Simplicity, observation, imagination. The time is right for haiku!
WHAT IS HAIKU?
A short form of poetry adapted from Japanese tradition
Often, but not always, based on observations of the natural world, explaining a small moment
Consisting of three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables. A syllable generally corresponds to a single vowel sound within a word.
Usually focusing on a particular detail, due to their brevity
Usually written in the present tense, about the present moment
Example: Whitecaps on the bay: A broken signboard banging In the April wind. - Richard Wright
WRITE! If you can, find a quiet place where you can sit and observe, uninterrupted. Focus on a tiny detail--a color, a texture, a movement. Explore a few different ways to explain or describe that detail -- in just 17 syllables. Your poem could be strictly literal or imaginatively figurative. Try different angles. Try to pique your reader's senses. (And interest!)