Poetic Rhyme

— Haiku and Haiku Septet —

       On Gossamer Wings
   ~~  a haiku  by tkbrown  ~~

          On Gossamer wings
         tiny visions are afloat
          fulfilling my dreams.


      ~~  a haiku  by tkbrown  ~~

             The hurricane blows,
 a big limb spikes through the roof --
         Squirrel babes need home,


                Summer into fall
         ~~  a haiku  by tkbrown  ~~

             Summer's hottest days
       are the ones toward its end --
               and then, fall begins.


                 First Cup of Coffee
           ~~  a haiku  by tkbrown  ~~

                   First cup of coffee
             in early morn casts away
                 the grey fog of night.


                             Winter . . .
               ~~  a haiku  by tkbrown  ~~

                    First snow of the year
                   in Wyoming and Utah --
                       winter's on its way!


                    Cooling Our Fall . . .
           ~~  a haiku septet  by tkbrown

                Nights are cooler now,
              the days unbearably hot.
                 Fall will be here soon.
                   Cooler nights begin
          to cool both ends of the days --
                 morning and evening.
                Then the midday temp
         brings forth a welcome relief --
                   colors bright array!
                Hills and vales display
         bright colors on God's palette --
                  Fiery, vibrant view!
                Apples and pumpkins,
            with acorn and butternut --
                paint the food display.
                   Everywhere colors
         show mellowing with the age --
                   quaintly beautiful!
               Paving a path with love
             as the end appears ahead --
                       a transitioning.


Haiku — The traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in 5/7/5 syllable line-count format. The haiku often focuses on images from nature. It emphasizes simplicity, intensity and directness of expression.

Haiku began in thirteenth-century Japan as the opening phrase of “Renga,‘ an oral poem which generally was one hundred stanzas in length — also composed syllabically. The much shorter haiku broke away from the renga in the sixteenth century. It was mastered a century later by Matsuo Basho, who wrote the following classic haiku:

                                         An old pond!
A frog jumps in.
The sound of water.

As the haiku form has evolved, many rules have been broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time, a use of provocative, colorful images, an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.

The haiku philosophy influenced poet Ezra Pound, who noted the power of its brevity and juxtaposed images. He wrote, “The image itself is speech. The image is the world beyond formulated language (The Academy of American Poets).

Above, in the Haiku septet, I have taken the liberty to link back to the days of yore — in abbreviated form of seven instead of one-hundred stanzas — to create an elongated version. I may be a lone camper, but I believe the three-line, seventeen syllable rendition in traditional 5/7/5 format works quite well in the longer creation.


Source: The Academy of American Poets. (29 February 2016). “Haiku: Poetic Form.” (10 September 2019). https://poets.org/text/haiku-poetic-form.


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