Photo by Selmon Rafey
What we experience while commuting or simply moving around the city stays with us and we can express it through art. Poetry can help us understand a perception of a space, but also to create new realities, or even share some useful guidelines. Thus, what better way to express our experience of the streets or ideas to improve such experience than with a Haiku!
Haikus are a type of Japanese verse that is composed by three unrhymed lines. The first and third line have five syllables while the middle line has seven syllables. They are also usually accompanied by one or two images that describe the haikus content.
Let’s explore together new creative ways to advocate for our streets!
Help us celebrate the streets! To participate do one or more of the following:
- Write your own Transportation Haiku and share it! You can tell your own experience, foster street safety, or talk about diverse mobilities. We leave the Haiku content to you. Can’t wait to see what you all create.
- Look for existing haikus and share one that resonates with your experience of the streets. Don’t forget to mention/quote/tag the author, so they receive the credit for their work.
- Create one or two images to accompany your verse.
Want to know more about Haikus? Check this explanation from the poetry foundation.
Here there is an example of a street related Haiku:
Street lamp reflection
In a parking lot’s black ice—
Small steps, still I slip
- Calvin Olsen, 2018
You can find more at the author’s project TEN THOUSAND HAIKU
So you don’t speak English? Well, no problem, Haikus come in all languages! Let’s not forget they are originally in Japanese. See this example in Spanish:
Puerta del coche
Se abre al ciclista.
Un freno duro
- John Mose 2011
Finally, let your own creativity flow! Do NOT use this Haiku generator. However, it’s always good to have some sources of inspiration.