About Haiku Poetry: Moving Ki Tavo Poem

Moving Lights
Moving Lights
Spider wort Flower
Spider wort Flower
Torah
Torah

Moving ahead each

glorious vision and dream

points out our purpose

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We are where are mind

takes us either near or far

from humanity

* * *

Making things happen

only through our small efforts

granted by G-d's hand

* * *

“Today, today” roars

live life in the present then

success will be yours

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November 30, 2008

Debby Bruck Poet, student of kabbalah, & homeopath

copyright 11/2008

Getting Meaning from a Haiku

The haiku poems above illustrate a subject-based "Thematic Haiku." The subject is the weekly Torah portion. Normally haiku are three lines, derived from the formalized lengthy poetry of nobility.

The Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read from Deuteronomy - the story of the Exodus. After the maturation process of wandering forty years in the desert G-d and Moses ask the Jewish people to abide by the commandments. The generation who left Egypt under G-d's protection witnessed daily miracles, but future generations would no longer see obvious miracles before their eyes. Instead, miracles would be hidden, and the people would have to recognize them within the cloak of nature's laws.

In contemporary times, we question how G-d would permit the atrocities that befall people and nations; still we must continue our mission of fulfilling commandments. The main theme of this portion is to "choose life" and live it now with compassion and all the positive qualities within our souls.

 

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Types of Haiku Poems

Learning About Haiku

Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry based on the Zen Buddhist Philosophy of simplicity which uses just a few words to complete the thought and may have originated in the 17th century. Traditional haiku elicits the idea of 'hidden beauty' and 'hidden miracles' within nature that has been observed and scribed by the eye of the beholder. Descriptive images come alive and often sound melancholic. Many liberties are taken in today's poets. Instead of creating a somber tone, you may often find cultural jokes, wordplay and upbeat subject matter.

One prominent author is David Bader. You can read some of his hilarious verses about Jewish themes and ideas brings tears to your eyes.

The Evolution of Haiku: Hokku, means "starting verse." Hokku starts with the opening verse and extends into longer verse called "haika". Since "haika" were reserved for the elite as a ritual art form, poets would simply begin a short verse of lines, without extending into the full form. The term "haiku" was adopted in the 1890s to describe this three line shortened form of poetry.

The Rules: The Japanese must follow the strict form of syllables and themes; however, when haiku are written in English there is more flexibility. English poets usually hold to the theme, tenor, rhythm, but may vary the number of syllables to complete the phrase on occasion.

Creating a Haiku: Each haiku follows the pattern of three consecutive sentences, of five, seven, and five syllables.

Cutting: In this type of Haiku there is a major theme tied or related to the rest of the poem. This is indicated with punctuations such as, an ellipsis, long dash or colon.

Red hot pizza pie --

steaming scents from the oven

with mushrooms and spice

Seasonal Haiku: When the theme is based around a seasonal word it is called a "kigo." and signals the the particular season. Natural symbols or elements indicate the season, such as, green plants for spring, the sun for summer, and ice for winter. These are universal elements that you might find in dream analysis.

Green asparagus

shoots gingerly out of the

rain soaked white sand

Subject Haiku: Based upon everyday themes, such as children or an event, they tell a story like a bard, or set the stage as in a play.

Giggly laughter streams

into the air as the young

children play near swings


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One of my very first Hubpages on this community network shared a few three line haiku poems and a bit about the origin of this form of poetry.

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM loves to write about health, healing, social networking and share her thoughts on life. Debby founded Homeopathy World Community, a social network of professional homeopaths enlightening the world to the healing powers of energy medicines and hosts numerous radio shows and live stream video show. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing.. Follow Debby on Twitter

I hope you hear the rhythm of my haiku poems. 27 comments

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thank you--they're beautiful


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Debby Bruck 6 years ago Author

Hello Juneaukid - thanks for popping in. I've been away from my haiku for a while now since the Homeopathy World Community website started. I've got to get back to this form of poetry, which I also consider meditation. love, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

enjoy this very much. Thansk for sharing. I enjoy the Haiku very much. i think it's sad that it gets mocked and ridiculed sometimes but it's a legit form and forces you to choose your words california


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear PDX ~ what do you mean it gets mocked and ridiculed? This art form is beloved the world over, with many famous poets authoring books filled with these beauties? One of my favorite types of poetry is haiku. Hugs, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

well, i'm mainly referring to "serious elitist" poets, those in my college writing classes. LOL.

