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Hello World, this is Bastet presenting another poetic form.
As you can see by our title, the form I’m presenting is called ‘The Hay(na)ku‘ and it’s a fairly recently created form (2003) by poet Eileen Tabios (born 1960) an award-winning Filipino-American poet and writer well known for her prose poetry. The Hay(na)ku has become pretty well-known in poetic circles (The name “hay(na)ku” was coined by Vince Gotera).
With a name like hay(na)ku, we know that we’re into micro-poetry and this is just about as micro as you can get! It’s a tercet with just 6 words – line one is one word, line two – two words and line three – three words. That’s it. There’s no syllable count or rhyming requirements etc.
However there are variations – for example a reverse hay(na)ku which has lines of three, two, and one word(s) for lines one, two, and three respectively or … if one so desires one can write a chained hay(na) ku for a longer poem and Ms. Tabios’ has created a variation, the “haybun,” which combines a single hay(na)ku tercet with prose.
Here’s my attempt at a hay(na)ku variation, with a shadorma ending:
a shadow moved
as the rain
at the window
looking at me
where he’d gone
wherever it was
keeps moving on
the clock ticks
in the mountains
the sun shines
t’was just a shadow
no, not him
nor his tears
just a trick of light and rain
on my window pane.
© G.s.k. ‘15
And now for some inspiration:
or if you prefer here’s a lovely piece of Celtic music:
But of course you may wish to inspire yourself with some of your own art work, so feel free to do so … once you’ve written your hay(na)ku or shadorma (3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable poem) or combination – please tag Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and B&P Shadorma&Beyond, then link up with our Mr. Linky app.
I hope you have a lovely week and have fun experimenting with the shadorma and hay(na)ku!