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Blog Posted:5/2/2013 4:52:00 PM
I am never writing another Haiku----call it pouting---I agree--that's what is is---too many rules, too many ------WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 90 percent no 99 percent of the people that write them---including me don't do it right so why bother!! This is one to leave to the purists----------------------DONE!!! And 99% of you that are reading this think you write good Haiku----you don't----don't worry---neither do I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Date: 5/9/2013 9:13:00 AM
    I’m going to put on my waders for this one. I’ve written several “haiku” since joining poetry soup, some good, most not. While there are “rules” for writing in English, there are also Jazz Haiku, the Beat haiku of Ginsburg and Kerouac, and interpretations other than in English. My conclusion is that there are many acceptable ways to write Haiku, not all of which rely on strict syllable count, the three-line convention, references to nature, or even the cutting word. So, I just enjoy myself, and never hesitate to take the liberty of exceptions to the English traditions if they work for my intentions and enjoyment.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2013 2:07:00 PM
    I agree, Haiku is perhaps the most difficult poem to write... not just putting three lines down on the page and call it Haiku...there is more depth to this form of poetry.

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  1. Date: 5/4/2013 2:04:00 PM
    I agree, Haiku is perhaps the most difficult poem to write... not just putting three lines down on the page and call it Haiku...there is more depth to this form of poetry.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 11:34:00 AM
    LOL...I hope to be alive a lot longer & I like puzzles now that I CAN write a haiku I still have to work on writing a GOOD one LOL

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 11:24:00 AM
    Shakespeare broke the rules when he wrote his sonnets. Don't sweat the small stuff, just write.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 8:53:00 AM
    I'm loving this blog......!!!! As for my own attempts at haiku poetry,....I've been trying to get a grip on it by watching Deb and Charles......but still....if I happen to get one right, it's purely by accident!!

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 8:28:00 AM
    I'm exploring haiku, yeah, but I LOVE metaphor and the haiku that moves me most, contains it. PUBLISHED, RECOGNIZED haiku. So, when someone says, "Nope. REAL haiku can't have metaphor. It's a rule." I go all Mr. T on them. "WATCHA TALKING ABOUT, FOOL!" I learn by reading, writing, exploring, questioning and yes, yes, even listening. then I put it in the pot, give it mix, flavour it MY way and see if I like the taste. If I do, then I'm happy.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 5/3/2013 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okay--I'll try :D
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/3/2013 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I encourage you to read one haiku a day from that site for 14 days. Write haiku when you want. After two weeks, are YOU happier with your haiku?
  1. Date: 5/3/2013 8:21:00 AM
    One from the site that I loved: beyond the horizon/ a tractor/ ploughing the sky

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 8:19:00 AM go there. RIGHT NOW. Click on the yesterday button. Read four of them. What do you see? Are they identical in form? Are they unique, personal? check it out!

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 8:04:00 AM
    I hear all of you and must say I do have every respect for the true Haiku devotees like Charles and Debbie and actually feel bad that it appears to be a form that is the least understood. Cyndi seem to have it down too. Debbie, bless her soul has tried to help me but rocks can't swim so---I don't know.

