Recently while talking with some writer friends I commented that I wanted to do a book of my photography. Now I have done these before but the focus was on the poetry with the photos as an added bonus. But I wanted to do something a bit different this time.

If you have followed my photography blog you have seen that I have a lot of really fun and I hope good photos of nature. I tend to wander around looking for weeds, yes i said weeds. I find that when you focus on them you can get some amazing images, simply by zooming in close.

Over the four years since I moved to Canada I have taken thousands of photos, some amazing and a number of them trash. But of the ones that I think are amazing I wanted to make a book of them.

Though one thing I thought of is that just those images aren’t enough. I am not an Ansel Adams or anything but I am a poet and a photographer together. What I decided to do was to try my hand at haiku and other shorter forms of poetry. I am sure most of you know what I haiku is. You simply have a short poem that goes like this.

5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables

It is a classic Japanese form of poetry and can be amazing when done well. Now my problem is did i do it well? Here are three examples of what I cam up with. If they work I plan in place them inside the images in my photo book.

Come see me my love
Lie down in the field of flowers
Gently at my side

next one

Early morning soft
Light rising slowly once more
Heart lifted once again

and finally

Once more the sun sets
Slowly twilight gathers close
Rest lightly my child

Yup a bit of a theme here right? They were much more difficult to write than I thought they would be. See I mostly do free verse. Generally I will write 2 to 4 sets of four lines each to render my emotions in words. So this was like working on a drabble. Tight and more focused. But to have fun I decided to research as few other forms. They are:


Acrostic is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. Not as easy as you might think. Here is an example of what I wrote

Sweet warm light
Undulating softly through leaves
Mesmerizing me
Making my body relax
Exquisite warmth
Remember those days?

You can see that summer was the word but trying to not repeat yourself is not easy but i managed to do a few.

Cinquain is an odd five line poetry form. You basically follow this pattern

line one – one word (subject)
line two – two words (description)
line three – three words (action)
line four – four words (emotion)
line five – one word (synonym of the first word)

It is that last line that gets me. Here is what I came up with

Tears flow
Dripping down cheeks
Filled with aching loss

Not quite right is it? They are harder than you would think. To do this form you really need a synonym dictionary, which of course I don’t have!

Now I haven’t actually written any Tanka yet. According to the website i found during my research, Tanka is the grandmother of the Haiku. Instead of the 5-7-5 meter you have 5-7-5-7-7

So two more lines are needed. This will be something I will try and work on over the next few weeks between working on Escape, my new science fiction novel and finishing up the cover for Death Walks Through, collection one. Why not try these forms yourselves? When stuck on writing in one way it is always good to clear your mind another. Good luck.