Haiku

For any of you out there without a culture bone in their bodies I am *not* sneezing… well ok I *am* sneezing because I have a cold but that’s nothing to do with the subject.

Haiku is a traditional Japanes verse form which uses the line syllable format of 5 – 7- 5, i.e. the first line uses five syllable, the second seven, the third, again, 5 syllables. There are variations on this that have emerged through the years but the standard one is the most used. It would appear that the more famous you are in your personal life, the more the rules are bent to allow you to challenge the structure… but not to the extent it becomes a limerick! 🙂

I asked the members of the Australian Opinion forum if they’d like to come up with a few to reflect something that relates to their personal lives.

The first one… and I’m already sure will be the best is this:

Life has much value,
I rationalise,  I search
yet winter prevails.

This is so beautiful, yet so deeply personal that it’s almost sacrilige to pass it on to a wider audience, but I feel it has so much to offer, the greater crime would be to allow it to fade away.

Anyone in here like to produce some Haiku to reflect *their* lives?


3 thoughts on “Haiku

  1. On death

    Life is precious still=
    I am afraid of the dark=
    There is no escape.

    After death

    I ride on the wind-
    The brilliance casts no shadow
    I am everywhere

    On old age

    Yesterday has gone=
    Old men have few tomorrows=
    There is only now.

    Not too morbid I hope but it is on
    ly natural that these random thoughts should cross the mind
    (and oft when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude)

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