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Dale Chihuly The Nature of Glass at the Phoenix Desert Gardents, Part III Night Falls

Updated on August 18, 2013

Chihuly in Pictures and Haiku

This is the final installment of the Dale Chihuly Nature of Glass Exhibit at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. Darkness falls quickly in the desert. It was easy to imagine all kinds of movement when the light played on the glass sculptures.

Below is a brief discussion of the Haiku Poetry format.

Please enjoy the pictures and the haiku.


Past these sentinels

Silent red undulating

For the brave pass here


Desert Sentinels

A silent sentinel shouts when lit at night.
A silent sentinel shouts when lit at night. | Source

Fast falls the darkness

Tall stands the shimmering glass

Imagine and see

Boat Illuminates

The boat takes on a new meaning with the paint of light
The boat takes on a new meaning with the paint of light | Source

Desert river dry

Boat of blue muddled dreams

Silently glow bright


Cool as Ice

A vase of desert plants
A vase of desert plants | Source

If the desert dreams

It dreams violent coldest blue

For you, the special to see


Such beautiful night creatures

Night mares beautiful
Night mares beautiful | Source

Night desert terrors

Such writhing beauty so fierce

In fear lie awake



The rising up of the desert ghost.
The rising up of the desert ghost. | Source

There be ghosts about

Looming from the desert floor

White spirits drift up


Haiku for the Child in All of Us....

What is a Haiku?

Some English teacher, somewhere deserves an accolade for making me write Haiku poetry when I was in school. I find it a nice way to express emotions.

The poems below each picture are in the haiku format.

The Haiku Poetry form is from Japan. It is a deceptively simple poetry verse that has three un-rhymed lines of five, then seven, and then five syllables. Originally it was to tell a story or create a feeling of the seasons.

It is not as easy to create as you would think. They look like simple little poems but in order for the words to invoke a feeling the words must be meaningfully placed together as well as having the correct syllables.

The haiku was named by a writer named Masaoka Shika in Japan. He named this form of poetry at the end of the 19th century.

Modern haiku may not follow the theme of the seasons nor may not follow the strict syllable counts. There are many different forms of haiku in Japan.

The first recorded European to use the haiku format was a Dutchman named Hendrik Deoff who was a Dutch Commissioner in Nagasaki in the first years of the 19th century. The haiku was at first dismissed by serious poets in Europe and the West.

However, it has come into its own since that time. It is a recognized and celebrated poetry style. There is an alternative newspaper in Albuquerque New Mexico that has a well celebrated Haiku Contest nearly every summer. My step-daughter-in-law won one year!

The reading and performing of haiku is very special. The accented syllables and the dramatic pauses when reading the sparely written poetry make the performance of haiku to be quite moving.

As you can imagine the haiku is virtually impossible to translate into another language. You man translate the words but it is unlikely that all the words in one language will translate to have the same number of required syllables in another language.

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    • NMLady profile image

      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thank you mar.

      So ,many kind words.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Where nightmares and ghosts are truly beautiful to me... I am bookmarking, fascinated and will just need to figure a way to learn more about this most gifted artist.

      I thank you so much for exposing me to him, NMLady.

      Voted UP & UABI-- have a peaceful day, mar.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      I know I commented on another one, but this exhibit is just so freakin cool!