Haiku Quintus...A tribute to Russ Baleson

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By: Larry L. Conners

Wandering through Hub Pages one day I came across a marvelous Hub by Russ Baleson describing the ancient Japanese art of Haiku...A poetic form that basically conforms to a three line poem following a 5-7-5 syllabic meter...the form requires intense concentration and disparate expression.

I humbly offer these five Haiku in thanks to Russ for exposing me to this wonderful art form that seems such a natural expression of every day occurrences that many times our deafened ears do not hear, or our jaded eyes do not see...What a wonderful world we live in, so much beauty and timeliness, so much we take for granted.... Larry


Haiku Passion

Monsoon rain pours down

Cacti reaching for the sky

Life another day

Haiku Love

Your hand on my knee

The car moves across the land

Your touch is so dear

Haiku Earth

Silent mountains dwell

Neath blankets of green and white

Secrets there, I know

Haiku Sunrise

Red and blue fingers

Grasping the world in its fist

Good Morning is here !!

Haiku Sunset

The brightest at death

Colors swarm, warm, give its gift

Accepted, with thanks


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

and a warrior

haiku writer emerges

from the hub pages


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Thank you so much!! Absolutely wonderful! I read these slowly and out loud and enjoyed every bit of them.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thank you Russ...I am honored by such praise from the Master...

Looking forward to your next Haiku Hub...Larry


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Great tribute to a great haiku hubber using great haikus. 

My all time favorite is by Basho

summer grasses–

all that remains

of soldiers' dreams


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thanks Paper...This is my favorite Basho haiku:

A weathered skeleton

In windy fields of memory,

pierces like a knife.


ralwus 7 years ago

I'm so glad that you have discovered this form of poetry, you have done well grasshopper. LOL I used to delve into this long ago. thanks for sharing maven


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Oh Briney One...thanks for the comment...

Return to the Sea

Her warm imbrace gives comfort

Such sorrow she keeps


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Lgali 7 years ago

excellent hub again thumbs up...


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thanks Lgali, for the comment and thumbs up...Larry


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

your simple words

lingers somewhere deep down.

Mesmerized time stops.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thank you, Kushal...And your poetry is unmatched...Larry


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Shahid Bukhari 7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

Your's is the first Haiku I've ever read. A subtle, beautiful, and touching experience.

Look forward to read more of it.

And allow my suggesting ... Ignore the ones on Hub Pages, who without the credentials, would not hesitate a moment to raise the Syntax issue with Shakespeare.

Regards


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thanks, Shahid...I am humbled that mine was your first read of haiku...check out Russ Baleson for a fantastic haiku experience...he not only explains the haiku, its origins and forms, but also write beautifully with his own original haiku...

I really don't consider the syntax issue when I write...much too confining and restrictive of imagination....thank you for the advise...Larry


Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari 7 years ago

Thanks Larry

You are a man after me own heart


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Syed...Thank you for the nice comment...I'm sure you have a beautiful heart and mind....Larry


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dconners 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Beautiful and very meaningful haiku.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

dconners...thank you for taking the time to read these haiku...I wish everyone could feel the pleasure I feel when I write these haiku....You don't have to " get it "...just feel the soft, easy flow of expression...Thank you for the comments...Larry


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Haiku is lovely

Hope I can also carry

Simply like Larry

Oh is that a Haiku? No harm in trying! LOL!


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Charia...Wow..! You are a natural...you have put together three disparate thoughts and pulled them all together with the last...please continue to develop this expressive talent...Beautiful, much like your name....Larry


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

i had tried haiku, too, the poem is titled Haiku attempt. the good thing about haiku is you don't have to use elaborate words. the simplest turns into wonder.. lovely haikus you did, larry!


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Bingskee..Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comments...Would you send me a copy of your Haiku Attempt..? I would love to read your first haiku...Larry


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Charia Samher 7 years ago

wow I was delighted by that. really, ok so maybe I'll try making some more. Thanks for the encouragement. =)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Great job Larry! Your imagery is outstanding. I'm glad I was able to enjoy them. Thanks.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thanks for stopping by dohn...I appreciate your kind comments...its always a sweet pleasure for me when someone expresses delight with one of my poems...what more can one expect out of life then to hopefully give and receive pleasure from another...Larry


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Hey Larry - thanks for this Hub which I appreciate doubly! Firstly because it's gorgeously written, and secondly because Russ is a long-time personal friend who came to Hub Pages through my introduction! He's I think the only one who responded to my invitation to some of my friends last year some time. So thanks for paying such a lovely tribute to my friend, who is a beautiful person whom I am deeply honoured to know.

Love and peace

Tony


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Thank you, Tony....Your comments are always expressive and well received...Peace, my friend...Larry


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Pearldiver 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Mayflies on Glass

Ripples greet the Dusk

Tight Lines.

Nice work Larry and enjoy the trout.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Pearl...Your haiku reads like a fishermans' prayer...beautiful...Thanks...Larry


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Simply beautiful, Larry.


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GNelson 7 years ago from Florida

I believe the less said, the more understood. You prove that with your haiku.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Habee...Sorry, I overlooked your nice comment...Thanks for stopping by and commenting...Larry


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

GNelson...Brevity is the soul of wit ( and Haiku )....Thanks for the cogent comments...Larry


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi MAVEN< haiku are a nice expression indeed of everyday things MAVEN, I came to drop by and greet you A Merry Christmas to you and your family, may the new year bring you more good health, I am thankful to you, Maita


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Maita...You are such a lovely person...I feel so fortunate to have you as a friend and watching your talents grow...Thank you for the greeting, and know that I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year...Larry


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Larry...you just dived into the deep end while I still need swim lessons! Poetry is a tough go my friend and I admire your abilities and your determination to take it on! Keep pushin'! WB


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

hi Wayne...What a nice comment and encouragement !!..Thank you, my friend...as always I look forward to your intelligent and beautifully written Hubs...Larry


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sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

Hi Larry- just cruising for an infusion of your Haiku.

Thank you for inspiring my weekend indulgence in Haiku.

I visited your cherry blossom hub as well. You have done a nice job with this form. I've enjoyed your image-filled poetry and beautiful photos. Thank you.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Morning Gerry...So very glad you stopped by and left comments, much appreciated...Cruisen' for an infusion...LOL ... your wit is sharp as ever...Go well my friend...Larry


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is really nice. You have a good flow and seemed to have jumped right in there. I feel like I could hurt myself if I tried that! Great Haiku!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Lenticular cloud:

iceberg on a sky blue sea.

Stay, Titantic winds!

FUN! Thanks- and thanks Micky Dee for calling my attention to this hub.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Morning Mickey...You are so right...After reading Russ's haiku Hub I did jump right in there...it seems so natural and really appeals to my sense of discipline...

Thanks for the comments and taking the time to read these first efforts of mine...You have encouraged me to publish more ...Take care, my friend...Larry


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Storytellersus...What wonderful imagery you have conjured up with that sweet haiku verse...lovely ...

Thank you for stopping by and sharing that perfect haiku with us this morning...Larry


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I like the Earth Haiku. These are nice collection. Beautiful pictures will make them complete though. :)

Haiku is hard to made. My head spinning everytime I tried to make one. Haaaard!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona Author

Freya...I agree, pictures would add to the haiku...Check back in a few days, I'll be adding some pics to accompany the poems...Thank you for taking time to read these haiku, which were indeed my very first efforts in this poetic style...Larry


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

The brightest at death -- an interesting observation about the sun that I had never pondered before. Also can be said of human lives -- those people who live to the fullest and go out in full bloom. A nice dose of haiku action here. Glad I stopped to read and ponder. Cheers.

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