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
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?