I sent my friend (S.M.) my ‘Robin Haiku’ by email. It was she who had told me about Basho’s Haiku. And she replied:
Robin in tree
Sings clearly to sun
Bramble clearing fun
I thanked her by email, and later …. maybe in response to my Xmas 2014 poem, another popped into my inbox:
Happy New Year
Away from fear
of false Christmas cheer
We have discovered that Haikus can be a little bit addictive, and have had them going round in ours heads all day, here’s one of mine:
WINTER WALK Walkers muffled up Against the cold wind blowing Boots on, crunching ice
I’m sticking to the traditional 3 lines, in 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable format as it feels like a satisfying puzzle to solve. Apparently, according to Auntie Internet, modern Haikus can stray outside that form – and now I’m wondering if they traditionally have titles … maybe not?
And later from S.M.
Off to bed
ouch – my head
She is obviously from the modern school of Haiku – “Ah so”!
My last one of the night:
BABYSITTING Kids at last in bed
Snug as bugs in rugs, tucked up
Kitten sleeps on lap