Our Growing Pains: Bamboo Haiku

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The Beauty of Bamboo.

Our growing pains: bamboo haiku, tells a story, within a story by linking each haiku image to the next, to form a greater overall perspective of the subject. The humble and mysterious bamboo is one of the most durable and versatile plants, ever introduced to us by nature. For centuries bamboo has been used in the creation of a huge range of everyday necessities and many other things to enhance the quality of life. From building to paper, bamboo has been grown and exploited by ancient civilizations as far more than just an inexpensive, dependable and renewable resource. Its understated beauty is obvious; how it communicates is not.

In its life cycle, bamboo is not so dissimilar to people, in that it has four stages of life in which to fulfill its potential and ultimately, its life’s destiny. The original haiku used in this article, have been written from that perspective and as such, considers different facets of bamboo’s mysterious life, as it is played out before our unsuspecting eyes.

In Japan and to a lesser degree, China, bamboo has always been revered because it has been widely understood and courted for the functionality and timeless beauty within its simplicity, as are the principles of Haiku. ‘Our Growing Pains’ provides a glimpse of what transpires within the world of towering giant bamboo, as they dance, touch and talk to each other in a language of groaning, punctuated by rustling leaves and bark, heard above the wind. Enjoy this bamboo haiku and perhaps consider the beauty of nature in another perspective, when next bamboo’s growing pains are heard.

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Original Bamboo Haiku.

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'Our Growing Pains'


Sway with the wind

Learning to be flexible

Reaching for the sky


Bamboo dreams grow

Growing tall among friends

Hope rises with the sun


Bamboo in the mist

Leaves capture each damp drop

Life stored within


Sway with our wind

Growing pains ever louder

Green words shared


Across this valley

I see her sway towards me

The reach too far


Bamboo dreams grow

Each year hearts grow closer

In willing breezes...

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* Original Haiku by Pearldiver *

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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautiful Haiku! Fascinating way of portraying the growth of Bamboo that so much relates to the growing pains of human. Interesting concept..... Enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Thanks for that... it's merely using the same perspective that I have used in poetry for sometime now and adapting it to the haiku genre... it fits and so provides a raft of ideas on how it can enhance the standard haiku style... bamboo grows in a similar manner... a perfect subject. Glad you enjoyed this piece... cheers for your positive compliment... take care.. PD


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Outstanding example of the aforementioned Haiku, building off of the last. Thank you for the helpful intro as well.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I really love bamboo, and I liked these thoughts on it. I ran on trails surrounded by bamboo on Maui, and could hear the wild pigs, it was an intense feeling of being hidden by green, and knowing things were hidden from me in the green bamboo... nice job! lily


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting haiku. I have some patio furniture and rug made out of bamboo which are very durable and attractive. I enjoyed reading your piece, most entertaining. Cheers..


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi shiningirisheyes, thank you for your positive comment on these haiku.. glad you enjoyed this piece and its content... cheers for taking the time.. take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Lily, yep bamboo is an awesome plant that has literally helped change the world.. can you imagine how hard it must have been before it was first discovered for pole vaulting? Some species grow at 2 meters per night... so, other than wild pigs charging through, one should never sleep in a bamboo grove! Glad you enjoyed this piece and found your way out of your bamboo jungle... thanks for your positive comment Lily.. take care... PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Ruby, thank you very much for that.. yes, the list of uses for the resource is massive and so diverse... glad you enjoyed these haiku... it is not written in the conventional style, but it does help illustrate that haiku can be quite fun and still drive a solid message... cheers for your comment Ruby... take care.. PD


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Striking haiku. My compliments. Thank you


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Martin, thank you very much for your compliments... I was lucky, the subject is one dear to my heart.. and forever growing... Cheers for appreciating these haiku.. take care.. PD


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Enjoyed these haikus lots.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Rasma, thank you for taking the time to read and appreciate these haiku.. I appreciate your positive compliments and support... cheers.. take care.. PD


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I loved your haiku that explained bamboo so perfectly, the similarity between bamboo and us was so true, wonderful, voted up, and shared! nell


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Nell, thank you for taking the time to read these haiku... glad you enjoyed the bamboo and reaching out theme... cheers for your compliments on this work... take care... PD


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

Bamboo's have several benefits and symbolism that truly inspiring.

Nice haiku and article as well


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi KenDeanAgudo, yes the great attributes of bamboo are often overlooked by the West. Thank you for taking the time to read these haiku and for your complimentary review.. cheers.. take care.. PD


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome I like bamboo and you said so well


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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Watching dolphins in Malibu and pelicans flying overhead...I often write stories within stories but never considered it from the perspective of a bamboo haiku...very interesting hub and beautiful haiku...not sure what the story within held...a mystery these inside stories...


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi DDE, sorry about the lateness of reply and thank you for such a positive compliment on this piece... Enjoy your summer... Dubrovnik is a beautiful place to spend it.. a perfect place to walk with a ice cream and loved one in hand... Yummm... hahaha, I love ice cream! Take care.. PD


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Prisana, thank you for that... the inside story here is that love may well be present in the world of Bamboo also. Dolphins and Pelicans huh? I'm sure such scenes always call for a sequence of shots and good music! :) Cheers... take care out there.. PD


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KenDeanAgudo 2 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

Wow such a lovely haiku and the photos, you made it DIY??? very beautiful, I love the way you explain it on the first part. Your fan mail for me was warm, just reminiscing my old friends (followers) here :)

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