Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Mostly Haiku

"What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms."

Kobayashi Issa 

"Where flowers bloom so does

Lady Bird Johnson

"It was one of those March 
days when the sun shines hot
and the wind blows cold,
when it is summer in the light 
and winter in the shade."

Charles Dickens

"It is spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you
want -oh, you don't know quite  
what it is you don't want,
but it 
just fairly makes your heart
ache, you want it so!"

-Mark Twain 

What is haiku?

Michael Dylan Welch wrote -

"There's something poetic about a garden.
A japanese garden seems 
especially poetic."

is a poetry of nature
but it is also a poetry of 
human nature. 

It gives readers feelings 
and shows human 
existance amid nature.

On reading a good haiku, 
we are mentally and 
emotionally moved to experience 
what the poet experienced. 

"Haiku is a means of sense awareness,
of mindfulness, a poetic window to the
suchness of the full range of existance."

"Birds singing
in the dark
rainy dawn."

Jack Kerouac

"The taste
of rain
- Why kneal?"

"Warm winter evening-
the chairs asked."

Poems by Kaga no chiyo 

"In this lively place
the peony
most beautiful."

"The morning glory!
It has taken the well bucket,

I must seek elsewhere for water."

James W Hackett was quoted to say
"A Haiku,
is like a finger pointing at the 
moon, and if the finger is bejewleed, 
one no longer sees the moon."

Haiku is comprised of detail 
observed by the five senses.

The poet witnesses an event 
and uses words to distill that 
experience so others may
understand it in some way.

What did you notice 
about the subject?

What colours, textures, 
and contrasts
did you observe?

How did the subject sound?

What was the tone and 
volume of the event that 
took place?

Did it have a smell, 
or a taste?

How can you accurately 
describe the way it felt?

More haiku poetry 

Red Oak

red oak tassels gone
yellow pollen lingers, coats .....
spring storms stir ...

Sara Kendrick

Spider running ....
cat's pink tongue ....
nature's breakfast, sparkling
spring sun ....

Panagiota Romios

How wild the sea is,
and over Sado Island,
the River of Heaven

Morning and evening
Someone waits at Matsushima!
One-sided love.

On Buddha's birthday
a spotted fawn is born -
just like that

Behind Ise Shrine,
unseen, hidden by the fence,
Buddha enters nirvana