"Welcome October" is a very short form of poetry known as haiku (sounds like "hi-coo").
Haiku originated in the country of Japan.
Today, haiku is written in many different languages with most haiku poets living in English-speaking countries.
There are several styles of haiku.
The most common haiku style contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Traditionally, haiku poetry was written about nature. But all that has changed. Haiku written today can be about anything!
Can you think of a haiku poem to write? Challenge yourself and your family to see who can come up with the best haiku poem!
You could also start a family collection of haiku poems and read then aloud once per year at your very own family "haiku" party.
After you make up your first haiku poem, you'll be thinking about your second poem, third poem...THEN you'll be off to the haiku races!
Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, the weather should begin feeling a bit cooler now.
The leaves on the trees have begun to change from green to splendid shades of red, orange, and gold!
Soon, the branches on the trees will become bare, but still be just as beautiful. In many places, the season's first frost will take place. This frost will coat those bare branches in millions and millions of tiny, shimmering "frosted flakes."
Many orchards and farms around the country love entertaining their guests with special events...corn mazes, hay rides, "haunted" houses, u-pick apple orchards & pumpkin fields, as well as many other autumn-inspired happenings are cropping up right now.
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