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GARDEN HAIKU: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom
Lily Wang, the Garden Haiku Poet
Lily Wang is a Chinese-American poet, author of GARDEN HAIKU and BABY HAIKU which offer parents, educators and children 3-line haiku lessons on compassion, simplicity and patience. Lily Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her BA in English from Soochow University in Taipei,and earned her MA in English from California State University, Fresno. She got married in 2000 and in 2006 published her first book of poetry, Baby Haiku: Three Line Poetry for New Parents. In 2007, she published her second book, Garden Haiku:Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom which won Publisher's and Editor's Choice Awards. In 2010, Kindle and 2nd edition of Garden Haiku were published. Her last ebook in the series, Reflection Haiku, was released in 2011. She has traveled and done literature coursework worldwide. She now lives with her husband and two children in California.
© All haiku quoted in this hub have been granted reprint permission from the author.
Lily Wang's Published Books - Baby Haiku: 3-Line Poems for New Parents
Centering on babies and a mother's love, Lily Wang's Baby Haiku combines the essence of Eastern and Western poetics to portray the profundity of life and joy. No more than three lines, Haiku is the poetry that fits today's lifestyle and is perfect for new parents that aspire to read but are short on time. Short and concise, Baby Haiku allows the mind to experience Zen, life, and abundance.
Baby Haiku helps to cleanse the mind and brings about a return to innocence. Wang's poems focus on the positives and remind us that children are far more powerful than they appear:
"Don't be fooled by their small sizes
The stars at night
Have the gigantic cosmos condensed into light"
Wang compels you to look at your life differently and appreciate your blessings. Discover harmony with all beings and find peace within your soul with Baby Haiku.
Garden Haiku: Kindle Edition
In Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom, author Lily Wang gives parents spiritual guidelines for raising happy, respectful, and resourceful children. The simplicity and wisdom in these character-building principles have been extolled since ancient times but tend to get lost in today's world.
While Garden Haiku addresses parents and writes about young children, it is meant for everyone to enjoy. The themes and values are universal: we all grow from childhood to adulthood, and we are all our own best parents. We need to be nurturing and assuring people who believe in ourselves and support our dreams. Wang revives golden virtues with original poetic lucidity to bring Zen to parenting:
The art of parenting is moderation -
Too much rain brings the flood
Too much sun dries the land
Bring the best in children--
Tame not the lion that rules the king
Ground not the eagle that soars the sky
Disappointment is a heavy stone--
When a mistake is made,
Correct it; do not carry it
Wang equates parents with gardeners whose sole purpose is to nurture tender buds into full bloom. While we have our children's futures in our hands, they also have ours in theirs. A modern Zen classic, Garden Haiku is every caregiver's poetic manual on the art of parenting.
Like the lake
Reflects all things in tranquility
Traveler of time
- Lily Wang
"Traveler" (Reflection Haiku)
Haiku: "three-line Zen poetry."
Haiku: "little drops of poetic essence"
- Sir George Sansom
Classic Haiku - Basho, Issa, Buson, Shikki, Chiyo-ni
The classic haiku refers to the works by the Japnese Haiku masters including Basho, Issa, Buson, Shikk and Chiyo-ni. "Haiku rises and falls with Basho" - besides Basho, all other masters' works contribute together to form the diverse soul of haiku art.
"Unquenchable love for poetry" - Basho
Haiku Master Poll
Which of the following Japanese haiku master is your favorite?
Zen is being in harmony with present moment. Zen is realizing oneness with nature and all beings.
"I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures. "
- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
English haiku may be used to describe haiku works written originally in English rather than in Japanese by poets worldwide. They follow the simple principles of haiku: three lines (regardless of 17 syllables) and the best haiku reflect Zen influence with elements of compassion, silence, season and natural objects.
7 KEYS TO APPRECIATE HAIKU
(three lines with or without 17 syllable count)
3. NATURE/SEASON WORD
4. HERE AND NOW
- Patricia Donegan (Haiku)
Children can devil or angel be -
Put your hands on their back
The touch of their wings
"The law of love could be best understood
and learned through little children."
- Gandhi (The Power)
A child is a lighthouse, full of love-
To get to it,
Paddle with patience.
Haiku for children and pets
Haiku is one of the best way to teach young children about poetry. There are also many children's haiku books about dogs, cats, birds and all creatures large and small(grade 4 and up).
Lily Wang's animal haiku
Calm and content -
Nature's teacher to mankind
God's soft pawprints
She jumps on the window
Gazing at the morning rain -
An instant painting
When they cut your umbilical cord,
We are separated
Their handprints -
Maple leaves falling from the tree
Etched in my diary
Haiku Societies Around the world
- the Haiku Society of America
The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English.
- British Haiku Society
The British Haiku Awards (2010) The BHS / James W Hackett Annual International Award for Haiku 2009
- Haiku Canada
Welcome to Haiku Canada
- Irish Haiku Society
| Irish Haiku Society
- The Official Garden Haiku Blog
Lily Wang's Chinese haiku, English haiku, reviews on children's books, parenting books and news.