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The one thing most people do know about haiku is inaccurate; haiku in English is not a 17 syllable, three-line poem with 5 syllables to the first line, 7 to the second line, and 5 to the third line. At least, it is not only that. It is approximately that way in Japanese (although Japanese haiku are written in one line, not three), but in English 10 to 14 syllables more approximates the length of Japanese haiku because the rough Japanese equivalent to syllables, morae, are much shorter. Of course, the issue is more complicated than this; here is one of the best, simplest explanations I could find.
"Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations?there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science." ? Santoka Taneda (Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda)
WREN MORNING.WITH THE MORNING PISS,WRENS ALL ROUND THE BRANCHES,HOMELESS MUCH LIKE ME.
My river of life,Flowing where it will go,Brings me here with you.
As a long term Haiku abuser myself one thing I should warn you all about:Haiku Twitch.Now you have found the art form people will discover you hiding in corners, or even walking down the street, sitting on buses, muttering away to yourself, manically drumming out syllables and counting, it looks fairly bizarre.
QuoteHaiku Twitch. I am addictedThe curse has it's hold on meHaiku on the bus
I have two black catsThey are my familiarsLuna and Willow
Careful Dude it could be an offense under the public indecency act.
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