiku you have written.

Suiko Takahara

Suiko Takahara

Mayhem in the clouds
war with rays of death abound
fight with zero sound.

2. Why did you pick this one?

It was a Twitaiku (twitter haiku). Sometimes I write haikus based on pictures. This one comes with a picture of sunrays gleaming behind the clouds, so I tried writing about how the rays are having a war with the clouds to get through them and to Earth.

Sounds deep, but nah. It’s just a picture of the sky.

3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?

As of 2nd December 2012, I’ve written 343 Twitaikus, so that makes it roughly 390 as of today (13 January 2013). I have screenshots of each Twitaiku, and I usually screenshots them every three months.

I try to write at least once daily, and when I get emotionally unstable (too happy, to excited, too angry, too hormonal), I tend to vomit more Twitaikus and flood my Twitter timeline.

I’ve not yet missed a day since 23rd March 2012. Ok maybe a day or two in the beginning. Nowadays the first thing I do after I wake up is go to Twitter and write a haiku.

4. Why do you write haiku? How did you get started?

Ever since my close friend told me his idea of writing a daily haiku, I told myself, Why not? so I did. He didn’t last long though. Aha.

In the beginning I abstained from checking Facebook by writing haikus but Facebook was tempting later. By that time, I had already developed the habit of writing haikus daily.

I was thinking of a way to check my daily haiku progress, so instead of writing by hand in a notebook where I can lie (to people and myself) about the date, I used Twitter (because it has the date and time).

5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga, senryu, haiga, tanka, etc.?

No.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?

Every time you want to check Facebook, or sleep in class, or procrastinate school assignments, write a haiku about it. I have a haiku that goes Wool wool wool wool wool / wool wool wool wool wool wool wool / wool wool wool wool wool because I just wanted to, also because I just woke up and didn’t bother thinking about anything else other than the word ‘wool’, and I have a substantial amount of haikus about hating waking up early and/or going to school. It doesn’t have to be deep. If you’re comfortable with that particular topic at that time, just write it.

It’s like rambling, but with style. 5-7-5 style. Yeeaah.

7. Where can people read your haiku?

My sad sad Twitter account @takaharasuiko. Oh and Suiko Takahara is my pseudonym; I prefer using it while on the interwebs.

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