Little poem, big message!

This haiku was inspired from a photo that I took after a summer basketball workout at Pratt Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia, my hometown! I love this image because my goal to play college basketball was realized when I made the UMW women’s basketball team! The hard work that I put in during the off-season helped me greatly toward the achievement of this goal. I chose to compose a poem about this image when I came across the “Haiku It Up” assignment choice this week for ds106. The prompt specifically states:

For the writing assignment, take a random Dailyshoot photograph and create a haiku using that image. Let the image inspire you to create a poetic haiku. Don’t know what a haiku is? The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn’t rhyme.

This assignment is worth 3 points.

Anyone with a goal can relate to this haiku, which gives it universal meaning as well, but it’s specifically for my fellow basketball players!

I took some time to focus on the visual appeal of the image first; like how the sun’s bright rays light up the top of the basketball, the beauty of the clear blue summer day, and the goal’s position at the top of the photo. The next step was to choose the best sensory words possible, with the exact number of syllables required, to pull the image and poem together. An action verb like “shooting” pairs well with “goal”, which doubles in meaning as a basketball goal or any other goal a person may be striving toward, to show that work is necessary in the process. In the second line of my haiku, I aimed to expand on the work ethic, so I chose the words “sweat” and “day in, day out” to go with the feeling the photo gives of playing basketball on hot summer days. The final line of the haiku was the easiest to write because the focus of the image is the brightness of the sun’s rays and the adjective “bright” is readily used to describe a person’s possible future. I hope that you are willing to put in the hard work necessary to achieve your goals and a bright future! :)


Haiku it up… to the goal!


Shooting for a goal —

hard work, sweat, day in, day out,

see a bright future.