Haiku

Haiku poetry is a style that originated in Japan. According to Wikipedia, it is typically characterized by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

In my attempts to write Haiku, I chose (in the main) to highlight personal elements…

 

Really

 

Your fantasy world

Clashes with reality

Like night with the sun.

 

Blind Lovers

 

Let’s cling together

In the night when blind lovers’

Hands become our sight.

 

Potty Cat

 

Legally, a cat

Can get high on nip; so why,

Smoking pot, can’t I?

 

Touch Me

 

I ache for your touch

As the dry, barren ground longs

For cool autumn rain.

 

I think my best Haiku is one that tried to incorporate all five senses:

 

Insincere Silence

 

The summer’s cities

Now stink of sweltering smog

That smothers small sounds.

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About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And to give my blog pages something lighter, I'm sharing some of my personal photographs, too.
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