Saturday, December 10, 2005


Snow whispering down
All day long, earth has vanished
Leaving only sky.
- Joso
I read in the paper about all the snow in the more northern parts of our country, and it reminded me of above haiku. Many writers are drawn to haiku because of its brevity and the simplicity of the syllable structure - 3 lines: 5,7,5 syllables. But haiku is actually more complex than counting syllables. Haiku usually is more suggestion than statement, the subject is typically nature, and haiku has two thoughts: the first is what the poet observes, and the second is the poet's personal feelings or interpretation of that observation. Give it a try!

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