Haiku Aloud

Why Aloud?

In the Foreword 'The Ode Less Travelled' by Stephen Fry, the author offers guidelines which have resonated with me ever since I have read it and reread it. I have now made a habit of one of the rules which is:

Rule One - Slowly! (It's Like Eating Chocolate)

Savour every word and every line. Reading verse can be like eating chocolate - so much more pleasurable when you allow it slowly to melt inside of you, so much less rewarding when you snap off big chunks and bolt them whole, all but untasted. In our age, one of the glories of poetry is that it remains an art that demonstrates the virtues and pleasures of taking your time. You can never read a poem too slowly, but you can certainly read one too fast.

Read out loud. Among the pleasures of poetry is the sheer physical, sensual, textural, tactile pleasure of feeling the words on your lips, tongue, teeth and vocal chords.

Read this haiku slowly and out loud, that's where the magic is. Enjoy.

early morning moon

perfectly symmetrical

it rolls off the tongue

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Such simple words, so full of complexity...

To be from another planet, a planet without a moon, and suddenly to behold such a sight would be both frightening and awesomely inspiring...We should approach such phenomena with that virginity of thought...

Voted way up and beautiful...Go well, my friend, Larry


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

And you too, voted way up and beautiful. Stay well. Thanks Larry


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

The brevity of your words paints an intricate picture. I have written a haiku and its not as easy as it looks.


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks Gypsy Willow, I do appreciated your comments from a writer's point of view too. Russ


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sfrentz06 5 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

Voted up! Your imagery is wonderful!


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks Strentz. As is yours (take a look at her haiku hubs readers!) Russ

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