Saturday, September 11, 2010

One Single Impression 133: Passing

Breezes slip by me,
stirring flow'ry meadows with the
first breath of autumn.

For some reason, I got my haiku flowing this week. That hasn't happened in a long, long time. I enjoy sharing with all of you and I love doing the OSI blog with Sandy. I love writing haiku, also, but it is extremely challenging for me. One way I become inspired is by reading haiku at my leisure. I have been reading and re-reading Classic Haiku: The Greatest Japanese Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki, and Their Followers (Eternal Moments). It is a beautiful book that I keep by my bed.

But recently I ran across another book of haiku in the library and I enjoy it so much that I will have to buy it: Haiku: This Other World by Richard Wright. Wright is correct: haiku does create another world (at least for me).  The haiku in this book are more modern with both urban and pastoral themes. The notes and afterword in the back are comprehensive and valuable. I wanted to share this title with you in case you have missed it at the library.

Writing haiku helped Wright mourn. Wright's daughter writes in the Introduction that haiku is "a form of poetry which links seasons of the soul with nature's cycle of moods." I know that poetry, for all of us, heals and expresses our souls. I want to share a couple of my favorite Wright haiku here:

Beneath pale stars,
Breathing wet on cattle horns,
A faint winter fog.

As my anger ebbs,
The spring stars grow bright again
And the wind returns.

With mouth gaping wide,
Swallowing strings of wild geese, —
Hungry autumn moon.

I can't share more with you. There are too many that fascinate me. Thank you for reading this rather long post. I hope you all have peaceful and beautiful week! 
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  1. I haven't really read much haiku. Not since it was a mandatory exercise in high school or before. The ones you posted are very soothing. As is yours. Haiku and photo go very nicely together.

  2. You got your haiku on, to be sure. I love this post. And, oh yes, bring on what is beautiful. Gorgeous.

  3. I love haiku. Yours is very good. I like how the breezes flow.

    I watch while the mountains crumble

  4. Loved your very much got "a form of poetry which links seasons of the soul with nature's cycle of moods".. great take on the prompt.

  5. Hi Andrée. It is nice to see you here on OSI again.
    I like your haiku. To me it realates very well the feeling the coming of Autum.

    I am glad too that you have been studying (probably reviewing for you, huh teach?) them. This one fits the elements so well. A lot in my world would be senyru as they relate people with people rather than nature. I think that relating to the seasons of nature are especially liked.
    Oh yes, I did a tanka tonight. At least for me it is one.

  6. Loved it Andree... in fact I have been telling recently that I am haikued..keep writing them often.. it's great fun.. but still continue with my lengthy poems too.. Thanks Andree for sharing the title..

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  7. I love this line: Breathing wet on cattle horns,
    A faint winter fog.

  8. Your haiku was beautiful, and I loved the ones you shared from the book. Especially the one with the hungry autumn moon! I agree that haiku is very challenging.

  9. Thanks for sharing this :) I want to read more of haiku too :) This has peaked my interest.

  10. beautiful words complimented with picture.

  11. I love haiku- not good at it but love it nonetheless. This was a wonderful post- yours was really good, and I love the last one you shared the best of the three- thanks!

  12. Haiku writing is really so challenging! Me, getting a hard time finishing one! But I am not even sure that what I am writing is really a haiku! :)

    Thanks for sharing this Andree! Good morning...

    Btw, I did a haiku too! Do check :)


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