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Can You Haiku?
A friend of mine recently commented on Haiku poetry; he quoted Basho about the many rules that apply to this beautiful poetic form: “Learn the rules, and then forget them.”
I love this is stunning style of poetry. Yet there are literally dozens of rules that govern its writing; I was amazed to discover just how many published conventions, interpretations, composition instructions and guidelines contradict each other.
· do not use of pronouns;
· use limited pronouns;
· always write in 5,7, and 5;
· move beyond 5, 7, and 5;
· only use acceptable techniques;
· never use rhyme;
· rhyme is sometimes permitted;
· use present tense of here and now;
· use a word that denotes a season;
· seasons need not be present in Haiku;
· use images of nature – not of humanity;
· and many more.
The following pseudo-Haiku were written with tongue-in-cheek humor about my disconcerted learning process. (No disrespect intended.) Thus, the disclaimer: The following are Haiku puns and therefore do not follow all of the rules.
Five, seven and five,
Haiku rules, sternly.
Spring must never spring,
Fall cannot follow summer;
Winter has no choice.
Seventeen pure sounds,
Syllables to you and I;
Let us counts the ways.
The first two I write
Of my thoughts, senses and mood;
You can write the third.
Traditional to modern;
Lost in Translation.
Intrepid words stray
Beyond five, seven and five;
Seasons come and go.
Water does not splash
On frogs that spring eternal;
Hopeful is the pond.
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"How to Haiku" by Justin Latimer of YouTube