Can You Haiku too?

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Can You Haiku too?

April 23, 2013
posted by Brittney Snow

National Poetry month has been held every April since 1996, when it was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets. The 30-day celebration invites schools, libraries, booksellers, poets… and EVERYONE, to celebrate poetry and its impact on the American culture. 

This is another holiday that you and your family can celebrate together. Head outdoors with your little ones and help them create poems. Find a nice, comfy spot in the grass or a bench at the park and have everyone write about what they see, hear, feel and smell. You can also create personalized poems for your kids and/or spouse and slide them into their lunch bags as sweet surprises. Click here to see more ideas from Pinterest has some cool poetry activities too!

As we’ve brainstormed ideas about how to join in on the festivities, we’ve run across some great poems about wagons, including David Ronald Bruce Pekrul’s, “Little Red Wagon” and Michael Gladden’s, “My Little Shiny Red Wagon.” They inspired us to want to inspire you to get your creative juices flowing.

Beginning today, we’re inviting you to share your haiku about a Radio Flyer product to receive a chance to win your very own Build-A-Wagon! You simply have to create your haiku (instructions below), “like” our Facebook page (if you don’t already like it) and post it on our wall for everyone to enjoy. On April 30, we’ll choose the best haiku and announce the winner on our Facebook page. Happy writing!

Creating a Haiku

Haiku are short poems that use the senses to capture a feeling or image. They’re often inspired by nature, beauty or Radio Flyer toys! Haiku traditionally consist of 17 on, or syllables, divided into three phrases: 5, 7, and 5. Some simple steps to help you create awesome haiku:

  1. Choose a Haiku Subject – Was it the time you used your wagon to collect flowers or was it the trike you bought for your child’s 1st birthday? Choose one that fills you with emotion.
  2. Use Sensory Language – Did your hair blow in the wind? Did your son scream with joy? Help us feel like we were there too!
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice! – Turn everyone in the house into Wheeliam Shakespeares! Have the entire family help you create a bunch and choose the best one to share with other Radio Flyer fans.

Here are two examples:

Today a cowboy, (5 syllables)

tomorrow a pirate ship, (7 syllables)

riding, sailing, fun. (5 syllables)


Breezy sky in hair (5 syllables)

sidewalk cruise, full speed ahead (7 syllables)

sunshine on my smile (5 syllables)