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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:
looking out the window
(c) Kacian (2006)
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Have a great week, Bastet.