creatures of the air
flit from shadow to sun splash
birdsong and seasons
Kim M. Russell, 19th October 2018
For this ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ episode, we have a reprise of the undou writing technique or ‘movement’. In the example haiku, there is very clear movement:
waterfall of colors
leaves whirl through the street –
© Chèvrefeuille (2012)
Chèvrefeuille reminds us that haiku is poetry of the moment, as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water, a static response to that short moment; but, as we bring movement into our haiku, it becomes a dynamic scene, livelier and more exciting – dynamics captured in three lines.
He says that nature is always moving and so it’s like a perpetuum mobile – and haiku is always changing too; the rules of writing haiku have changed like the waves, coming and going. Haiku is a perpetuum mobile in its pure form. Our goal is to capture the perpetual motion of the seasons, the undou of nature, in our haiku.