seeds glide on summer zephyr
as dandelions sway.
Today marks the start of the final week in my month long challenge to write a haiku on hive every day. So far the themes have covered everything from ancient wisdom in week one, inspiration in week two and the wonder of travel in week three, but for this final week I would like to bring it full circle back to traditional haiku.
The definition of Haiku is: an objective, Japanese short poem based on a nature theme. Haiku should have three lines consisting of the following number of syllables per line-- five, then seven, then five.
True haiku should contain one or two images that have a simplicity and clarity that cause a transcendent state. Haiku have been called the artistic equivalent of the practice of Zen Buddhism. By reflecting a simple moment of perfection, one finds the universal moment.
The haiku in this post attempts to capture what Japanese Haiku masters call Kigo (季語):
an explicit or implicit reference to a season, that defines the time of the year in which the haiku is composed.
Along with Yūgen (幽玄):
a sense of wonder and mystery representing the state of mind produced by the inexplicable fascination of things, the feeling of an 'other' universe, full of mysterious unity.
I have decided to challenge myself for a month to post a daily Haiku on Hive. Each week will have a different theme based on a picture prompt.
This week's broad theme is Reflection on Nature.
To read more about the aesthetics of true haiku, and the difference between haiku and senryu, please check out my post: Haiku Vs Senryu - The Aesthetics of Form
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