Haiku About Moments
Matsuo Bashô said it best when he described the end result as a moment - “Aim for simplicity with elegance in expressing the haiku moment, the truth of the original noticing.”
This great Japanese poet invented the haiku as we know it - a tiny poem filled with a love of nature. He spent his life close to nature with an attitude of humility, selflessness and deep respect. He said, “Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. In doing so you must leave your preoccupation with yourself otherwise you impose yourself on the object and do not learn. Your poetry issues of its own accord when you and the object have become one - when you have plunged deep enough into the object to see something like a hidden glimmering there.
Guidelines for expressing the haiku moment:
- Haiku poems consist of 5, 7, 5 syllables in three lines.
- The cutting divides the haiku in two parts with a certain imaginative distance between the two sections. Line one and two should be different images. Line three brings the two images together.
- A haiku often contains a kigo, a season word which indicates in which season the haiku is set. For example cherry blossoms indicate spring, snow winter etc. The season word isn’t always that obvious.
- Try to write a haiku only about what actually happens to you.
- Write when you have been deeply moved.
- Keep it honest, simple, clear and modest.
- Try not to explain, it should need no explanation.
- Try not to express feelings in words, let the concrete action speak for itself.
Some Of My Moments
Like all poetry, these should be read slowly and 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. 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. This will also allow the meaning to emerge at its own pace. Just as the reading of each poem takes time, so a relationship with the whole art of poetry itself takes time.
interacting with nature
getting there quickly
sunshine and showers
a monkey’s wedding
ponies have the right of way
walking in the road
in the new forest
his mind is now calm
yellow orange marigolds
he has walked through peace
wishing tears would come
it would do me good to cry
immersed in cultural past
turban on my head
petals silky white
you flower in my morning
sunshine in my night
storm clouds pressing down
colours push against the grey
the first drop appears
watching the sunset
with you at my side so warm
this is paradise
what is due to you
it’s not rain that makes us wet
falling from the leaves
kept in line by rumble strips
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