Japanese Haiku Poetry

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  1. Hal Pollner

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    Some of these are quite ancient...going back to early Dynasties.

    One of my favorites is by the master Basho, who uses a Zen feeling in some of his works:

    "Sun melts snow

    With my stick I guide

    This great and dangerous river"

    This refers to a little boy creating a riverbed in the snow with his stick.

    Hal
     
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    We had to write a haiku in some high school class. As I remember it, mine went something like this.

    Roses are yellow
    Violets are not yellow
    But who really cares?

    I don't think I got an A.
     
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  3. Hal Pollner

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    Are you making jest of my thread, Ken?:confused:

    Harold
     
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    I prefer my poems to rhyme, like a sappy country song. :)

    The picture in my head of this little boy realizing what one person can accomplish makes it a very wonderful story though.
     
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  5. Hal Pollner

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    That's the idea, Bess...creating a "happening"!

    Hal
     
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    Not all. Your haiku would have probably garnered an A, whereas mine was a few letters past that. In fact, I had to write a more serious one but I don't remember that one.
     
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    Don’t weep, insects –
    Lovers, stars themselves,
    Must part.
    - Kobayashi Issa
     
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    Redneck Haiku
     
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    Yes, Shirley...Issa was another Haiku Poet!

    Hal
     
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    Don't worry, spiders,
    I keep house
    casually.
     
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    Haiku poetry
    always leaves me feeling like
    something is missing.

    "Haiku by dog" above (#11) is an exception. Dogs rule.
     
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    I had house
    on Florida coast
    but now see hurricane.

    My Haiku because I feel annoyed.
     
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    行春や 鳥啼き魚の 目は泪
    Yuku haru ya/ Tori naki uwo no/ Me ha namida


    Spring is passing.
    The birds cry, and the fishes fill
    With tears on their eyes.
     
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