01 Apr 2011 @ 10:13 PM 

For those of you that are not aware, April is National Poetry Month. There are tons of poetry related activities going on and you can learn about many of them from The Academy of American Poets. Please hop over there and check out what’s going on, but, as my own little celebration of National Poetry Month (NPM), I’m going to attempt to post a poem here each day for the month.  Feel free to comment and discuss, or post a poem of your own, either in response or totally unrelated.  Also, if you are celebrating NPM on the web, please feel free to post a link.

I’ve always loved poetry and even dabbled in it a bit myself whether it’s lyrics for songwriting, stream of consciousness, slam poetry, or even Haiku.  I hope you enjoy this series, or, if not, I hope it will at least make you think a bit.

Let’s start this ball rolling with one of my favorite forms of poetry, Haiku.  The classic Haiku is a short poem that is three lines long with the first line having 5 syllables, the second having 7 and the final having 5 again.  Classic Japanese haiku typically contain a seasonal reference.  There are many variations on this, however.  Some don’t follow the 5-7-5 exactly.  And many don’t deal with seasonal references.  While classic haiku is not typically comical, Jen Thorpe (@QueenOfHaiku on twitter) runs a great site called “Haiku of Frustration” which consists of her own work as well as user submitted work that takes haiku to places the classical would fear to tread.  You should definitely check out the site, or her book by the same name.

My Haiku tends to be classically structured (5-7-5) and is spiritually based, although I have contributed a couple of “Frustration Haikus” to the Haiku Of Frustration site.  My purpose in the craft is to try to make a powerful thought in a tiny amount of words and at the same time, provide space for something that can be pondered for an extended period of time.  I almost never title them, I just put the date they were written.  So without further ado, here is my opening poem for National Poetry Month, 2011:

24 Oct 03
Escape Samsara?
Pain and joy still come and go,
As it always was.

Posted By: Lans
Last Edit: 19 Apr 2011 @ 07:00 PM

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