Haiku Thoughts

Haiku does not just tell, or merely describe a picture it allows the reader to enter the poem in their own way as if they were there too.  Life is all about sharing our experiences with each other. 
Please feel free to Haiku to me as I have Haikued to you!!
Look forward to seeing your Haiku, still checking to see if that is politically correct.  Enjoy!!
An English-language haiku is written in three short lines and read out loud in about six seconds.
They're written in the present tense, in ordinary language, and work well as two different
images that spark off each other.
Haiku are ideal for non-fiction observations as a kind of short-hand for remembering events or incidents or travel pictures.
They can be therapeutic and they exercise both the right and the left side of the brain.  Which is good as mine has not been to the gym in months.
Traditionally haiku are rooted in natural history and the seasons, and make us co-conspirators with wildlife, as nature half-writes the haiku before we've even start.

Hot Sea Cow Up Comes-Life's Ripples Beyond Canal-Dam Speeding Propellers Hurt

Haiku have a seasonal clue called kigo in Japanese. Obvious season words are snow for winter; and hotter than Hell for summer; but you could use less obvious kigo like baseball for summer and heavy coats for winter.
Haiku comes from a "first verse" called hokku; they often look incomplete as they originate from a linked verse poem where the first verse was finished by the second verse. Sort of like the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone.   They have a special place in the multi-poet-multi-linking-verse-poem known as renga, or renku, that enjoyed a renaissance in 17th Century Japan; and people started collecting them as not all the composed hokku on the day could be chosen to start off the renga.
Then Japanese writers began to adapt foreign literary techniques in poetry as Japan was opened up to the West.

Fall Morning Travel-Some Sober Most Not At All- Road & Sea Both Gone
     Masaoka Shiki took full advantage when he officially made hokku an independent poem in the 1890s called haiku (singular and plural spelling) and brought haiku into the 20th Century.

Haiku is one of the world's oldest regularly written forms of poetry, and Basho (1644-1694) is recognized as its foremost poet. In the early 1850s the West learns of Japan's incredible art, and Japanese artists are fascinated by the West's own techniques in art.
Western Haiku does not always concern itself with seventeen syllables since Western Languages cannot adapt themselves to the much more fluid syllabic Japanese.  Western Haiku simply say a lot in three short lines.
Thoughts of Haiku from Around the WorldJack Prewitt (Serelemar, NSW)~‘Haiku are the little poems I write and call haiku.

Sarasota Kiss-It So Good to be Home-No No More War

Lynette Arden (Adelaide, SA)~'Haiku are small and humble poems that depict the everyday world around us, aiming to give a flash of insight into that world.'
Earl Keener (Bethany, West Virginia)~“Haiku represents
the smallest atom of literature in which we might study
the heart beat of the muse. Haiku is verbal resonance
resulting from psychological projection. It is the literary equivalent of the Shinto experience of the kami.”
 Susan Murphy (Sydney, NSW)~'Nothing is ordinary and to notice it without intruding, saying only what's needed, quite naturally touches eternity.'
Beverley George (Pearl Beach, NSW)~A haiku is a brief poem, built on sensory images from the environment. It evokes an insight into our world and its peoples.'
Timothy Russell (mile 61 on the Ohio River, Toronto, Ohio, USA)~“Haiku is a single molecule of poetry.

Autumn Bisbee Az.-Classics, Caddie & Queen-Fun Day Fun Today

 John Swabey (Teneriffe, Qld)~’This moment / sliced / by these words’

 Vasile Moldovan (Romania)~“A Haiku Poem is heavy water and perfume essence in the same time; a
pearl appearing from pain and hope; the moment that passes in no time
and that you meet a few while in life; hurry up, don't lose it!”

Ynes Sanz (Brisbane, Qld)~“haiku is 'aha' / even from / afar “

Sharon Dean (Alstonville, NSW)~"not a rich thought reduced to a brief form, but a brief event which immediately finds its proper form".

Laryalee Fraser (British Columbia, Canada)~‘A good haiku instills a moment with new awareness which surprises and satisfies the reader.’
Claire Holloway (Sydney, NSW)~Harmony bookmarked… Earth, Heaven and Humankind – In divine synch.

