Haiku is a short, 17 syllable form of poetry that captures one moment in time. (Though often there are fewer than 17 syllables in modern haiku.) Often there is a surprise or "aha" moment. And always there must be a reference to season or nature in some way. The form originated in the 17th Century in Japan. One man is referred to as the master of that time, and still carries the title today. Matsuo Basho. One of his most famous haiku captures the form perfectly:
old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
With all the nature I have been immersed in lately, and so many pictures to take, I have been enjoying haiga, Which is haiku paired with a painting or photograph.
blue sky criss-crossed
red-tailed pauses for a breath
a powerful viewpoint
I have written quite a few haiga at my personal blog, Tamarack Writes. And am writing them every Monday. Stop by there to read more, or share your haiku with me.
Or share them here in the comments! Let's spread the haiku love.