Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, April 10th 2019, new beginnings

New Beginnings

Dear friends of MLMM,

Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … MLMM’s feature about haiku and haibun, two wonderful kinds of Japanese poetry. A while ago I decided to give you only a theme for this feature and maybe some rules to use. This week I love to challenge you to create a classical haiku or a classical haibun themed “New Beginnings”.

I can hear you say “classical haiku or haibun?”: Let me give you a the most important classical rules for haiku (and haibun):

  1. A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water;
  2. A seasonword (kigo), a word that points towards the season in which the haiku was written;
  3. A cuttingword (kireji), in western languages that means interpunction;
  4. It’s mostly a scene in nature;
  5. Mostly a Buddhistic background or spiritual meaning;
  6. First and Third line are interchangeable.

Ofcourse there are a lot more rules for classical haiku, but these are the most important.

Have fun!

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