Night pressing/

the window. Our neighbour’s tree/

waits for light.

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Now, your turn. Capture a moment of creative presence:

  • Write a 3-7-3 haiku.
  • Use the thirteen syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled.
  • Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us.
  • Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion.

A good haiku conveys a mood, without showing a person or mentioning the mood.

Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning author-publisher, advocate for independent authors and other creative entrepreneurs and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).