Did you know that April 18 is National Haiku Poetry Day? A haiku is a short, descriptive form of poetry, usually read in one breath. Haiku poetry traditionally discusses subjects from the natural world, including seasons, months, animals, and even the smallest elements of nature, down to a blade of grass or a drop of dew. Naturally, our favorite haikus are about structural engineering! In honor of National Haiku Poetry Day, below is a compilation of some of our favorite haikus from the web.

 

Modelling systems

Ceramics, Alloys, Plastics

Opportunity

G. Brimley

 

Designer, fixer,

dreamer, doer, creator.

Call me engineer.

Erin Mannas

 

A simple mixture:

Cement, water, aggregate.

The world’s foundation.

Rebecca Wasieleski

 

Be the engineer

that the world wants to notice.

Think. Design. Produce.

ASME

 

Want to make you own haiku in honor of National Haiku Poetry day? The rules are simple and there are only three lines, totaling 17 syllables.

  • The first line is 5 syllables.
  • The second line is 7 syllables.
  • The third line is 5 syllables like the first.
  • Punctuation and capitalization are up to the poet, and need not follow rigid rules used in structuring sentences.
  • A haiku does not have to rhyme, in fact usually it does not rhyme at all.
  • Some haiku can include the repetition of words or sounds

Post your haiku in the comments below!

 

More to come soon.

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