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An English poet in the open*(organic) form,creator of the FOOTLE

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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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POETICS an observation
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JULY 4 an historic event
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BYRON modesty & fishing for praise -a quote
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A B C D E of poetry
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TEST MATCH SPECIAL an historic event
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6/28/2022 PERFECTIONS Otherpoetry,
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6/27/2022 ichthys JUNE 27 Otherchristian,poetry,word pla
6/27/2022 ERUDITION Otherpoetry,
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6/26/2022 ichthys JUNE 26 Alliterationchristian,
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6/25/2022 CLERIHEW wright Clerihewart,people,
6/25/2022 ichthys JUNE 25 Epigramchristian,
6/25/2022 UNDERSTATEMENT Otherpoetry,
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6/24/2022 ichthys JUNE 24 Haikubible,christian,
6/24/2022 TAMING THE TRAUMA Otherpoetry,
6/23/2022 CLERIHEW weber Clerihewart,people,
6/23/2022 ichthys JUNE 23 Rhymechristian,
6/23/2022 FULFILMENT Otherpoetry,
6/22/2022 CLERIHEW hartley Clerihewart,people,
6/22/2022 ichthys JUNE 22 Fibonaccichristian,
6/22/2022 AMBIANCE Otherpoetry,
6/21/2022 CLERIHEW bellows Clerihewart,people,
6/21/2022 ichthys JUNE 21 Quintain (English)christian,
6/21/2022 DREAMCATCHER Otherpoetry,
6/20/2022 CLERIHEW sloan Clerihewart,people,
6/20/2022 ichthys JUNE 20 Free versechristian,
6/20/2022 PERSONALITIES Otherpoetry,
6/19/2022 CLERIHEW derain Clerihewart,people,
6/19/2022 ichthys JUNE 19 Coupletchristian,
6/19/2022 MOTIVES Otherpoetry,
6/18/2022 CLERIHEW marquet Clerihewart,people,
6/18/2022 ichthys JUNE 18 Cinqkuchristian,
6/18/2022 GAME CHANGING Otherpoetry,
6/17/2022 CLERIHEW vlaminck Clerihewart,people,
6/17/2022 ichthys JUNE 17 Rhymechristian,
6/17/2022 INSIGHTS Otherpoetry,
6/15/2022 CLERIHEW corinth Clerihewart,people,
6/15/2022 ichthys JUNE 16 Kyriellechristian,word play,
6/15/2022 SHAPES Otherpoetry,
6/15/2022 CLERIHEW hodler Clerihewart,people,
6/15/2022 ichthys JUNE 15 Concreteart,christian,
6/15/2022 MODERNITY Otherpoetry,
6/14/2022 CLERIHEW nicholson Clerihewart,people,
6/14/2022 ichthys JUNE 14 Shapechristian,
6/14/2022 STIMULUS Otherpoetry,
6/13/2022 CLERIHEW kupka Clerihewart,people,
6/13/2022 ichthys JUNE 13 Tristichchristian,poetry,word pla
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6/12/2022 CLERIHEW lipchitz Clerihewart,people,
6/12/2022 ichthys JUNE 12 Shapechristian,
6/12/2022 FLAWLESS Otherpoetry,
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6/11/2022 ichthys JUN 11 Cinquainchristian,
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6/10/2022 ichthys JUNE 10 Biochristian,
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6/9/2022 ichthys JUNE 9 Lanternechristian,
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6/5/2022 ichthys JUNE 5 Imagismchristian,
6/5/2022 A MIXED EXISTENCE Otherpoetry,
6/4/2022 CLERIHEW amanati Clerihewart,people,
6/4/2022 ichthys June 4 Tankachristian,
6/4/2022 withIN withOUT Otherpoetry,
6/3/2022 CLERIHEW hillyarde Clerihewart,people,
6/3/2022 ichthys JUNE 3 Fibonaccichristian,
6/3/2022 ALLUSIONS Otherpoetry,
6/2/2022 CLERIHEW hartung Clerihewart,people,
6/2/2022 CHANGE Otherpoetry,
6/2/2022 ichthys JUNE 2 Shapeart,christian,
6/1/2022 CLERIHEW gibson Clerihewart,people,
6/1/2022 ESCAPADES Otherpoetry,
6/1/2022 ichthys JUNE 1 Coupletchristian,
5/31/2022 CLERIHEW cozens Clerihewart,poetry,
5/31/2022 footle ART May 31 Footleart,word play,
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5/30/2022 CLERIHEW tiepolo Clerihewart,people,
5/30/2022 footle ART May 30 Footleart,word play,
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5/29/2022 CLERIHEW carriera Clerihewart,people,
5/29/2022 footle ART May 29 Footleart,word play,
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5/28/2022 CLERIHEW ricci Clerihewart,people,
5/28/2022 footle ART May 28 Footleart,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
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,
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,

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