On this page, you will find some of my haiku and senryu. In case you have never heard of haiku, here is some information.
- It’s originally a Japanese poetic form from the 17th century and has traveled the world since. I discovered this poetic form while studying Latin American literature. Haiku play a significant role in modernismo.
- It has three lines and 17 syllables only. In its origin, these 17 syllables were sounds. Today, a haiku can be even shorter than 17 syllables.
- It’s written in the present and from an observing point of view
- It often has a seasonal reference or a seasonal word (jap. kigo)
- It has a “sister form” called senryu which is more personal, emotional, or abstract.
- Sometimes you will find haiku written in one line, a so-called monoku.
More on haiku and senryu you can read here.
A Selection of Haiku And Senryu
I leave my trace
shift your perspective
most things are not what they seem
nor what they pretend
luscious flower beds
stretch across my garden space –
my heart buds open
guilty shadows hang
beneath the clouds of presence –
tomorrow they’re past
as rose buds open
I cherish a butterfly
for its sheer beauty
on Saturday’s farm market –
a xenial spice
as you open up –
all your thoughts turn to crystals
more precious than gold
processing grief –
a constant walk on eggshells
crumbling even more
stop fearing yourself –
Life itself doesn’t go extinct
it may transform, though
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Nicole Erika is a self-realized writer and coach who reminds you of the Ease Of Creation and the Joy of Self-Expression.