Saturday, May 17, 2014

Haiku

rosary broadcast
3 am
gratitude

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half past three
morning coffee--
yowza!

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old-school rhymes
Wendy Cope
much love

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September days
still
summer

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brambles
i blunder
down the path

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Roman collar
gray hair glasses
gift of gab

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October breeze
cold stones
grow colder

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asphalt
scampering
black squirrel

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goatee's hair
made pale--
sun or age?

3 comments:

  1. Ooh, I like these glimpses! The asphalt and black squirrel especially stand out to me--two gray-scale things, but so different in essence.

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  2. I've been a bit hesitant to try haiku, because I figure my western mind probably doesn't really understand the philosophy behind it. (Admittedly, I haven't really tried beyond the most basic explanations.) How important do you think understanding the philosophy behind a form is? Is it okay to be inspired by it all, even if one doesn't really "get" it?

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    1. I'm still trying to get it myself! All I know is that the haiku is the foe of superfluity. I've enjoyed the examples I've read in Jack Kerouac's Book of Haikus (though he's not usually a favourite of mine), and the fine poems in Modern Haiku Magazine (google!!!).

      To me, the philosophy behind a form is best learned by practicing the form itself, by risking howlers and gaffes and pratfalls in the hope of capturing something memorable!

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