Friday, April 5, 2013

I Haiku – Do You?

Haiku – a three line poem consisting of 17 syllables, 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the last line. This simple Japanese art form was first created in seventeenth century by a humble teacher named Basho. The purest form of this ancient poetry creates a snap-shot of nature. 
Like delicate flowers,
     Haiku appears simple – mundane.
Truth is its nectar. 
Daisies wilt and fade.
    Poetry preserves the mind,
Time in its blooming.
To get a real feel for excellent Haiku read some Basho, but remember in English the Japanese doesn’t always have the 5,7,5 syllable translation.  

Master Basho Haiku

old dark sleepy pool…
    quick unexpected frog
Goes plop! Watersplash! 

Now try it yourself and slip one in your pocket You never know when you might need a poem to share.

Baldauf Haiku 

Chrysanthemums paint
       a color pallet for spring.
Brushstrokes for the eyes.

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