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I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.Read MY FOUR TENETS OF CREATIVITY ,a free ebook (in OPEN VERSE) & my ARTICLES ON POETRY   at BOOKS (print copies $25 postpaid )FLOWERS of LIFE  the american cinquains by William Soutar, isbn 978 1903203477 I edited and published in 2005 see original  link SHORTHAND OF THE HEART a selection of poetic form published 2005 isbn 1 903203422whilst the third POIEMA a selection of Ekphrasis published 2006 isbn19032035 read free @

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Blog Posted:11/26/2011 1:23:00 AM
A question more often asked than answered!Two translators thereof said of them'little drops of poetic essence'(Sansom);'meditations...starting points of trains of thought'(Henderson).Taken together,these are perhaps 'the' essential guideline to this 'enigmatic'* form so clearly shown in this sad haiku by Chiyo (1703-75) the renown haiku poetess,married at 19,widowed at 26:

I sleep....I wake...

 How wide

The bed with none beside

*many meanings from one thought

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Date: 11/27/2011 10:02:00 AM
Cyndi-Now you may have me rethink things when you throw in one of my favorite theme songs :)
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Date: 11/27/2011 5:25:00 AM
Hey Natalie-dear, listen carefully. You hear it, right? It's getting louder...the theme song to Jaws. Da dum. Da dum. comes a 'ku for you...
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Date: 11/26/2011 4:18:00 PM
Well Carrie and the rest of you that are fans of the Haiku...I'm happy for you. :) I'm w/ Tracie though...and I think they are more similar to liver and onions with no seasoning.
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Date: 11/26/2011 11:23:00 AM
How huge the essence of feeling, in so few words. I disagree, Tracie, the haiku is not a brussel sprout, it is a tender little sprout opening up to flower with beauty, in the sun. :)
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Date: 11/26/2011 8:58:00 AM
If you ponder the season of life, there is a nativity of spring, then the energy of summer, followed by autumn before the cold and stillness of winter. One of the things that tells us that autumn approaching is cooler mornings and the leaves change color...for us maybe it's the graying strands of hair, challenges to get those joints warmed up before rising from a sleep, there is more, but now read the Haiku by Murakami, Kijo...if you look there are many more connotations. "First autumn morning:" "the mirror I stare into" "shows my father's face." Murakami, Kijo. (1865-1938) Am I a fan of Haikus, no, not really, but I have six younger sisters and am the oldest and only brother...I have a protection vein within me. Just Ed :)
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Date: 11/26/2011 8:30:00 AM
This form of poetry forces the writer to stop and pay attention to the sounds, scents, tastes, and other sensations using a few syllables planting seeds allowing the reader's own thoughts to take what was written and allowing it to sprout into something more; only the unshackelled mind can do this...if this does not happen, then maybe the Haiku is poorly written or maybe the reader thinks in a box...just my thoughts :) ~ Peace
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Date: 11/26/2011 7:30:00 AM
More of a general approach in writing it in expression of a thought rather than spicifics subjects required. A poem is the poet's concept, not the reader. Thanks Brian. Agape, Moses
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Date: 11/26/2011 7:20:00 AM
WHAT ARE HAIKU?...they are the brussel sprouts of poetry...yuck!
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Date: 11/26/2011 3:09:00 AM
the rust twined with the sword// bones sparkle// the time gone through
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Date: 11/26/2011 2:34:00 AM
Greed head//cut off//by justice sword
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Date: 11/26/2011 2:05:00 AM
Look at my face... ...dead... youth has gone
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Date: 11/26/2011 1:48:00 AM
Thank you. That is a lovely, sharp, startling haiku.
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My Recent Poems

