japan cherry blossoms mother child - smallI stare into the mirror

to see if I am equal

fog on glass

japan cherry blossoms mother childHaiku (俳句  the ancient poetic tradition in Japan consisting of very (very) short tone poems.  Typically characterized by three qualities:

  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on or “syllables” in three phases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively. (In the case of this slam we do not have to become slaves to the number seventeen, but let us say just very very few words, and perhaps let us respect the three phrases of lines for presenting our image.)
  • The essence of haiku is the concept of “cutting” (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kieeji (“cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • A kigo or seasonal reference is often part of the puzzle

Haiku as a lens for looking at the world – http://wp.me/psKUY-2Mv

wild horse running in sightless fog
ice cracking


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