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Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes

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“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes holiday lights deer

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes … holiday lights deer

Good things come in threes
Three turtle doves, glowing deer
Magic triangles…

From sun, moon, and sky
Eyes lift up … eternity
Three Magi bear gifts

Three is a divine and lucky number. If you believe in the blessings and meaning of threes, then you probably consider it a magical number that holds enormous power and yet brings harmony and good fortune to all. When I think of Three, the Holy Trinity and the triangular shape of the Ancient Egyptian pyramids come to mind.

It is significant in another way; it reminds us of the three stages of life; birth, growth and death. There is something about three that creates a sense of the balancing of energies. Whether we consider the seat of power in government, or the Holy Trinity, the vibration of the number three is considered one of spiritual balance.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes Shamrock

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes … Shamrock

Irish love for Threes
A lucky three leaf Shamrock
Precious gifts unfold…

Balance found in threes
From power seat to clover
Harmony secured

A fellow blogger friend shared that Three is the magic number for Ireland and that it  is reflected in the Shamrock. The Irish and many others believe in the sacredness and good that comes in threes. In a previous post; The Power Of Threes, I had shared how three is considered a powerful and sacred number in numerology. If we look at the US Federal Government, it is made up of three important branches: the legislative, executive and judicial arms. Each branch plays a critical role in maintaining peace, balance and harmony. We can imagine the balance of heaven and earth; the sky above, life forms in the middle, and the earth that sustains us. What comes to mind when you think of threes?

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes house deer

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku In Threes house deer

Sweet deer in the snow
Bring harmony to our home
Calm in our backyard

Snow, spring, add summer
In studied silence, deer roam
For good things to eat….

There is als0 a biblical foundation for the power of threes; thinking back to the scriptures, we remember that Christ rose on the third day of his death, that his ministry lasted 3 years and he died at age 33, Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the stomach of the giant fish that swallowed him, and I come back the Holy Trinity of God the father, the son and the spirit. From the numerology texts I read, three is also the number of balance, perfection, and unity. What do you know about the number three?

PS. Plural of Haiku is Haiku without the “s”

This post was inspired by Daily Prompt:  Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes Your challenge, should you choose to accept it.  You can choose to write a post inspired by a response to the “Threes” photo challenge, or you can write your post based on three photos you supply. Not sure how to get started? Here are some ideas to give your muse a friendly nudge: Write three Haiku, one to represent each photograph in the set of photos you choose.

Positive Motivation Tip:  Three is a divine and lucky number. If you believe in the blessings of threes, hold on for more to come.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos : Deer and holiday deer from my Personal Collection, and the  shamrock/clover via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

55 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    04/03/2014 1:19 pm

    This comment is short
    It is only three lines long
    It will have to do

    (an original haiku by Scott) 😉

  2. 04/03/2014 1:25 pm

    Nice. You really rose to the challenge. I liked your 3 poems.

  3. 04/03/2014 1:36 pm

    Great haikus! I’ve tried and tried to write them, but mine never make sense!

  4. 04/03/2014 1:58 pm

    It’s so crazy that you write about this because I watched a documentary on the number 3 a few days ago and it blew my mind. There is so much significance and history to it in every single religion! Loved the haikus as well. 🙂

  5. JadeLouise Designs (@JadeLDesigns) permalink
    04/03/2014 2:41 pm

    I’m horrible at Haikus. you did great. I love Scott’s haikus! lol.

  6. 04/03/2014 3:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing these haikus! I am no good at writing them, myself.

  7. 04/03/2014 3:48 pm

    Your sets of three are beautiful. I really like the close ups of the deer.

  8. 04/03/2014 4:53 pm

    Awesome haiku feel free to join in our haiku monday challenges any time you are brilliant.

  9. 04/03/2014 5:10 pm

    My most recent experience with “threes” has been in home decor. Apparently it is recommended that you keep things in sets of 3 for it to be visually appealing.

    Great haiku (without the s!)

  10. 04/03/2014 5:10 pm

    Really lovely post!

