Haiku Poetry and How to Write it! (part 2)

Pen & Ink by Trisha Sugarek


In Japan the Samurai/poets would frequently write Haiku before battle. Death poems were considered a necessity, graceful, natural, and emotionally neutral, in accordance with the teachings of Buddha.

Like a rotten log
half buried in the ground
my life, which has not flowered,
to this sad end. 
Minamoto Yorimasa  1104-1180

Samurai Song  ©  T.Sugarek

delicate blossom
rests in the still gnarled hand
bruised petals weep tears

weary eyes open
tiny cuts, the body bleeds
peace still years away

sun rise breaks the hill
heralds another battle
draw your sword and charge

   ( Three sets, three lines each.     First line = 5 syllable, second line = 7 syllables, third line = 5 syllables) Traditionally, some reference to nature should be included.

Original pen, brush & ink by Trisha Sugarek
Original pen, brush & ink by Trisha Sugarek

Farewell in the Rain  ©

rain drips through the trees                                     
kissing soft eyebrows and skin
overflowing eyes

tongue steals a rain drop
from the beloved’s ripe cheek
or was it a tear

goodbye soaked in the rain
farewell cries the broken heart
more tears rain drops blend

When I first starting writing this timeless style of poetry, I would very often write the poem first, not worrying about too many words/syllables.  Then I would edit and pare it down to its simplest form.   Now, I do tend to think, dream and write a poem in Haiku style.  That will come.

Featured in her book, The World of Haiku
Featured in her book, The World of Haiku

Try it!  If you would like, send me your efforts and I will publish your Haiku on my blog (with full credit to you, of course)

For more about Haiku and how to create it click here   
Haiku posted here is by blogger, Trisha Sugarek


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