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June 21, 2005

Manish Rami - Haiku

A haiku is a short Japanese poem. It usually consists of three lines, often with 5, 7 and 5 syllables in each line (though I never follow the 5, 7, and 5 rule and write in free form.) A haiku is very attentive to time (of the year) and place. The time part is often depicted with a seasonal reference called “kigo” e.g. deep autumn, sudden summer shower, images of rice seedlings, plum blossoms, spring and summer migrant birds, their chirps and warbles etc. - often a haiku will violate this rule. There is also an implicit Buddhist reflection on nature. It demands accurate and original images - mostly from common life. The two most famous poets (in my opinion) are Matsuo Basho, and Kobayashi Issa.

Some seasonal haiku in North Dakota by Manish Rami

Snow settles.
On the boughs, on the bushes…
On my boots!

This first snow…
Sweet frosting
On a huge cake!

Frozen dewdrop ornaments
On Pine needles -
Merry Christmas

This Christmas -
I fought my cold
With Fudges, Chocolates, and Biscotti.

Horizontal snow
Framed in my window.
The heater shivers!

Sitting on the bough…
Some snow
Awaits a gust

Few snowflakes
With the aid of a gust
Seek flight again!

Spring snow on bough
Asks dried leaves…
“When do you fall!”

Oh how wide is this sidewalk!
The snow
Has all melted.

Gently falling leaves.
In my yard…
A pile in a flash

Blossoms gone, leaves too…
This tall thin denuded tree
Oh how beautiful!

Says a bud
To the Spring.

Raindrops on eaves…
Sliding and taking turns
To jump to earth.

Lapping lake waters…

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Posted by: zazi | Jun 23, 2005 9:28:36 PM

Haiku are like charcoal sketches: so spare that you have to get everything exactly right (right the first time, for the sketch) so that to those who appreciate the medium, it is the most daring and (when successful) admirable of artistic forms. Of course many people prefer the lush aesthetic -- the full-color realistic oil painting, the longer poem full of prosodic device and sentiment. As it happens, I think austerity in art promotes excellence (as long as the less than excellent are discarded early on). With all this as preface, let me say that your poet has succeeded well, *especially* with the raindrops taking turns trope. That one sticks in my mind as vivid, true, original and pleasing. Thanks for the experience!

Posted by: judith | Jun 21, 2005 10:07:26 AM

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