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Heeding Haiku with Ha – A Haiku Moment – October 29, 2014

Hello, I’m here today to sit in for HA, who will be back with us next week.

Haiku is many things but a haiku moment is an instant in time.  For some haijin, the important thing to relate in that instant is insight, for others it’s a vision of nature and for other’s still an image or emotion.

There isn’t even much agreement as to exactly how a haiku should be written in English …  here I’m just speaking of length.  The onji (sounds) of the Japanese are not equivalent to our syllables … however when haiku was brought to America the importers made what might be considered a literal translation of onji and because a haiku has 17 onji, 17 syllables were considered the proper length for a haiku.

Recent experts now believe that the best way to write a haiku is to write three lines:  short – long – short and not to worry too much about syllables though the haiku must be as brief as possible – because basically, if we write syllables, we’re going to write a haiku that is approximately 1/3 longer than a Japanese haiku.  I personally started out writing haiku with the classic 5-7-5, it was good discipline, only later did I consider the freer short-long-short.

One thing that is certain is that haiku are elegant and concise.  When well written it can take your breath away.

Now, after I’ve written all this, where am I going?  I would like you to listen to this piece of music, then feel what that piece of music has to say to you, then write a haiku – in the “traditional” 5-7-5 syllable form or in the new short – long – short form remembering that in the latter form, we’re looking for brevity and precision .. a haiku moment.   (This link will take you to a haiku workshop.)

 

Here is an example that might help you from the haiku poet Jim Kacian:

swallow flight
looking out the window
long after

(c) Kacian (2006)

 

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Have a great week, Bastet.

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About Bastet

I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

25 comments on “Heeding Haiku with Ha – A Haiku Moment – October 29, 2014

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  2. julespaige
    October 29, 2014
    • Bastet
      October 29, 2014

      Sorry I forgot to put the Mr. Linky on the post … thanks for telling me 🙂 and I’m very sorry!

      • julespaige
        October 29, 2014

        No worries. The post itself allowed me to explore haiku outside of my comfort counting zone. 🙂

        But I have a hard time stopping at just one 😉

      • Bastet
        October 29, 2014

        Glad you liked exploring … and I also have quite a time at stopping with just one 😉

  3. hitandrun1964
    October 29, 2014

    Beautiful post.

    • Bastet
      October 29, 2014

      Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. J
    October 30, 2014

    Well-written post Georgia — !

    • Bastet
      October 30, 2014

      Thanks .. it ws actually exteporaneous .. after I posted it I edited it to put in the links 😉

      • J
        October 30, 2014

        Well, it works. Very informative. 🙂

      • Bastet
        October 30, 2014

        Thanks … you don’t know how much you know until you try to write about something. 🙂

      • J
        October 31, 2014

        Ain’t that the truth!
        Speaking of knowing … Pooter days I have out of date drivers. BSOD resolved? Hoping!

      • Bastet
        October 31, 2014

        Cool …

  7. Cheryl-Lynn Roberts
    October 31, 2014

    My third attempt to get this right (sigh) reading between calls is not always good. I just love this piece you chose and keep playing it..have subscribed to it too. River, violin, harp, mes tournesols…so much to write my dear!! lovely prompt, thank you and so good of you to give info so detailed on haiku:)

    • Bastet
      October 31, 2014

      Thanks Cheryl-Lynn … glad you found it interesting! BTW did you by chance send me a message on Skype? It said it was from Orlando Florida … but after refusing I got to thinking ….

      • Cheryl-Lynn Roberts
        October 31, 2014

        No I did not…hmmm…i was opening up a new account for class interviews (I have so many and always forget them so just open a new one) but I never sent you anything.

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        Hmm … I’m thinking someone read our message apropos Skype … no problem though if we should decide we’ll make first contact by e-mail … that’s for the snoop btw.

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  10. Eleni
    November 1, 2014

    This is an awesome piece of music Georgia, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Bastet
      November 1, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed it Eleni! 🙂

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