In regards to Basho and his haiku from yesterday's post, I decided to try my hand at composing a brief verse or two. The 'rules' of haiku: each poem is made up of three lines with five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. The subject is usually an image in nature and captures a moment in time.
The English translations of yesterday don't exactly follow the meter 5/7/5/ meter, but I am sure the syllable count in the original Japanese does.
I poked around and found a website that helps the budding haiku-ist build a poem. Begin typing in the box at the top of the web page and the syllables are counted for you - you won't have to use your fingers to keep track! Below are five little gems I came up with this morning. Go to write a haiku and see what you can do. Please share your efforts with me in the comments. Have fun!
Autumn colors blaze
on hillsides and park lanes - time
to light the home fires
Last rose of summer
Glowing pink on trellis in yard -
Hand me my clippers
Farmers market jewels
Still ripe with reds and yellows -
Where's the olive oil?
Bacon sizzling in pan,
Fresh eggs wanting to be cracked -
Pour the coffee please
Bookshelves groan with the
Weight of a million words, ideas -
Time to purge perhaps