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Haiku Quintus...A tribute to Russ Baleson

Updated on July 16, 2017
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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 timelessness, 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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      maven101 2 weeks ago from Northern Arizona

      VNorth...

      Very well done...coincidentally, I was watching fireflies last night amongst the weeping willows and thought of other fireflies I had seen while in Tennessee...Keep writing, you are a natural...My only comment on your lovely haiku has to do with the first line...Haiku restricts us to 5 syllables only for the 1st and 3rd lines...perhaps "Fireflies at night" or something similar would work...

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      VNorth 2 weeks ago

      Fireflies light the night

      in a graceful free style dance

      floating in the air

      Fog at new dawning

      a deer in statuesque pose

      brings joy to this day

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      maven101 3 weeks ago from Northern Arizona

      VNorth...

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this rather dusty haiku...Yes, touching is so much more powerful than mere conversation... in fact, touching is conversation, a conversation between souls, silent to the world, yet roaring with hidden emotion...Love, concern, even regret...

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      VNorth 3 weeks ago

      I felt a closeness to one of your haiku poems remembering a very long drive. Your poems are always so beautiful.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 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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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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

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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

      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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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      Barbara 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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      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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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      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 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      Wayne Brown 7 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 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      prettydarkhorse 7 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 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Habee...Sorry, I overlooked your nice comment...Thanks for stopping by and commenting...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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Simply beautiful, Larry.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      Rob Welsh 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

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

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      Tony McGregor 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      dohn121 8 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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      Charia Samher 8 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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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      bingskee 8 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      Charia Samher 8 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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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      dconners 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Beautiful and very meaningful haiku.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari 8 years ago

      Thanks Larry

      You are a man after me own heart

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      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

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      Shahid Bukhari 8 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      Kushal Poddar 8 years ago from Kolkata,India

      your simple words

      lingers somewhere deep down.

      Mesmerized time stops.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      excellent hub again thumbs up...

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

      Return to the Sea

      Her warm imbrace gives comfort

      Such sorrow she keeps

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      ralwus 8 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

      A weathered skeleton

      In windy fields of memory,

      pierces like a knife.

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      Paper Moon 8 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 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

      Looking forward to your next Haiku Hub...Larry

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      Russ Baleson 8 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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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      and a warrior

      haiku writer emerges

      from the hub pages