About Haiku Poetry: Moving Ki Tavo Poem
Moving ahead each
glorious vision and dream
points out our purpose
* * *
We are where are mind
takes us either near or far
* * *
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
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.
David Bader's Haiku is Hilarious
All In Our Vision
- Ancient Ocean Water Meditation and Prayer
Inspirational meditation in Poetry. A praise to the One God. We can do better to heal ourselves and our earth that was given as a gift to humanity. Grandmother White Eagle together with Rabbi Lazer Brody present a Tai-Chi meditation by the sea.
What is Your Dream for the Future In Your Life? What Are Your Dreams?
Do not give up on your dreams. Watch a wonderfully funny interview and also a streams of dreams and goals I had wished to fulfill during different periods in my life.
A Few Words From Charlie Chaplin
We all need heroes to emulate and look up to. This great humorist, silent film slapstick actor and mime struggled through a difficult life. He smiled through the pain and gave so much of himself to the rest of the world.
Happiness is Contagious
If you knew happiness was contagious would you change some old habits? Help happiness spread to the space and people around you. What if you kept a positive attitude and congregated with others who felt the same way, and bonded with a leader who also spread good vibes?
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.
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
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