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The unvoiced thoughts and ideas of a septegenarian.

HAIKUS

on July 29, 2012

HAIKUS

            I recently asked my 14 year old grandson if he knew what a Haiku was.  He smiled and said:

          Haikus are easy

Sometime they don’t make sense.

Hippotomus.

           The Japanese are masters at this form of verse. Perhaps its structure appeals to their high regard for simplicity. I’m not a student of Haikus and know nothing about its origin or development but one day, disgusted with a novel I was working on, I decided to try to write one.  My first effort failed – so did the second.  It’s no easy trick to have an idea and express it in something like eight to twelve words, maintaining the required 5-7-5 syllabification.  It was such fun that I kept going until I finally had a few that, even if they won’t win any prizes, at least conform to the required structure. It’s especially challenging to write one where the last line is unexpected – rather like the punch line of a joke or hippotomus.

Chocolate chip pie

Whipped cream tempts and teases

Here is your fork eat.

 

Silver and candles

The table entices me

Dine converse relax.

 

The search for knowledge

Confusing, terrifying

A snake in the grass.

 

His voice a whisper

His gentle hands waterfalls

He smells of roses.

 

I open a book

Words of wisdom tumble out

Manna for my brain.

 

The world clothed in white

I hide from snow and cold wind

Hibernation mine.

 

Words whisper and flow

Arms tenderly enfold me

Treasures remembered.

 

I splash in the waves

Surf caresses and tickles

Fish, water lilies.

 

Lights flicker inside

Darkness tiptoes through windows

Peace serenity.

 

A road by a stream

Cool water ripples on rocks

Ducks, turtles and swans

 

A garden I seek

Smelling of lilacs in bloom

Buds on rose bushes

 

Challenge: write a Haiku.

Julie Rose

Editit601@gmail.com

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One response to “HAIKUS

  1. jspruell says:

    Your 14 year old grandson may have mastered the wisdom of the Haiku! … and his ‘Haiku’ left me with a much needed smile… Thanks! 🙂

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