All about Haiku and Senryu

Saturday, August 20, 2011

You never know what you might see on a daily 100 mile drive...

...across the prairie. Prairie Surprise Amid cows grazing the Flint Hills grasses, there are camels in Kansas. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A clever way...

Here is a clever way of explaining the structure of haiku to kids: Haiku is a very interesting type of poem, invented by the Japanese long, long ago. The poem has a prescription, or formula, by which it must be written. If you do not follow the formula, you do not have a haiku. Here it is, in the form of a haiku: First five syllables Second seven syllables Third five syllables What my little haiku means is that each line has a specific number of syllables, or beats. Count them. The reference... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Haiku vs Senryu...

I found this simple discription of the contrast of the two forms on the web at: http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/haiku/senryu.html Here is a short quote that I found especially illuminating..... At the simplest level, haiku are verse about nature and humanity, written in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, while senryu are haiku-like verse, not necessarily about nature, not necessarily in that pattern. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Seasons changing across the expanse...

Observing changes through the lense of haiku. Fall's Prairie Full with shades of brown, hints of green, summer's embers - grasses in autumn. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Another haiku...

More "driving across the prairie" poetry... Cloud A single cloud floats across prairie sky, casting shadow on the hills. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fairbanks Alaska in June...

The sun never sets, and things grow and grow and grow. From reading books, one doesn't focus on this hot phase of the tundra seasons.... Alaska Summer Strange day's ceaseless light embraces whirling flurries- dandelion snow Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Have you ever heard of a Senryu?

This is probably my favorite type of poem these days--as a working single mom I can compose one of these in my head with the goal of a witty or poignant or jocular comment on what or who I am observing in my environs.... Merriam Webster Dictionary describes senryu as: a 3-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A haiku I wrote for a daily contest...

Cowboy Walk him cool and rub him dry; clean stall; pitch hay--My horse always comes first. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 7, 2009

You never know what you might see on a daily 100 mile drive...

...across the prairie....page 9... Prairie Surprise Amid cows grazing the Flint Hills grasses, there are camels in Kansas. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another poem about my children when they were small...

Little hand, holding mine, lets go—“Mommy, look! Up there! The moon’s folded.” Sign in to see full entry.

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