I was inspired recently by C.B. Wentworth‘s post on haikus, The Haiku Debate. Her article was quite interesting and I urge you all to go take a look. I liked how she talked about traditional form and non traditional. The 5-7-5 rules and how Japanese haiku was never written in three lines, but one long line. I figured that out from reading Liza Dalby‘s East Wind Melts the Ice (a personal favorite book of mine).
I actually really like haiku, though I don’t read much of it. It’s rather soothing, short and says a whole lot in a very little space. I’m very wordy, never get my point across quickly, and ramble. So this is like a breath of fresh air for me. So, haiku is this cute little package of poetry. You can jot it down on a small piece of paper and it doesn’t take up any room.
So I pulled out my Haikubes the other night and used them to come up with two wintery haikus. I just picked some keywords and added in what I thought fit for the time of year. Here is what I came up with
English: Flying geese over Marsh Farm Marsh Farm campsite http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1396185 has lots of fishing lakes to attract birds, these seem to live on the site full time apart from when they all take their evening flight. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grand icy traveling
Fire warms any heart
Flocks of lofty geese
Flying giant arrow vees
Wind over water
They might not be quite right, but I liked the thought. And it’s practice. I feel I should probably read Basho’s book on haiku, but I’ve not gotten around to reading it yet. I only have so much time for poetry and I have a lot of poets I follow now.
But I want to thank C.B. for her post because it was the inspirational kick I needed.
What do you all think? And do you write haiku?
Okay, my Haiku a Day has seriously taken a hit when it comes to writing or posting. So, in order to correct some of that… A plethora of haikus.
Pardon the lack of posts. I’ve been terribly uninspired by haiku.
Long winter grasses
Sorrowful whistling wind
Blows my mind away
Wood smoke rising high
Branches and leaves burn so hot
A warmth invades me
Winter rain on roof
tinkling softly at night
Thinking of springtime
Golden glow of lamp
Shines from my window at night
Dreaming of wishes
Rain dripping dropping
Thunderous water flows down
Floating in my thoughts
And clearly, my thoughts are on the rain that hasn’t stopped for three days. Three days of nonstop rain. I’ve had enough. I know, I could live in Seattle. But I’m not in Seattle. So, in a cramped house, with four people, the rain needs to stop. At least so I can get out and walk a bit.
Sweet summer roses
Spicy warm and full of life
Let me walk with you
The chill of the day, and the lack of feeling very chipper made me need something summery. Roses fit the bill. My rose, showcased in the picture, is Playboy. One of the sweetest smelling roses I know, without all that cloying annoying scents you can sometimes get. A nice old fashioned rose.
A Reflection On….
Any light between
Embraced timidly with love
Ah yes. Thank you Haikubes. I have no idea what I was getting at. It’s a relection on something, and the word reflection made me think of light. The rest of the words sort of just fit.
A wood of vetiver calm
Thinking of cedar
Okay, I was in my essential oils closet tonight, trying to come up with something for pain killer-ness. I sort of found it in the marjoram and vetiver, and the combo smelled like cedar. I know, really inspirational….
But, if you are one who loves essential oils, then you might get it. For this perfect combo, use two drops marjoram and one drop vetiver in 15 drops of jojoba oil. Massage…. or just smell because it is this perfect woodsy scent.
Timidly I walk
To water swimming inside
Wise are the fish
Again, I have no idea what I was getting at here. Sort of lyrical, without knowing why. Does one need to know the meaning in a haiku? Or can one just write something that suits their fancy?
A time for balance
All have parallel riches
Point me towards home
Don’t ask me what I was getting at here. I’m not even sure.
Bear with me, I’m making this up on the spot.
A winter moondance
Little whispers of silver
Floating on the trees
Okay, it’s not bad. I didn’t pull out the haikubes today, and I was not inspired at all to write, but, the moon is out, not full, but bright in the cold winter sky. I have a fascination with the moon, so this goes. I hope the last line steps to the side like Kaitlin, over on The Athlete Series, recommended I do. Well, I guess it will just take practice.
Well, I’m sort of tackling WordPress’s 365 posting…. A haiku a day. Bear with me as I attempt to learn the fine are of haikuing (yeah, I know that is probably not a word.)
Now, I’m a couple of days behinds, but I’ll make up for it by the end of the year. Or I’ll post a couple of haikus a day. Today you get two, so I will only be three behind. Please, please comment if you know something about haiku that I do not put into mine. I’m going off of guess work.
Oh, and all of this is coming from my Haikubes…..so please bear with me.
A Regret About My Romantic Life
My fantasy left
It went slowly through us
The touches are gone
A Vision For Our World
A gentle fortune
Shines after the last thunder
Leaves us melodic
Even I’m not terribly impressed. I guess right now it is more just getting the feeling out. I hope to be more eloquent as time goes by. I want to thank Jesse for his encouragement. I might not have attempted this had I not seen his blog.
After an unexpected belated Christmas gift from my parents, I was inspired to create a whole bunch of haikus today. Haikubes are these amazing dice you roll to create your own haikus. I posted about them over on Escaping the Inkwell in the post Writer’s Inspirational Tools, and now I have them! Yay.
Well, after spending some time with my sister this afternoon, we came up with these six haikus. For those of you who do not know, my sister has down syndrome, so sometimes, it always amazes me of her insight.
A reflection on my work life
Dilemma as grace
opens one for melodic
time in wet water
A desire for my work life
the hmmmm slips down a fast time
happy fire in limbs
A desire for my family
My home touches me
stay full of grand thunder
a sleep calls to grace
Now my sister’s haikus:
A regret on my romantic life (she has none, so this was just funny)
It calls her moonlight
clear dreaming into fathom
places with travel
A reflection on my future
In your shady flock
she sang for sleeping in peace
A reflection on our world
It’s your life my limbs
is my god watching me too
what a grand feeling
So, there you have it. Personally, I think my sister’s haikus are much more brilliant than mine. Insightful in ways. I think we will have fun playing around with these, and I know I will especially find use for them. I saw ways to open up my ideas to other things.
- New Blog: Haiku 365 (integrativethought.wordpress.com)
- What does a good Haiku have (wiki.answers.com)
- Haiku 365, 365 photos (therightmood.wordpress.com)