The Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry, using just 17 syllables. It creates a snapshot in words, capturing big ideas in small details; a moment in time, an image, a feeling, a memory and a part of the author, with beauty, simplicity and brevity. ย Writing them has enabled me to see things in a new light and sometimes revealed things in the world or in me, which I had no idea were there. It would be inappropriate to write too much here, since in the world of Haiku, few words speak the loudest. I just hope that some of these snapshots awaken something in you and we can share a moment……

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  1. This sounds like a very difficult form to master. I will investigate further.

  2. nannus says:

    Looking at your Gravatar picture I just noticed you actually resemble Matsuo Basho a little bit. Reincarnation? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Hi there โ€“ just to let you know that I have tagged/nominated your blog for an award. Details at http://tinylessonsblog.com/2013/03/18/1489-words-of-thanks/. Congratulations!

  4. What a fantastic unifying theme for your blog, and you write them so well…applause!!! I saw today’s one in my Reader when exploring the Poetry topic and the name of your blog intrigued me to read more..so glad I did, will be following your progress with this art form from now on!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Eva van Beek says:

    Hi Basho – It is a pleasure to let you know that I nominated you for the โ€œBest Moment Awardโ€ youโ€™ll find all you need to know on my website ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. douryeh says:

    Great blog! A diary at its best.

  7. Elia Bintang says:

    Yeah, haiku is not merely about the syllable rule. Without the other elements you mentioned, it’s just a 17-syllables poem. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. I really enjoy haiku, and found writing it to be extremely soothing during stressful times. Something about quieting your thoughts and editing out the unnecessary… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Basho Barr says:

      Absolutely – me too. It really brings us back to the moment. I like the discipline of fitting them in to the fixed number of syllables too. It forces you to really focus on the image and the feeling for a while, until the words are just right ๐Ÿ™‚ If I am just writing a poem, I formulate a feeling into words, but when I am juggling syllables, sometimes something completely new reveals itself to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi, Hope you are well. I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for โ€œThe Versatile Blogger Awardโ€ the criteria and acceptance info can be found here:http://richardankerswrites.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/ should you choose to accept.

  10. CultFit says:

    How do I begin to โ€“ Thank You โ€“ for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing?!? I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

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