A Haiku Story Begins: Jewel 1-7

A lot of the things that have been keeping me occupied are finished and I feel the need for a challenge… and it happens to be National Haiku Month.

Starting today, I’m going to attempt an ongoing story through February, told in haiku. Here are the rules I am setting out. Feel free to share your own version!

  • Because February is a month known for romance, I’ll tell my own version of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Because I am me, it will be horrific romance.
  • Because I enjoy seeing how far I can flex within boundaries, I’ll stick with the American grade school syllable pattern of 5-7-5.

Read the complete Jewel haiku here.

Find out why haiku doesn’t have to stick with the American grade school syllable pattern of 5-7-5 hereThis is my NaHaiWriMo challenge.

I could fail. By the 20th I may decide this is a terrible idea and deny this was ever a thing. For now, here are the first seven days of Jewel, a story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette, told completely in haiku.

Jewel

February 1

Jewel arrives to see

her Romeo departing

with his new love, Death.

February 2

Jealous rage consumes

her future with youthful fire

burning bright on blade.

February 3

Knife in hand, she thrusts

eyes fixed on lost Romeo

and opens her heart.

February 4

She pours out her soul

in a heated rush of red—

ruining dress and life.

February 5

A jilted girl’s wrath

leaves little room for mercy—

all near must suffer.

February 6

Blessed dark consumes

her anger with dreamless sleep

and silence shrouds her.

February 7

There an end might be

for sweet Jewel and Romeo…

but for the hunchback.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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