Gustave’s Eiffel Rise-Dark Afternoon Imminent-UP Stop at the Top
Angelee Deodhar (India)~“ A haiku is a three lined (short, long, short) poem of Japanese origin which expresses simply the essence of an emotion keenly felt at a particular moment in time. It may or may not have a seasonal reference.”
Claire Gardien (France)~Haiku, poem of a brief instant of nature life and the emotion felt at the precise moment it happened. A three lines'prose of 5/7/5 syllables. The third line is either opposed to the text or re-inforces it.
David Terelinck (Guildford, NSW)~Haiku is a journey along a road lined with small windows. Each time we pause to peer into one of these, we are astounded by the beauty and depth of the vista behind them.
Julie Simpson (Millford, NSW)~Sometimes a simple, stunning mental snapshot, sometimes asboring as a slideshow at the neighbours.

Guitar and Picker-Amsterdam Spring Time Downtown-No Lunch For You Now
Luong Son Truong (Khanh Hoa, Vietnam)~When sounds are used to echo immortal silence a haiku is tuned.
Matt Hetherington (Melbourne, Vic)~a poem of a poetic moment written as briefly as possible in the present tense If regarding nature, it’s haiku if human nature, its senryu
Carmel Summers (Pennant Hills, NSW)~“A concise poem, based on a sensual observation of the natural world, that bridges the gap between nature and human understanding, behavior, feelings and thoughts.”

Keywords of Haiku in no order or strength of importance-minimalism, immediacy, season word, cutting word, human emotions, relationships, nature themes lightness, slenderness short, simple, modest ,unpretentious, tranquility, meditation, beauty, simplicity.
Dear OldSchool
A Haiku is a non-rhyming verse. So it is very important to shift out of the Dr Seuss mode. The Japanese write in a single vertical line, but we use three horizontal lines in English use what you are most comfortable with.  Remember Haiku is should be Fun, if it is not “perfect form” as long as you enjoy it is all is good. In Japanese, the word "haiku" means "playful verse." More important than form is that a haiku contain a "kigo"-season word-spring, rain, hotter than hell ect.  Employ the equivalent to a "kireji"-cutting word, which means that the poem should present two juxtaposed- to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. (I had to look it up so I thought I would save you some time) parts in three lines.  Haiku should use objective sensory images- Sensory images are created for detailed description of something using more than one of the five senses sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.
3 lines (5+7+5=17 syllables)>"kigo"<"kireji"> =OldSchoolHaiku!
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Most Haiku seem to focus on nature, but what they are really focusing on is a seasonal reference not all of which are necessarily about nature, I personally believe human nature counts.
Japanese poets use a "saijiki" or season word almanac to check the seasonal association for key words that they might use in a haiku (thus the haiku is a seasonal poem, and thus often about nature, but does not have to be just about nature. I have made up my own & suggest you do the same.
Contrast or Comparison. Reading most Haiku, you'll notice they either present one idea for the first two lines and then switch to something else or do the same with the first line and last two. Which to me means you can do it the way You want to. A Japanese haiku achieves this shift with what is called a "kireji"-cutting word, which cuts the poem into two parts. In English, it is essential for nearly every Haiku to have this two-part juxtaposition structure- the act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed dang I look it up & I’m still not sure what they are talking about. These two parts sometimes create a contrast & sometimes are a comparison.   This is the hard part because it is very difficult to avoid too obvious a connection between the two parts, yet also avoid too great a distance between them.  You want spark the emotions not just ideas.
Use primarily objective sensory description. Haiku are based on the five senses. They are about things you can experience, not your interpretation or analysis of those things. To do this effectively, it is good to rely on sensory description, and to use mostly objective rather than subjective words.
Practice Practice  Practice Basho said that each haiku should be a thousand times on the tongue. To all the
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people who say you must read good haiku, and not just translations from the Japanese but the best literary haiku being written in English. To learn haiku properly, it is important to take it beyond the superficial or even sometimes incorrect ways it has been taught in most grade schools. It is important to distinguish between pseudo-haiku that says whatever it wants in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern and literary haiku that adheres to the use of season words, a two-part juxtaposition structure, and primarily objective sensory imagery “OldSchoolHaiku Just Wanna Have Fun!!”   We are new and trying to learn the finer points of haiku.
3 lines (5+7+5=17 syllables)>"kigo"<"kireji"> =OldSchoolHaiku!

Quotes I have found interesting as I hyper-search the web in my quest for meaning of Haiku.  Please feel free to e-mail yours as all opinions are welcome here.
"Haiku is more than a form of poetry; it is a way of seeing the world. Each haiku captures a moment of experience; an instant when the ordinary suddenly reveals #haiku its inner nature and makes us take a second look at the event, at human nature, at life."~A.C. Missias