Tag Archives: haikuish

Scattered leaves…

Scattered leaves
confuse the pattern
on rigid bricks

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from Hotsprings and Stubbed Toe, Occasional haiku… 1992-2004

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Furious strider…

Furious strider
flustered,
cursing into a box

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from Hotsprings and Stubbed Toe, Occasional haiku… 1992-2004

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Another crisp leaf…

Another crisp leaf
staggers down
cutting close air

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from Hotsprings and Stubbed Toe, Occasional haiku… 1992-2004

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Fiery maple leaves…

Fiery maple leaves
smouldering atop
damp mossy roof

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from Hotsprings and Stubbed Toe, Occasional haiku… 1992-2004

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Passports and Friends

More stamps in the passports
More poems to write
I know who my real friends are

NOTE:

Kobayashi Issa was the man who developed the 5-7-5 format but Japanese and English are very different languages – Japanese is syllabary and English uses diphthongs (great word) for starters. So i take the classic intent of haiku to heart in writing “not about the rainstorm, but about a single drop” — in other words, convey emotion briefly and succinctly, rather that dogmatically adhering to the 5-7-5 format which forces one to “shoehorn” in words or pries others out to fit.

so, and/or:

Ink stamps in passport
Friends offer shelter from fear
Poems come after rest