Isn’t it fun when someone reads your poem and just thinks that it is nifty … and the words had flowed out of you literally within a few seconds. Is some of your best work that way? Today I struggle and today I have the choice of skipping my haiku day or publishing something that does not make me happy. Hm. We shall choose the latter. I tend not to do 5-7-5 haiku, due to the differences in Japanese word tone counts and English syllable counts, apples and oranges. So my question to you is this: when you count syllables do you find yourself legitimately stretching a word to make it have more syllables? I did it here.
dew drops upon dry
ground creating tiny pools
clear toned cicada
morning dew drops on
trellised chain of hanging gourds
excellent bath mitts
Gratefully placed at Tackle It Tuesday on Chevrefeuille’s delightful blog.
The ceremony of tea and I mean any cultural ceremony has always been one of my greatest pleasures. I love tea pots, the aroma and tastes of teas gathered the world over, taking tea say in China. Today, I can neither smell nor taste. I took this photo moments ago for the prompt.
Non traditional haiku:
warm yak butter not my cup of tea – cricket sings
morning glories fall
into deep green muddy earth
matcha on the ground
Shared at Tackle It Tuesday
orange cloud peaks
hiding coming summer moon
gull dinner fishing
Photo taken in July of 2012 at The Outer Banks, NC
A part of Tackle It Tuesday
Aleph – prompt for Tackle It Tuesday
Aleph – a novel by Paul Coelho that shares with its reader deep spiritual mystery and change. This does sound a very interesting book. It is a book to put upon my “to read” list. Unfortunately, due to illness, my great love of reading has been significantly side tracked by an inability to concentrate. Perhaps that is why I have been studying and reading haiku since February … in itself a spiritual enterprise.
According to Chevrefeuille “Aleph means “the number that contains all numbers,” but in this story it represents a mystical voyage wherein two people experience a spiritual unleashing that has a profound impact on their present lives.
I cannot possibly write about this book as I have not read it. But I have had two significant spiritual experiences within my lifetime. One at the age of twenty seven years. I had another not terribly long ago at the age of fifty nine years. Both were life changing. The last experience took me to a place where I fully understood that “we were all one.” The first manifestation of this took place in China in the spring of 2006.
I was in Xian a small city of then seven million people. It was Saturday night and everyone was out on the street shopping, singing, having a grand time. I came upon a group of protesters. They looked dejected and miserable. There were several hundred sitting upon the steps of the department store in which they worked. In front of them was a large banner that showed a man having been beaten and bloody. I did not immediately know what this was about and looked for someone who spoke English. After several tries I found someone who informed us that this was a protest about the way workers were treated. The banner of the bloodied man was merely an example.
Upon being told what this was all about … without a thought I ran up to the persons in this demonstration clapping wildly and yelling over and over … YES …YES! I did this for several minutes going from one end of the line to the other. Suddenly they each stood up and started clapping in unison with me and their dejection was replaced by energetic smiles. It truly was as if we were “one” in that brief moment. So, my haiku is in the spirit of “we are all one.” And, this was not easy. My kigo is “new tea.” The idea is that new tea taken together makes us all one.
new tea with strangers
like an aleph sun shining
we are now family
For Tackle It Tuesday
Today on Tackle It Tuesday, Chevrefuille has prompted us to attempt a traditional haiku in the manner of Basho … whom I love and read fervently. So we are meant to abide by 3 rules here: 1) 5-7-5, 2) kigo, 3) make a meaningful statement (through what I term a punchline). However, I am growing up in the American haiku tradition of Michael Dylan Welch at NaHaiWriMo … kind of a no 5-7-5 school. So here we go.
The rough landscape of Island Rab in Croatia from Chevrefuielle’s “Tackle It Tuesday.”
craggy out cropping
cliff rocks a plunging drop off
summer kimono ripped
Found at: Tackle It Tuesday
A very appropriate prompt for me right now … for I am running around in circles almost choosing to be stressed out! Oh my, Holy Isle is quite a lovely site, worthy of a visit, it can be found here. It is a Buddhist Retreat at the top of the world … well at the top of Scotland. Please do visit.
holy isle the buddha living in each sound – far from me
Haiku for Tackle It Tuesday.
Photo Credit Holy Isle