A couple years ago, I promised you guys I would post a character haiku at least every week. Well, my writing schedule got tight, and my blog suffered for it. Haikus are very few words, but they are not easy to create. At least not for me. 🙂 My goal was to embody the soul of a character through this beautiful poetry form and today I’m going to give it another go. Except, I’ll try to post one every month. I have a lot of characters to introduce so there will be many haikus coming your way.
Today’s Haiku is about Blaze. If you’ve read the Dragon Queen Series, then you’ve already met her. Blaze is an earthly bound battle angel, Andausian, and a member of special ops team in the military. Her real name is Ukemi Hyori. She was born in Korea and raised in Japan. Like many of the guardians ordained to protect the Dragon Queen, she had to suffer death and loss to come closer to her faith and her destiny.
Battle angels born in human form are gifted with a special ability, sometimes more than one. Blaze has the ability to manipulate and brandish fire as a weapon. And not just any fire. The Flames of Heaven. She’s a lovable sweetheart, but she’s deadly when crossed.
Her cousin, Tajaé, who happens to be a black panther shifter, was introduced in the Dragon Queen novelette, Shifting Darkness.
Hopefully, I’ll have a drawing of her to share with you soon. 😉 Now, onto the good stuff.
Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. It’s like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself.
Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Haikus are usually based on nature, or the scenery around you, but this Haiku is using a character as the focal point.
I posted this one some years back, and since it describes this character so well, I’d like to post it again.
Character Haiku ~ Blaze from the Dragon Queen Series
A blaze awakens
Heat cascades through her body
Flames engulf the night