Thursday, December 18, 2008


Hai-ku. Kan-yu?


I have decided that my life could be adequately expressed in a series of Haikus. Are you familiar with haiku? It is a Japanese form of poetry (I think so, anyway) consisting of three lines, the first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables and the third has five syllables.
Here are some samples of my Nipponic attempts:


I wish I could write
I would tell a dark story
That no one would read
_________

I hear the music
It flows over my body
and jangles my mind
__________
I'll tell your fortune
Sit down, and show me your palm
It's all written there
__________
I gather sea shells
From yard sales, not from the sea
It's much easier
__________
I tried to hate you
But it was impossible
I love you too much
___________
The day is over
I hear the clock striking twelve
Now I'll go to sleep
___________

5 comments:

DCup said...

Those are fabulous. From serious to whimsical. I love it!

Spartacus said...

Nice job. That's some life. I tried to say #4 really fast five times and got my tongue tied in a knot.

Randal Graves said...

I dig these much! And don't listen to your brain, we'd read your story.

Harry said...

Hi Z,

I like your Hai-ku especially the one about finding sea shells at garage sales.

fingers said...

Strictly speaking Z-san, there should be some reference to the seasons in a haiku...