Sunday, April 12, 2015

BW15: Haiku for you



One of the most important traditional forms of Japanese poetry is the Haiku.  I fell in love with Haiku when my son and I read Grass Sandals: The Travels of Basho while doing Five in a Row.  So much fun to read and even more to write.  Although I'm not a poet, still find joy in putting together Haiku's which lead to exploring other forms.   Haiku seems simple enough.  Three lines of poetry with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables in the third line. They don't have to rhyme but traditionally should have a seasonal word to indicate the season. It doesn't necessarily have to be autumn, winter, spring or fall but a word that represents the season.  

Basho


Temple bells die out.
The fragrant blossoms remain.
A perfect evening!

or 

Masaoka Shiki

Night; and once again,
the while I wait for you, cold wind
turns into rain.
 



Check out Haiku for People which lists all the old masters plus samples of their poems.

My challenge to you this week is to write haiku.  Here's mine:



Morning glory blooms
Harkening Spring's coming soon
Purple majesty


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History of the Medieval World - Chapter 18 Orthodoxy (pp 120 - 124) 

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3 comments:

  1. I love the perfect evening haiku. Thanks for posting it.

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  2. I too love haiku. Totally incapable of composing it myself, but can see the beauty in it. Also, CS Lewis who you featured last month is a big love of mine, think I will be rereading The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe etc

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  3. Pleasant springtime sun,
    Excellent novel to read,
    Glass of wine - perfect.

    The excellent novel is 'The boy that never was' by new Irish author Karen Perry. A great, original storyline which I really enjoyed.

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