Haiku-Do: The Way of Haiku: Bamboo Poems of Life.

Kiku: The Way to Hear Haiku.

In Japanese 'kiku' means to listen.
In Japanese 'kiku' means to listen.

More Haiku by Pearldiver.

Haiku-Do: The Way of Haiku: Bamboo Poems About Life; by Pearldiver. This unique haiku collection illustrates the sensual power of haiku when a haiku verse has the ability to serve more than a singular vision of an event or moment in time. In Japanese 'do' means; the way of. This is another chapter in the works of an author exploring the boundaries of maximum poetic expression to be gained from an outwardly simple haiku verse. If you Listen to haiku; you will experience the mood of its creation, the hope that it conveys and its future.

The titles of each section here are also highlighted by the beauty of Shodo brushstrokes; the Art of Japanese Calligraphy. Many of these Shodo images are very popular with western tattoo clinics; given the ever increasing worldwide interest in the subtle power and beauty of Shodo hieroglyphics. As with Haiku; a picture tells so much more.

Haiku-do is a visual feast for anyone who appreciates the positive pictures that are conjured up when the reader takes the time to honor each haiku by reading the verse out loud, line for line, while focusing on the scene that is unfolding beyond the words. One integral part of gauging the quality of haiku is achieved by measuring the level of vision, each respective line creates; along with how well each successive line has improved, or enhanced that vision, as a result of having built on the previous. Please enjoy Haiku-Do: The Way of Haiku: Bamboo Poetry.


Shodo; As With Haiku Was Studied by the Samurai and Aristocrats Alike.

Two Samurai writing haiku in sumi ink on rice paper.
Two Samurai writing haiku in sumi ink on rice paper.

Shodo: Way of Calligraphy.

Japanese Calligraphy is called Shodo. It has always been an art form and as with other art forms, taught by a Sensei or Master. Shodo skills were developed from years of intense study and focus, with each style having particular relevance to the art. Shodo was as important to the Samurai as martial art (Budo) training was.

Over the years this wonderful art form has been passed on from Master to Students, with many brush stokes being exactly as they were 400 years ago. The conventional way of Shodo is that of using a variety of brushes, that are married to sumi ink and rice paper; which is backed on card and framed. Within each section of this work, is an illustration of Japanese calligraphy, each making a powerful statement that like Haiku; brings a subject to life.

The Sensei passed each student a rice paper scroll - In shodo a single word - Kiku.

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Blindness is No Obstacle... To Any Soul Knowing... Where Home Is.
Blindness is No Obstacle... To Any Soul Knowing... Where Home Is.

Listen: In Calligraphy.

Kiku: To Listen.

Distant thunder

An uninvited visitor arrives

Quietly silence departs


=+=


I wonder why

Large ears only listen

To; worthless gossip


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Each night

Lizards on the walls

Listening for morning


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Listen; beating wings

Blue butterflies searching

For deep hidden nectar


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Women always say

Listen to your heart

My heart will guide yours


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Listen to the wind

Nature flows over and past

People standing still


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Old men and sake

They remember the past

Listen to that time


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Long crystal icicles

Capture the sound of drips

Plop; plop; the sun says


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Shizen: Nature: In Calligraphy.

Growing: A natural expectation.

Shizen: Nature.

How lucky this life

Tiny sounds of nature

Build huge lasting memories


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Sitting beside a pond

Dragonflies dry their wings

A world within mine


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Stop; take in the view

It has changed again

Since you last stopped


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Nowhere else

Does this thing called nature

Bloom and grow like this


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Ever hopeful weather

It is the nature of man

To always seeks perfection


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Bright stars tonight

Glimpses of nature’s power

Moths; on my lantern


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Wild winds; angry seas

Cliffs shudder in this storm

Giving ground to erode


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My father told me

It is a natural expectation

To grow like a weed


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Sonkei: Respect: In Calligraphy.

Sonkei: Respect.

The sensei bows

His students bow lower

To samurai; all bow low


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Respect is not tradable

It is a heartfelt honesty

That does not lie


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Always respect your dreams

As if each were a dry leaf

In a playful breeze


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Successful ventures

Like bridges; will not fail

With capstones of respect


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Fishermen cast nets

To catch only those fish

Not respecting the mesh


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Today; few strangers see

The first step of friendship

Is mutual respect


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Yuki: Courage: In Calligraphy.

Courage and Denial
Courage and Denial | Source

Yuki: Courage.


