"This September Day" 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!
So much can be said about this day, yet are there any words that truly describe it?
To honor the heroes and those we lost, I encourage anyone to visit the 9/11 Memorial website.
For those of you too young to remember this tragic day in American history or for those not yet born, this website is a special place to learn a little more about what happened.
Note to Parents & Caregivers: Please keep that line of communication open between you and your youngster. Sometimes it can be difficult to discuss the sad things that happen in life.
Just remember, there are always rainbows after rainstorms...and you can point all those out too.
Don't be afraid to answer the tough questions life throws at you sometimes. While there isn't always a good explanation for certain things that happen, try your best. Your child will thank you for your openness and honesty.
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