I’ve set myself a new writing challenge and that’s to write a haiku every day for not the next year, as is the fashion with challenges like ‘I’m going to take a photograph every day/not drink for a year/try to drink only
six three espressos a day/meditate every day’ (which is something I’m actively doing trying to do).
When I write haiku, I always manage to write more than one, so I’m hoping by the end of the year, I’ll have about 500
to put on flashcards to educate the community about poetry to publish into a collection, as well as my favourite medium haibun and tanka.
Haibun is form a Japanese prose that combines prose and haiku. It is highly descriptive; the writing is intense and the writing is followed by a haiku to kind of ‘settle’ the poem at the end. The haiku is like a breath; an exhalation so you can move onto the next.
Tanka is another form of Japanese poetry that has been rethought and modernised. It’s a classical genre of Japanese prose and traditionally means ‘short poem’, and is slightly different to the haiku. Here are the haiku I wrote yesterday at Blackstar …
takes child walking
Thin boned blue wigged girl,
ankles clanging as she
skips across the black.
Blued shirted, perspiring man
speaks with a young Serbian.
They are new friends.
Driftwood from citrus.
Mandarin I can’t taste,
so bruised, I forget.