This snail fears no distance

Onward; determined hungry goal

Driven; from afar to my lettuce


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Courageous frog holds on tight

To the neck of a hungry heron

Trying to swallow him


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Kingfisher on a reed

Cannot find more than the tail

A brown lizard wriggling homeward


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It takes great courage

To raise your mind to higher plains

Above faith; sadness or despair



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I have seen courage

Within raging battles of war

And within peaceful decisions made


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Courage can be found

In lustful stolen moments

Or in the boldness of silence


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Monsoon rains cry out

Do you have enough courage

To walk home with me?


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Golden carp waiting

It takes great skill to dance

Across still waters


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Courage in battle

Is borne of nature's need

To love the strongest


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A child's courage

Can inspire the world

In every heartbeat


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Ai: Love: Written In Calligraphy.

Love masks so many emotions.

Ai: Love.

They told her that

His love had left painfully

Right heart; wrong arrow


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There are times

When all the world’s love

Is not enough


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The sound of rain falling

Hypnotic beat that I love

Dreaming tonight


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To find the perfect frog

You have to kiss

Many average princes


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There is a special look

Known to passionate lovers

And stunned flying fish


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We fall about like drunks

Unable to speak clearly

The fragrance of her smile


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I will always find... My Love in a crowd... She is magnetic.
I will always find... My Love in a crowd... She is magnetic.

Take: Bamboo: In Calligraphy.

Please let me grow like bamboo.

Take: Bamboo.

Gentle summer breeze

Carrying a groaning rustle

Bamboo sparring with bamboo


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I ponder what cannot be

Made from bamboo

To a craftsman; nothing


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Such pleasurable views

Bamboo silhouetted against the moon

My lover in the moonlight


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Stagnant pond

Bamboo water buckets pour

Only moving water


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I asked the bamboo

Where does your journey end?

Beyond that cloud; he replied


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My love is

Like bamboo; growing each day

Swaying freely; deeply rooted

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Sticky Blue Feet... Green Leaf Sandles... An Ever Present Wild Friend.
Sticky Blue Feet... Green Leaf Sandles... An Ever Present Wild Friend.

Secrets of the Samurai.

Some More Works by Pearldiver.

Kiku: The way of haiku, as spring brings the beauty of a solitary orchid, in a world exploding into color. Thank you for reading this collection of haiku verse by Pearldiver.
Kiku: The way of haiku, as spring brings the beauty of a solitary orchid, in a world exploding into color. Thank you for reading this collection of haiku verse by Pearldiver.

Tomorrows Sunrise #1

Tomorrows sunrise... Time moves at great haste... Across silent seas
Tomorrows sunrise... Time moves at great haste... Across silent seas | Source

Please Note:

Please Note: All haiku verses within Haiku-Do: The Way of Haiku; are unique and original content; written by the author, Pearldiver. As such, these haiku are subject to copyright and may not be copied or republished without the author’s express approval. That approval will not be unreasonably withheld from any party approaching the author directly, for such consent. All shodo calligraphy within has been supplied for the purpose of illustration by japancalligraphy.  Thanks for reading these haiku; I hope you have enjoyed them. 

Tomorrows Sunrise #2

Tomorrows sunrise... Brings an end to this day... New hope rising
Tomorrows sunrise... Brings an end to this day... New hope rising | Source

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Comments 68 comments

Shalini Kagal profile image

Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Pearldiver - your Haiku verses are tinged with the divine! Thank you!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Shalini, Thanks for that and for taking the time to read these haiku. You are too kind.. take care.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Beautiful words as always PD, you have a great way with poetry.

I especially like...

"I wonder why

Large ears only listen

To; worthless gossip"


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Marie, thanks for reading this collection of haiku and your kind comments. Yep, that was written with a particular situation in mind and I'm sure in that context that it fits a great deal of the world's busybodies. Take care.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very nice. Great way to start the morning. Thanks


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi aleksander, thanks for that. I hope it gives you a positive start to your day. All the best, take care.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Rob...Lovely snapshots of passing life and its residue on our being...I enjoyed reading them aloud this morning as a hugh monsoon moves through our valley....Sound and fury as background for these haiku...Thanks for the share...Larry


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Good Morning Sir Larry, nature will always get the last word won't it. You must be able to get some great pics there at times like that Larry. Thanks for reading this haiku; it is different heard isn't it? Hope your day is warm and dry mate.. You take care my friend.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

How refreshing to read haiku wich really is haiku! You do it well, PD!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello Nellieanna, Thank you for reading this collection and for your kind comments. I have also noticed that many have tried to change the fundamentals of haiku. Why I don't know, but generally those who have done this, have not done it well.. perhaps because they missed the very heart and meaning of haiku. Ultimately though; they serve to highlight the works of those who 'do' understand haiku's purpose and beauty. Take care.