  11. 04/03/2014 6:01 pm

    I love your haikus on three especially the first one that one really made me smile 🙂 x

  12. 04/03/2014 6:11 pm

    I love this! I have a tattoo of three stars on my back. I never knew the significance of threes before. Glad I now know.

  13. 04/03/2014 7:16 pm

    What a great post! Something to love gives me something to do and something to hope for.

  14. Michele Butcher permalink
    04/03/2014 7:25 pm

    Great post. I was not aware of the number three being Ireland’s “number”. We learn something new everyday!

  15. toughcookiemommy permalink
    04/03/2014 7:27 pm

    I really enjoy your Haiku and it motivates me to write more poetry.

  16. 04/03/2014 7:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love reading about different writing challenges.

  17. 04/03/2014 7:51 pm

    Every time I think of things happening in threes, I think back to an office I worked in for many years. Every time one woman would get pregnant, two more quickly followed. It was all good until one year when it got to three then six then nine which took the entire office out on maternity leave at the same time – our supervisor was so stressed that year. Luckily she loved babies! So yes good things do come in threes. I saw deer in the snow for the first time about a week ago. I wish I could have gotten a picture because it was so beautiful and it was very calming.

    • 05/03/2014 7:25 am

      TY Jennifer! I had a good laugh at that story… Nine pregnant moms on AWOL! Hope you are settling into your new home… 🙂

  18. Nicole Manaloto permalink
    04/03/2014 8:01 pm

    Those are great Haiku, I am thinking of doing it but I think I will be having hard time making one.

  19. 04/03/2014 9:03 pm

    I wish I could write more like that. Love the glowing deer 🙂

  20. 04/03/2014 10:17 pm

    I had no idea there was such a history tied to the number with traditions and whatnot! It’s my favorite number but I’m not sure why!

  21. 04/03/2014 10:49 pm

    Pretty!! I knew that about the power of three it’s so cool!

  22. 04/03/2014 11:28 pm

    I love the Three leaf clover perfect for Saint patty’s day. I think you shared some great info

  23. 05/03/2014 2:21 am

    Good things come in threes, but so do bad things. It’s all part of karma 🙂

  24. 05/03/2014 2:50 am

    Your writing is so creative 🙂 Now i know the power of THREE

  25. Caroline permalink
    05/03/2014 3:11 am

    Good piece Liz – you always provoke thought! (And I love your photos….)

  26. 05/03/2014 4:25 am


  27. 05/03/2014 8:00 am

    That’s interesting that the three clovers on the Shamrock represent good luck in Ireland, when here in the US we have almost all frantically searched for a four-leaf clover (for good luck) at some point in our childhood. It was fun doing that search too. 🙂

  28. prettyopinionated permalink
    05/03/2014 9:56 am

    Love your Haiku (without the S, I never knew that!)! My favorite is the Irish one!

  29. 05/03/2014 10:48 am

    Lovely Haiku and thank you for sharing. It is so interesting to read other’s Haiku. I like the Irish too.

  30. 05/03/2014 11:10 am

    You have deer in your garden – wonderful!

  31. 05/03/2014 12:03 pm

    Love your haiku and accompanying photos. I’ve always heard that ‘good things come in threes.’ I’ve always loved the numbers 3, 7 and 11 for their ‘lucky’ significance.

  32. 05/03/2014 5:04 pm

    I didn’t know any of this about the number 3! I love attaching special meaning to numbers.

  33. 05/03/2014 9:05 pm

    I never knew about the lucky number 3 till i read your post! Great Haiku’s, although it’s not my forte!

  34. Anne Newsome permalink
    06/03/2014 6:23 pm

    I guess this sounds kind of morbid but the first thing that came to my mind is my husband always says when someone famous dies that “stars always die in threes.” And it never fails to happen that way! Then I thought of the Trinity, too, which you mentioned …. it does seem to be an important number!

  35. 06/03/2014 11:15 pm

    Number 3 is special. The Haiku about the number 3 is very inspiring.

  36. 07/03/2014 10:16 am

    Love the Confucius quote. Really made me think.


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