World Poetry Day - Haiku Competition

21 March, 2021 (All day) to 29 April, 2021 (All day)

To celebrate World Poetry Day 2021 (Sunday 21st March) – we are asking Western Trust Staff to write and send us in a short Haiku Poem. We will award spot prizes for the Top 5 Haiku Poems.

Send us your Haiku poem via email to:

Closing date for submissions is: Thursday 29th of April 2021

All submitted Haiku Poems will be featured on the TWIST West Website.


What is a Haiku Poem?

A haiku is traditionally a Japanese poem consisting of three short lines that do not rhyme. The origins of haiku poems can be traced back as far as the 9th century.

A haiku is considered to be more than a type of poem; it is a way of looking at the physical world and seeing something deeper, like the very nature of existence. It should leave the reader with a strong feeling or impression.

A haiku focuses on one brief moment in time, employs provocative, colourful imagery, and provides a sudden moment of illumination.


Examples of Haiku Poems

Morning Sun is here,

I bask in the rays that warm

My soul, for today.

Shauna Healy


In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus -
A lovely sunset.

Matsuo Basho


How to Write a Haiku Poem?

A haiku is a short three-line poem that usually follows a 5-7-5 syllable structure. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and is often inspired by nature, a moment of beauty, or a poignant experience. Haikus are meant to be read in one breath for resonance and impact. We’ll show you how to write a beautiful, pleasant-sounding poem in the quick steps below.

Wiki How provides a step by step guide on how to write a Haiku Poem here:


Or just let the writing flow and ensure you have:

  • 3 lines
  • 1st line = 5 syllables
  • 2nd line = 7 syllables
  • 3rd line = 5 syllables
  • And try to capture a moment in time