Monday, October 13, 2008

I Spy with my Little Eye... Haikus!

I really really like poetry. I like Japanese stuff, too. So, when I rediscovered haikus, I was thrilled! Ecstatic, happy, joyful, glowing!

This is the dictionary definition of haiku; an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively ; also : a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference.

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Previously called hokku, it was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century. Shiki suggested haiku as an abbreviation of the phrase "haikai no ku" meaning a verse of haikai, although the phrase predates Shiki by almost two centuries, when it was used to mean any verse of haikai. A hokku was the opening verse of the collaborative linked verse form, renku (haikai no renga). In Japanese, hokku and haiku are traditionally printed in one vertical line. In English, haiku are usually written in three lines to equate to the three metrical phrases of a haiku in Japanese, which consist of five, seven, and five on (Japanese sound units equivalent to syllables). Since the Japanese language does not distinguish between singular and plural in nouns, the word 'haiku' usually remains unchanged in its English plural form. Senryƫ is a similar poetry form that emphasizes irony, satire, humor, and human foibles instead of seasons, and may or may not contain a kigo (words or phrases that are associated with a particular season) or a kireji (the term for a special category of words used in certain types of Japanese traditional poetry).

And here are some of the haikus that I've written. (I'm not sure if these are very good, but I like them!)


Rain

Thunder and lightning
Together they dance and make
Rain to quench Earth’s thirst

The inspiration for this one was that it had been raining for, like, a week, and I was seriously trying to think of something nice. Normally I don't like thunder, but... I liked the thought of the dancing. It gives dancing in the rain a whole new meaning!


Write

Words flow together
Giving writers spirit wings
To escape reality

My brother recently began to write stories, so I think that this was inspired by that. I'm very proud of him. His story is actually very funny.


Anger

Hot, sharp, red and black
Grey, powerful, consuming
Dangerous unchecked

I don't know where this one came from! I guess I was just ticked off.


Sorrow

We always fought for right
But also fought each other
My only regret

It was a good trap
Though lost in the explosion
You are terribly missed

My final regret
That I never told you this
I wish you were here

I was bored, and feeling dramatic. Besides, I seem to really like writing about tragedy and devastation.


Sunrise

Black clouds mar the sky
Otherwise perfect, the sun
Rises in glory

I was in the car, and it was sunset. I was going to make it about sunset, but I ended up changing my mind.


Moon

Pure white and perfect
The moon hangs, smiling, up high
Until morning comes

Once again, I was in the car, but the sun had set, and the moon was up and I saw it and... you know what happened next.


Snow

Snow falling smoothly
Creates a pristine new world
Perfect and untouched

This one came from the moon haiku. I was going to describe the moon as snow white and perfect, but then I got the idea for this and... let's just say that I like diversity, and it was a good day for haikus!


Ninja

A ninja is sly
And one with the night
Silent and unseen

Do you know where I got this? If you don't... you either didn't read the ninja post, or you don't remember doing so.


Well, that about wraps it up! See you next time!

This post dedicated to
my brother David
who has always been there (seriously, sometimes I wish he'd just leave me alone)
but I still love him! ^-^
The creators of the Teen Titans the Cartoon
for the creativeness used to create every single episode!
And to my wonderous creation, Ayr
simply for living in my head and in several different stories!
Don't worry, Ayr, I'm sure I'll come up with something original for you!
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1 comment:

lotusloq said...

Holy Cow! (see, I can use the conventional when I want to.) I'm amazed at your Haikuage. Very nice stuff there! The history of the Haiku was very interesting too.