Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Haiku Challenge, Day 1

Well here it goes. The Haiku Challenge 2012 to write in february every day a haiku on a given theme. This days theme (as you can read above) is Freestyle. In my opinion freestyle means 'write a haiku on every theme you can think about', but I think also freestyle means 'let loose the classical 5-7-5 structure'. And that's of course my goal. As you can read in the description of my blog I write in the so called 'Kanshicho-style', this is a style in which Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), a haiku master, wrote several years. In that style the classical syllable count isn't used. So here it goes.

such sadness
the spring wind has molested
cherry blossoms

The sadness is in the scattering of the Cherry Blossom. The Japanese were very anxious before wind as the Cherry trees began to bloom.

Credits: Cherry Blossoms

Another one, also on cherry blossom:

cherry blossoms fall -
it feels like an eternity
before summer

I think this first day of The Haiku Challenge was a good one. See you tomorrow.



Hettienne Grobler said...

I love the second one and the photograph!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The word "molested" is a powerful turning point in this delightful haiku!

Andy Sewina said...

Cherry blossom - lovely!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Summer can't come soon enough for me either! Your cherry blossom haiku are soft and heavenly!

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beccagivens said...

I should learn more about the 'Kanshicho-style' style of Haiku ... but I will have to wait until after the challenge!! Powerful set ... I enjoyed them -- as always!! Blessings ~ becca

Someone is Special said...


Welcome to the challenge! Dozo yoroshikku.. That's the best way to write a haiku for the theme, 'Freestyle' and Arigato for writing such beautiful ones.. Loved both the ones..

Someone is Special

Grace said...

I like that you are referring to the way the haiku is originally written. It is more than just 3 lines of 17 syllables.

I like your cherry blossoms haiku and picture too ~

Blossom Vydrina said...

these are lovely
probably closer to the feeling of haiku than strict syllable counts

... said...

oozing with hopefulness & positivity.
Lovely haiku.

Chèvrefeuille said...

What a wonderful comments. I love being in this Haiku Challenge and I am glad that there are a few new visitors here on my weblog. Thank you for visiting.

being together
poets with the same love
Japanese haiku

Thank you all for passing by.