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SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

those are so nice... this one stood out for me

"The sound of rain falling

Hypnotic beat that I love

Dreaming tonight"

Thank you!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi SomewayOuttaHere, thank you for that.. I was thinking about the first time I 'heard' the rain.. I was lucky as we had a tin roof. I'm pleased you enjoyed this haiku.. you take care.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Oh, this is awesome. Everyone a story on its own. I've picked a few for my album. This is one of my favorites -

Always respect your dreams

As if each were a dry leaf

In a playful breeze


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello Martie, thanks for reading this haiku collection. I'm glad that you enjoyed the verses. As these haiku are original and authentic works by the author.. if you are going to retain a copy of these works; then I would appreciate it if you list 'Pearldiver' after each haiku; so that future readers identify the author. Thanks for that.. enjoy and take care.


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Peace2009 6 years ago from New Zealand

Great way of writing pearldiver - it makes one see pictures in their minds


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello Peace, thanks for that.. this is my haiku.. my way. I believe that good haiku should always conjure up a visual scene and if I have achieved this then I have achieved the result in my writing that I wanted to. Thanks for reading and enjoying this haiku collection. Take care.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Of course! I know too well the importance of this matter. Once again, congratulations. Haiku is not an easy genre, and you have mastered it.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

BTW, I meant to say how beautiful this hub looks, the pics are just amazing. Well Done PD!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Martie, thanks very much for that consideration. I am a novice at haiku. Hahaha wouldn't it be terrible if in 100 years; someone claimed that my haiku, written by a kiwi; was actually written by the Japanese Master Issa. lol. Thanks again Martie.. take care.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Marie, Thank you for that compliment; Of course haiku is always easier to write when a scene is before you. Cheers, take care.


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Thank for nice and good enjoyable haiku. :)


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Freya, Thank you for reading this haiku collection. I'm glad that you enjoyed them. Cheers for your kind comment.. Take care.


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Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

Pearldiver,

I enjoyed these poems thoroughly. My favorite verses were:

"Courage can be found

In lustful stolen moments

Or in the boldness of silence"

This particular poem defeats anxiety. The future is unknown, and so life can be scary. At the same time, it’s all very exciting. It takes a strong relationship to be comfortable with silence.

You've successfully incubated emotion. And that, my friend, is sublimity.

Thank you for sharing,

Dan


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time to read this work and for your kind comments. Yep I also like that one; I wrote it for a particular situation. Take care.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Your imagination and words have absolute no limits, and they keep on charming me. I love the pictures as well. Just awesome!


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi equealla, thanks for calling by and your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this work. Ah my imagination... yes it has made me imagine that I could write haiku and poetry quite well.. But then I'm also told that Walter Mitty had a great imagination! As for my words.. well I only tend to use the ones that I 'feel' inside... but that could also be my imagination convincing me that my heart can talk.. hahaha. Take Care.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What a fantastic collection of Haiku. Both my daughters love writing and studied Japan in their foreign cultures and language school, they have written a treasured collection of Haiku which has inspired them to write more and more.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Katie, thanks for taking the time to read these haiku verses. I'm glad that you have enjoyed them. I'm sure your daughters would have really enjoyed studying Japan as it is a country in which change seems to have always been forced upon its people many times throughout its history. I guess that is why the art of haiku has during those times, provided a stable sense of normality in their lives. Haiku is indeed a special genre. I am very happy that my haiku are read alongside the masters of Japan as a result of the net. Be well and Take Care.


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

I loved them all but especially this one:

Courage can be found

In lustful stolen moments

Or in the boldness of silence.

Very powerful,Pearldiver. Very Zen.


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Steele Fields, thanks for reading these haiku and your comment. Lustful stolen moments.. ummm.. I remember the boldness... lol. Take Care.


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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

Truly enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing. I have a collection of haikus I wrote several years ago. I may just have to share them as well!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Erthfrend, Thanks for reading these haiku. I'm glad that you enjoyed this work. Yes do publish the haiku that you have written.. not only will you be sharing your haikus, it will also give you an excellent indication of how well you write. Look forward to reading them. Take Care.


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Arlecchino 5 years ago from Top of the Cloud

Enjoyed these haiku! Thank you for sharing!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Arlecchino, Thank you for taking the time to read these haiku. Glad you enjoyed them. Take Care.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Haiku! Bless you!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Micky Dee!!! Hahahahahaha! Nice One mate!


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

really dug these. "There are times when all of the world's love is not enough." My favorite one. During times of great war and famine, even the love of the whole earth does not stop the carnage.


