Re-organized my blog and this collection of haiku I put together three years ago, now has its own page.
Thought I’d put it out there, in case you didn’t see it earlier – tucked away in a cluttered sidebar.
The page has a feedback option as well, so do share your thoughts – on the collection, on haiku, on Basho, on travel, on life!
a solitary leaf stirs in the snow
the footprints are fading
For CDHK where the inspiration is a melancholic haiku.
honey glazed sky
the secret poems of dawn
For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘Sense Switching‘ or ‘Synesthesia’ technique in which the poet presents an unexpected or different sensory aspect of the object. “..closely associating a sensory experience of one kind with a sensory experience of another..” -Toshimi Horiuchi
pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound
the sea darkens —
a wild duck’s call
at a crossroads
asking for directions
For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘Pseudo Science‘ technique which is not merely a distorted view of science presented with poetic license but a valid thought process in the “other reality” that exists in the poet’s mind. “…what we see or experience there is so real that we report it as a normal phenomenon. Thus my name “pseudo-science..” – Jane Reichhold
a falling sound
that sours my ears
all of infinity
in an infinitesimal double helix
For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘Paradox” technique which encourages the reader to ponder about the juxtaposition of two incongruous realities. “..one must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion…” – Søren Kierkegaard
whatever you may say
a morning of snow
in this churn of sky and sea and time
from whom will the mind
For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘riddle” technique that tries not to posture as intriguing rhetoric but to trigger, like a Zen Koan, philosophical introspection. An old classic is “ “Am I a butterfly dreaming I am a man or a man dreaming I am a butterfly?”
has spring come
or the year gone away?
second last day
dark clouds rumble
a lone mynah
swallows a tear
For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘Narrowing Focus” technique in which you start with a wide-angle lens for the 1st line, switch to a normal lens for the 2nd and zoom in for a close up for the 3rd line, drawing the reader to a single basic element of the haiku.
not a house without
a persimmon tree