I love haiku, I just think a lot of people here in the US don't take it seriously, which is sad.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Sorry to hear that news. Are you taking classes for a degree program? How many people from US and from other countries?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I'm an English major with a creative writing emphasis. We actually had a professor spend two days worth of classes just on haiku because he was tired of "elitist poets" who thought haiku was unsophisticated and childish. I fell in love with the form then!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I will recommend this hub to all fellow hubbers who want to compose Haiku.

You are philosophical without loosing the beauty of poetry.

I loved these lines very much.

We are where are mind

takes us either near or far

from humanity


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Vinaya ~ Many glorious thanksgiving for your kind words. I do love #haiku and so do you! Blessings, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Sometimes it's fun to experiment with the Haiku form, like Ginsburg did


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Justin ~ I just did a quick google check to find your reference to Allen Ginsberg's poetry, specifically #haiku. I discovered that he did not ever write any 'typical' haiku form, because some say it was an exercise in counting, rather than in feeling, meaning and poetic style. He also said a person could not translate the original Japanese words, and thus form and meaning into English. I guess we can't wrap a sushi into an American dog-in-a-blanket.

He has his own particular sense of human, I especially like this one: Rainy night on Union square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead.

You know he was obsessed with the death theme. Shall we give it a try, Justin, and just write some 17 syllable one liners together? Blessings, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

sure. do u have a theme in mind? Thanks for the info!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

How shall we go about with this collaboration? Shall we each start a hub and build it?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

why don't u PM me what you had in mind and we'll brain storm from there.


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Senoritaa 5 years ago

Great tips on Haiku, and beautiful compositions.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Senoritaa ~ Many thanks for letting me know. Blessings to the red rose, Debby


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Vinaya recommended your hub on Haiku and I thank you and Vinaya. I'm learning about Haiku and your hub has been helpful as are the comments that follow. Voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Debby, just got back in town. I'll take a closer look at your e mail!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Mary ~ Let me know if you want any haiku reviews or assistance. It was so kind of Vinaya to recommend this hubpages. Blessings, Debby


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a very informative hub. I like your poetry and I now understand this type of poetry much better. Your explanations are excellent.


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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

Haiku doesn't have to be restricted to the pattern of 5-7-5 and it's actually very freeing to abandon this strict rule of syllable count. Once you let it go, the poem can be even more condensed. Consider this three word haiku which pretty well sums up the pattern of life: Buzz, slap, buzz


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Vanderleelie ~ I guess I respect rules and don't break them all that often. I feel keeping to the letter of the law - or is that the syllable count - provides a certain reliable structure. If I ever go over or under, I better have a really good reason to do so.

However, I could write 'free verse' and then I wouldn't call it haiku anymore.

Thanks for buzzing by and leaving a bit of honey. Blessings, Debby


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Beautiful masterpiece Debby! Cheers!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Spy ~ Thanks for you compliment and finding this long lost Haiku Hubpage. Blessings, Debby


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Joseph Frankina 3 years ago from San Jose, CA

I see no one has been around here for a while, but I would like to say a thing or two. Haiku is an amazing form of poetry. This is mostly because a haiku is either wonderfully written or horribly written. There is not much middle ground.

It is extremely difficult to express myriad ideas and emotions in such a restricted form. You do it extremely well!

I enjoyed stumbling upon this great, albeit "old", hub. Thanks for sharing your talent and the history behind such an awesome art form.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Dear Joseph, I'm extremely humbled by your praises on the poetry. I've recently received notice from Hubpages that it is time to 'tune up' some of my pages in order for them to show up on Search Engine Browsers. I've been busy taking care of other responsibilities to be writing. This little comment may motivate me to stick around Hubpages a bit longer. Blessings, Debby


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Joseph Frankina 3 years ago from San Jose, CA

Yes, well everyone, including HubPages, is a critic!

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