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hello DT, thanks for reading these haiku and your comment. I don't believe I'm familiar with that haiku verse. Thanks for calling by.. take care.


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ROMANCER OF LIFE 5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Love this selection of Haiku written. Very well written hubpage. I love your work!

Thank you,

Romancer


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Romancer, thank you for taking the time to read the haiku of this work and your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoy my haiku.. I enjoyed writing them and clearly many here enjoy this awesome part of Japanese art and culture.

You Take Care and cheers again.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Pearldiver, I have just become your latest fan, and glad to be one. Your poetry made me stop, and breath slowly, drinking in the beauty of the words with complete enthrallment. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for writing, and thank you for sharing your gift here.

Take care!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi prairieprincess, thank you for reading this haiku work and for your comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed my haiku as I enjoyed writing it. Cheers for your kind support and for joining my fan pool. Take care and be well.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Thank you,Pearldiver. Beautifully written. I share your love of haiku and will be watching for more.


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi cat on a soapbox, thank you for reading this collection of Haiku, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I look forward to reading your work also. Take Care.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello PearlDiver ~ Gotta give you credit for an incredible collection of Haiku and poetry. A skilled artist at verse and poetry. I found you from the Questions area about anxiety. You've done an incredible job on Hubpages. Congratulations. Debby


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Debby, thank you for taking the time to read this collection of Haiku. Glad that you enjoyed them. Your compliments are too much, as the works that I have done here are just words from the heart. Cheers for your kindness, you take care.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

"just words" makes all the difference in a life, don't they? Blessings this day.


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Thank you Debby - Too Kind.. take care.


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haikutwinkle 5 years ago

Love the way you put in some humor with both words and pictures.

Liked this verse:

"Listen to the wind

Nature flows over and past

People standing still"

Inspired me to write this one:

"Listen to the rhythm

Innovation shifts upwards and beyond

Tradition staying same"

Fantastic hub ;)


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Haikutwinkle, thanks or taking the time to read this collection and for your great comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this haiku.. take care.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I fell in love with Haiku in highschool. It was always my understanding that true Haiku poetry was supposed to be on nature and that the verses have 5, 7, 5 syllabuls.

You write beautifully.


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

This is a totally beautiful presentation of Haiku in forms of nature and man-nature. Haiku has been taken to new locations, I think, don't you, lambservant? And why not? The first rule of writing and of poetry is that there are no rules! I think the 5-7-5 syllables are pretty closely adhered to, no matter what the subject, which keeps the title Haiku justified. It's a neat form!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Love the frog on the lily pad, priceless.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i agree with Lamb. That picture was great!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi lambservant, Barbsbitsnpieces and PDX.. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this work. I appreciate your support and apologize for the time it has taken to replay.. I wasn't advised by HP that you had left a comment. Take care.. and Cheers.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

ya, that happens to me sometimes on hub pages too. it can be a little wonky!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

So beautiful! I have enjoyed this relaxing moment of reading. There is so much meaning in simple words. For instance, when I read:

I asked the bamboo

Where does your journey end?

Beyond that cloud; he replied

I suddenly realized that there are no boundaries to what we can accomplish in this life.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi MarleneB, thank you for your positive comments and for having taken the time to read this work. Glad you liked these haiku and yes, simple words as with all things, have a beauty which can lead any unsuspecting soul into places they have never been previously. Cheers, you take care.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I am enjoying your fine article and especially the frog photo! Thanks, will share on facebook.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi starstream, thank you for taking the time to read and comment so positively on this collection of haiku. .. I appreciate your compliment and the share... cheers... take care


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Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

1:08am Friday July 13, 2012

Dear Pearldiver,

Thank for your wonderful writing.

Vivian


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Vivian, thank you so much, I'm glad that you like my writing as it is a skill that I have developed without any lessons... I enjoy writing and really do appreciate that people enjoy what I write... so you are most welcome... cheers take care... I hope that my haiku has helped inspire your writing... PD


afro-cerealist 4 years ago

Can you hear my "thanks"?


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Yes of course... I was blessed with good ears, fast lips and the ability to appreciate others! "Thanks" for asking and reading my haiku.. take care.


rosiered 21 months ago

How do I acquire a copy of the green frog on the lily pad?


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swalia 9 months ago

Lovely poetry!


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Pearldiver 9 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi rosiered, hahaha he is the celebrity star of many local ponds, enjoying a life of leisure after the kids had left home.


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Pearldiver 9 months ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi swalia, thank you for your compliment. Glad you enjoyed this collection of haiku... take care

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