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English experientialist in open verse&creator of the FOOTLE couplet&EMAGI ekphrasis

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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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10/1/2023 COLOURED CREATIVITY Verseimagination,inspirational
9/30/2023 INTERACTIVITY Versepoetry,
9/28/2023 EXPERIMENTAL Versepoetry,
9/28/2023 GNARLED but mature Coupletchristian,tree,
9/28/2023 A GRACEFUL FACE Ekphrasisart,
9/27/2023 WINDOW SHOPPING Ekphrasisart,
9/27/2023 CONVERSATION in the day room Cinquainage,
9/27/2023 RELISH THE RICHNESS Versepoetry,
9/26/2023 THE LETTER of LOVE Romanticismlove,wife,
9/25/2023 AN APPLE a day Epigramchristian,words,
9/25/2023 MY SEARCH Biochristian,faith,
9/24/2023 AUTUMNAL aura Quatrainautumn,
9/24/2023 MISTY MORN Imagismautumn,morning,
9/22/2023 A Quintain CArPe DIeM Epigramlife,
9/21/2023 ABSENCE Verseabsence,age,loneliness,
9/21/2023 IMMINENT happening Verseinspiration,word play,
9/20/2023 FLOATING AWAY Versepoetry,
9/20/2023 FLUTTERINGS Tristichinspiration,
9/20/2023 AN EKPHRASIS aloud Versepoets,
9/20/2023 FADED Verseretirement,
9/19/2023 TRUE LOVE agape way Coupletlove,
9/19/2023 SHADOW SYMBOLS Verseextended metaphor,
9/15/2023 MY OASIS Biochristian,fruit,love,wate
9/13/2023 KISMET Biolove,
9/12/2023 VISION - WORDS ALIVE Sonnetchristian,word play,
9/11/2023 JUKEBOX jive Biodance,music,
9/10/2023 WIND its elementary Coupletwind,
9/10/2023 ETHEREAL beauty Versebeauty,
9/9/2023 KNITTING A POETIC RIB Versedream,word play,
9/9/2023 SUNSET hiku Haikusunset,
9/8/2023 THOSE WERE GRAN'S DAYS Rhymefamily,history,
9/8/2023 BUTTERFLY sonnet Sonnetbutterfly,
9/7/2023 OPEN verse- AN EXPLANATION in verse Listpoetry,word play,
9/7/2023 CONTRASTS an open verse Versepoetry,
9/6/2023 WYETH Ekphrasis Lanterneart,
9/6/2023 VANILLA slice SO NICE Free versefood,
9/6/2023 PARAPHERNALIA an open form Versepoetry,word play,
9/5/2023 ON A DECAYING LOG Monokunature,
9/5/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 20 x 20 Versepoets,
9/4/2023 FALL SPLENDOUR Quatrainautumn,
9/4/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 19 Dramatic Versepoets,
9/3/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 18 Imagismchildhood,poets,word play
9/3/2023 FLUXUS Clerihewmusic,
9/2/2023 HELPMEET Pleiadeschristian,life,
9/2/2023 TASTE a senuous art Ekphrasisart,food,
9/2/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 17 Versepoets,
9/1/2023 IT HAPPENED ONE RAINY NIGHT continued Quatrainlove,
9/1/2023 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Quatrainlost love,love hurts,
9/1/2023 LOVE POETS and RIME Rhymelove,poetry,
9/1/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 16 Coupletpoets,
8/31/2023 POET'S A TO Z aloud No 15 Ekphrasispoets,
8/30/2023 JUST TO SAY Rhymeword play,
8/30/2023 62 years and counting Romanticismanniversary,celebration,l
8/30/2023 POET'S A-Z aloud No 14 Quatrainpoets,
8/29/2023 GERRY Personificationanimal,
8/29/2023 A PATERNAL VERBAL letter Rhymebaby,
8/29/2023 A VOICE in my head Rhymenostalgia,
8/29/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 13 Free verselanguage,poets,
8/28/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 12 Clerihewpoets,
8/27/2023 FRUITY and FUNNY -Giuseppe A Limerickart,
8/27/2023 COLOUR alliterate Coupletart,color,
8/27/2023 CHIMERA of the times Rhymeweather,
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8/26/2023 A HEARTFELT PLEA Coupletchristian,good morning,
8/26/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 10 Tristichpoets,
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8/25/2023 BREATH of WIND a personification Imagismwind,
8/25/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 9 Quatrainart,poets,
8/24/2023 POETRY in my SOUP Rhymehumor,
8/24/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud No 8 Ekphrasispoets,
8/23/2023 NETTLE Personificationgarden,
8/23/2023 ARTS defined IN rime Rhymeart,poetry,
8/23/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud no 7 Free versepoets,
8/22/2023 BEAUTIFUL girls Tristichbeautiful,flower,
8/22/2023 POET'S A TO Z aloud No 6 Free versepoets,
8/21/2023 CHAGALL - BELLA -ART-inspiration Free verseart,
8/21/2023 'SWEET IDLENESS' the dolce niente Free verselonely,philosophy,
8/21/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud no 5 Free versepoets,
8/20/2023 MILK container PERSONIFIED Coupletfood,
8/20/2023 POET'S A TO Z aloud no 4 Coupletpoets,
8/19/2023 POET'S A TO Z aloud No 3 Tristichhistory,
8/18/2023 ETHEREALITY Verseplaces,
8/18/2023 POET'S A to Z aloud no 2 Free versepoets,
8/17/2023 POETS A to Z aloud-1 Tristichpoets,
8/16/2023 Z is for zen Epigramchristian,philosophy,
8/16/2023 Y is for YESHUA Ekphrasisart,christian,
8/15/2023 TABLEAU vivant Monokuart,
8/15/2023 CREATIVE WRITING recited Didacticimagination,
8/15/2023 X is for X Epigramhumor,
8/15/2023 PRB the genre Ekphrasisart,black african america
8/14/2023 A SOCIAL MEDIA OBSERVATION Alliterationaddiction,analogy,
8/14/2023 CLERIHEW durer Clerihewart,
8/14/2023 HOLY SPIRIT dwelling place AN EMAGI Didacticchristian,life,teacher,
8/14/2023 SCULPTURE analysed Didacticart,
8/13/2023 W is for WORDPLAY ie poetry Didacticword play,
8/13/2023 SUR REAL surveyed Didacticart,
8/13/2023 OUT MY WINDOW Bioprayer,
8/13/2023 THOUGHTS a freed verse Free versepoetry,
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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
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
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature,
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,
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,music,
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,
Blue Tears On Parchment Prose Poetrydevotionwords,
A Poets Lonely World Of Love I do not know?love,sensual,

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