The Haiku is traditionally written in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern about nature. Modern haiku deviates from this rigid form by making its own way and picking any subject.

You are probably wondering why the focus is on haiku today even though it is not Friday. I have a wonderful reason! Today is the first day of  the WordPress Writing 201: Poetry class. The challenge for the day is to use water as a muse in a poem. If possible, fashion the poem into a traditional haiku  or tanka (5-7-5-7-7) containing a simile. A simile for those of you who might have forgotten, is a comparison of one thing to another.

Each of these components separately is relatively easy. To combine all three is the real challenge. Below is my attempt. As you visit and ponder my endeavor, please leave behind your thoughts, comments or your own version of the challenge.


oxygen molecules

water like vapor essence

essential for life



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