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5/25/2020 NONET NINETTE any whichway Nonetflower,poetry,word play,
5/24/2020 Vogon ME Vogonpoetry,surreal,word play,
5/24/2020 SEXTET my hexastich ECSTASY Verselove,passion,word play,
5/23/2020 10 6 7 7 an englyn quatriain Englynpoetry,word play,
5/22/2020 FOUND in May Versemay,nature,spring,
5/21/2020 NATURE in three lines Haikuinsect,nature,word play,
5/20/2020 FOUND in April Verseapril,nature,seasons,
5/19/2020 ---now for something different Ekphrasisimagery,silence,
5/19/2020 RHAPSODY in flight a song of PENTECOST Verseanniversary,birthday,chri
5/19/2020 ESCHATON daniel's diatribe Versechristian,future,history,
5/18/2020 DAYDREAMS fragile moments Cinqkudream,
5/18/2020 ADVENTURES of the IMAGINATION Epigramadventure,imagination,wor
5/16/2020 INTERPRETATIONS Verseemotions,word play,
5/15/2020 SHINING SPLENDOR Versechristian,imagery,
5/13/2020 IN A LANDSCAPE a musical ekphrasis Ekphrasisimage,music,
5/12/2020 I'LL NEVER FORGET this day Coupletlove,romance,wife,
5/12/2020 This I'LL NEVER FORGET Shapechristian,poetry,word pla
5/10/2020 a THREEfiveTHREE for thee Trioletimagery,lost love,
5/10/2020 WHO AM I a personification quiz Personificationjanuary,word play,
5/10/2020 DIM HEX a variation Diminished Hexaversepoetry,word play,
5/9/2020 COMPOUNDED in verse Haikuword play,
5/9/2020 ABC then onto Z ABCpoetry,word play,
5/9/2020 FAME the ethereal fifteen Versefantasy,word play,
5/8/2020 DOUBLE DIZAIN with a difference Dizainpoetry,word play,
5/8/2020 HAIKU-with movement Haikuinsect,nature,
5/7/2020 INSPIRATION Verseinspiration,word play,
5/6/2020 AGE has not AGED Verselove,romance,
5/5/2020 POETRY Verseperspective,poetry,word p
4/30/2020 LIVING today Verseloneliness,
4/30/2020 I AM a painting Personificationart,word play,
4/30/2020 a GRACE to bring CALM Haikuchristian,peace,
4/30/2020 EYE SHADOW Cinqkuart,
4/29/2020 SPRING RHYME with a difference Rhymespring,word play,
4/29/2020 A LIMERICK history Limerickhumorous,word play,
4/29/2020 A CINQUAIN butterfly Cinquainlove,passion,
4/29/2020 INNER VOICE Didacticchristian,spiritual,
4/29/2020 A WATERFALL haiku Haikulost love,
4/27/2020 I am-AN IMAGIST Listappreciation,image,imager
4/27/2020 I am-A SPORTING DEFINITION of me Listappreciation,sports,
4/27/2020 I am-A MUSIC DEFINITION of me Listappreciation,muse,
4/27/2020 I am -AN ART DEFINITION of me Listappreciation,art,
4/25/2020 IMAGIST EXTRACTION Imagismimagery,
4/24/2020 A pivotal PRACTICE Kyriellechristian,life,
4/24/2020 Love FLOWERS Rhymelove,
4/23/2020 NATURES CYCLE Versebird,death,nature,
4/21/2020 A RETROSPECTIVE Verseintrospection,nostalgia,
4/20/2020 SOPHISTICATES Verseflower,
4/19/2020 MUSINGS Verseintrospection,poetry,word
4/15/2020 'THE' DEFINITION of me Versechristian,words,
4/15/2020 A POETRY DEFINITION OF ME Listlife,poetry,word play,
4/14/2020 BLESSINGS Versechristian,song,
4/13/2020 SONGS of SELF a credal call Versechristian,poetry,
4/12/2020 I AM THE LORD Versechristian,poetry,
4/11/2020 NOT ONE BUT FOUR a recap Didacticengland,history,
4/11/2020 ENGLAND my england Didacticappreciation,england,hist
4/11/2020 ENGLAND the real story Didacticengland,history,
4/10/2020 FOOTLE a silhouette Footleimage,word play,
4/10/2020 ON THIS DAY Verseanniversary,christian,lov
4/9/2020 ARRESTED MOMENTS Monokuimage,word play,
4/9/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS dudley smith Verseappreciation,christian,po
4/9/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS kuhlmann Verseappreciation,poets,
4/8/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS appollinaire Verseappreciation,poets,
4/8/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS donne Tristichappreciation,poets,
4/7/2020 A CHEERFUL RHYME in a 6 line Rhymefantasy,film,nostalgia,
4/7/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS cage Imagismappreciation,silence,
4/7/2020 POETC FIRST LINERS solomon Verseappreciation,sensual,word
4/7/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS ferrar Verseappreciation,
4/7/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS donne Trioletappreciation,poets,
4/6/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS beatles Rhymeappreciation,music,word p
4/6/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS rossetti Verseappreciation,poets,
4/6/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS wordsworth Verseappreciation,people,poetr
4/6/2020 POETIC FIRST LINERS browning Verseappreciation,love,poetry,
4/6/2020 FAITH TREMBLES waits and rejoices Versefaith,life,
4/5/2020 THE SELF CONSCIOUS Verseintrospection,
4/4/2020 COUNTRY WALK IMAGES Versenature,
4/3/2020 A REVELATION Versechristian,words,
4/2/2020 INSPIRATION Verseart,inspiration,poetry,
4/1/2020 ABSTRACTIONS Verseart,
3/31/2020 ARRESTED MOMENTS leonardo Didacticart,words,
3/30/2020 LET YOURSELF GO a surreality Verseart,surreal,
3/29/2020 A KISS for this WORLD Versemusic,people,
3/27/2020 THE INDWELLING SPIRIT wheels within wheels Didacticchristian,words,
3/26/2020 EARTHLY BLUES a pure happenstance Verseemotions,sometimes,
3/25/2020 LITTLE VIGNETTES an art narrative Verseart,
3/24/2020 HAZARDOUS LIVING Verselife,
3/23/2020 OPEN EYED Versechristian,history,poetry,
3/22/2020 PICTURE PORTRAITS Verseallusion,art,
3/21/2020 A vanished ARCADIA Verselost,paradise,
3/20/2020 AN OUTLINE in transit Verseidentity,introspection,
3/19/2020 ASSEMBLIES of ABSURDITY Versechristian,education,
3/18/2020 SONG for a SABBATH DAY a psalm Versechristian,music,
3/17/2020 A POETRY PIECE Versepoetry,word play,
3/16/2020 SADLY Versepoetry,sad,word play,
3/15/2020 HAPPENING a poetry experience Didacticpoetry,voice,word play,
3/14/2020 ENNUI UNBROKEN Verseanxiety,
3/13/2020 LIFE BREATH a psalm Versechristian,poetry,
3/12/2020 ENTITLED Versepoetry,word play,
3/11/2020 RHETORIC poetics in process Versepoetry,word play,
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The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,,sweet lo
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Versefunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature,
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational
Coloring Page Sonnetallegorylove,

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