Haiku – New, Old, Revised


Two wings paired together,
Fly to new fields, lush and green;
Not one wing alone.


Small World

From night into day
thoughts reach to embrace warmly
the nearness of you.



Strawberries dream deep,
‘Til kisses from snow melt tears
Wake from winter’s sleep.

(1st: 2005-04-02)
(revised: 2017-09-07)

I like writing haiku.  It’s fun and it’s good food for the brain (or at least it’s good food for any thoughts buzzing around the brain.  It’s a good writing style for capturing and dispatching of the particularly elusive thoughts.  For those interested, here is a brief description/definition of haiku (I borrow this from www.haiku-poetry.org):

What is haiku?

I borrow a brief explanation/description of haiku from www.haiku-poetry.org:

Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry often containing (in English) a total of 17 syllables shared between three lines that are arranged in a pattern of 5-7-5. The fist line consists of 5 syllables, the second line 7, and the last line contains another 5 syllables.

It is important to note that the original Japanese haiku was measured in sounds, or “breaths,” not English syllables. The 5-7-5 approach was a rough approximation. Many traditional Japanese and English-language literay haiku are much shorter than the 5-7-5 format of the West. That said, poetry is art and 5-7-5 is still very popular today. Some Japanese poets still embrace that framework.
What is Haiku? | Examples of Haiku Poetry

There are a number of other formal rules that I ignore.  Visit the www.haiku-poetry.org for to all the rules.  I don’t like rules, this is enough for me. 

A word of caution – writing a lot of haiku can tend to skew your idea of how other writing should look and feel.  For example, it is very difficult to write an appellate brief before on the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal using a haiku format, or even some expanded haiku style.  You just cannot simplify some things to the abstraction of haiku.  You can try .. but it will take a long time.  There was a period when I wrote many of these, and I was also writing briefs for courts.  I found myself trying to write at least the opening paragraphs in a flavor similar to haiku.  It was hard, I don’t recommend it.

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