In Victoria’s blog, http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/, for Wordsmith Wednesday, she goes into some detail on the haiku, specifically on Jane Hirschfield’s book: “The Heart of Haiku.”
Being somewhat of a poetry snob, I always considered haiku something one wrote when writer’s block interrupted the writing of real poetry. A couple of months ago, during a major writing block, I began researching haiku just for something to do. I spent a day reading the works of Basho and other notable haiku writers. I also read about the philosophy behind haiku. I found it to be very beautiful, with many levels of meaning springing from that eastern philosophy.
It called to mind a phrase from the movie: “The Last Samurai” (a great movie). Kin Watanabe’s character, Katsumoto, was looking at cherry blossoms when Tom Cruise’s character, Algren, walked up. Katsumoto said, “The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.”
I’m not sure that we of the Western World can ever achieve that mindset. Until we do, all we can hope for is an honest effort when writing a haiku. I no longer consider them a lesser form of poetry. They may well be the apex.
Since my research, I have only attempted one haiku. It can be seen at https://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/she-weeps/. This is my second attempt.
by Mike Patrick
Summer sun dries out
the lotus blossom’s wet home.
It’s soul still lingers.