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Hi, Daddy-O! :) A few years ago, a friend of mine was going through a devasting divorce. She had a sixteen month old, had just bought a old fixer uper (mice, rot, poor insulation, weeds four feet high) and then, in the midst of chaos, her husband leaves her for another woman. I was there. I was there A LOT. Together, we explored the concept of zen. Tuning out what doesn't matter, zoning in on what does. As a writer and closet poet, I explored haiku. What intested me about haiku is the concept that it is about the moment! And that moment can be both universal in truth and completely personal. NEVER let the opinions of others deter your creative path. What makes you happy, do... if a haiku captures something real, significant and meaningful for you, then let capture it! And if you like haiku, read haiku, discover for yourself that opinions differ. Look at the Western haiku of the sixties, Basho, Check out Natalie Goldburg... One great website i really love is look at todays! It is lovely and deep and very emotional. Don't direct a very WELL DESERVED pout at the poor, defenseless haiku (I have promised another on soup I will behave, oh, but I'm ready to blow up. so the lip is zipped, but only just barely! LOL!) haiku LOVES you. ;-) haiku is patient, giving, accepting. Haiku accepts everything you want to give it. Haiku does not know judgement, does not count syllables. Haiku just ... is... like zen. If you dont like haiku, it just smiles and waves and says, "all is fine. I'm here when you want me." Haiku is indulgent. Anyway, write what you love, write what you feel, and damn the cannons and the balls on some people. LOL. Ooops one slip. Just a one. HUGS!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/3/2013 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You make perfect sense, Cyndi. I have stated ages ago that I have been told (and I believe this as well), that all Zen is haiku, but not all haiku is Zen. If a few well chosen words could move you and someone else as well in the process.... 100 years from now, someone might read it and say: "That is what I needed right now".....
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/3/2013 11:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Great explanation and it helped me understand Haiku a little more. Suz
  1. Date: 5/3/2013 5:56:00 AM
    see my 'haiku fanatics' shouldn't tie itself up in knots with rules - write what you feel comfortable writing, what comes naturally and what you personally would like to read...I enjoy metaphor, imagery and even a bit of rhyme within haiku, I think it works well, so why not use it? I'm happy writing my technically incorrect haiku or 'short verse' as it has been called lol

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 2:06:00 AM
    Craig ,Traditional haiku may have these 'rules' when written in Japanese or when translated therefrom. English language 'haiku' (ie Western ) are merely imitative of the Japanese style (in truth an impossible objective , hence the problem you have highlighted).The only 'rule' for a English language 'triplet' (or for all 'haiku' for that matter) is the same for all verse ,IS IT POETIC. Ignore the 'purists' keep writing triplets if you so wish,label them 'free verse' or 'verse'.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 12:45:00 AM
    Thanks goodness you said it, i haven't a clue xx

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 12:06:00 AM
    I know what you mean. I've had some advice on this and still I think that most who read mine think it's total bunk. No one seems to stick to the 5-7-5 rule of syllables tough I'm meticulous about that. Also...the dramatic turn at the end of the second line...then there is content....nature! Got it right? What else is missing....I really want to know! :-)

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 5/4/2013 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Suzette! :) Frankly, after all this I'd be scared to death to attempt another one!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/3/2013 12:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is no longer 5-7-5, .... Ruben's blog regarding the "Or Not" regarding haiku was the most informative post I have seen on the
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 10:15:00 PM
    Aaaaha haha ha HAHAHAHAHAHA oooo hooo hoooooo hee hee(tears of joy are now streaming down my face)hee hee teehee a ah aaah ah ha ho ho HOHOHOHOHO(my neighbour's lights just turned on)bwahahahahaha HA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHA ahaa haaaaa..... ....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah eoieioeoieueie hee hee oooo~! Thanks man, that felt so good!

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  1. Date: 5/2/2013 9:40:00 PM
    : D ... Somebody needs a hug. : D

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/3/2013 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Maybe you could repost your blog, Ruben. Just to remind us all that we are here to have fun .... :-)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 5/2/2013 9:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with you: too many rules ... (that's the challenge).
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 7:29:00 PM
    I have to add that the Haiku purists of are of good intention but give us all a break-----if all forms of poetry had soooooooo many rules------we would be all sitting by and watching paint dry------------just my thought-----------sorry.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/3/2013 12:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 5/2/2013 8:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's my attempt at an anti-haiku haiku.. although the format didn't work out so well haha
    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 5/2/2013 8:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    countless rules murder inspiration-- paint dries ;)
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 7:16:00 PM
    From now on all my haiku's are going to be called "I don't knows". Cheers everybody. Rick

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/2/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am with you on this one, Rick. Now why did I not think of
  1. Date: 5/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
    LOL, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing is elementary around here... :-) I love the way you spiked this blog... I thought I was walking into another DUMB ..I know Haiku and you don't LESSON!! Instead I get a s*r3w you KU'.... Talk about LOL :-) that is why we love you. xox~ LINDA

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 5/3/2013 1:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


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