by the waterfall
swimming in shallows of grief
a goldfish glimmers
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Japanese painting found on Pinterest
My response to Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #5 creating beauty
In this week’s ‘weekend-meditation’, we have a new episode of ‘Writing and Enjoying Haiku’, inspired by Jane Reichhold’s book. The title is ‘creating beauty’ because, as Chèvrefeuille says, every haiku (or tanka) is a small piece of beauty, with short verses that say a lot; themes of nature, brevity of life, spirituality; the strong form, the relaxing sound of 5-7-5 or 5-7-5-7-7 syllables; and the beauty of the poet, the reader and their symbiosis. They may be short, but you can only create haiku from the heart and soul, not from the mind.
Chèvrefeuille suggests playing with the lay-out of haiku, for example to show movement of waves or grass, writing one-line haiku or creating haiga, He even suggests writing haiku vertically, the classical way. Our task is to create beauty, play with haiku and the tanka, and enjoy it!