HAIKU – ENTITLED TO BE UNTITLED

My friend TJ McGuire recently released his first collection of poetry, Midlife Chrysler.  In a related interview, he held that poetry matters in modern America because readers like its compact format.  They want “to be able to ingest a high-quality gourmet meal in one sitting, put their hands behind their heads and feel completely satisfied… because of its brevity, one can revisit [a poem] and be wonderstruck as often as time allows.  If Time is one of humankind’s most precious commodities, then (as the arts are concerned) one could consider poetry as one of Time’s most valuable distributor of goods.  Poetry delivers.  It delivers fast and hard.  Therein lies its power.”

In the world of gourmet poetry, HAIKU would be a canapé, a gorgeous bite-sized morsel to be savored.  Traditionally, haiku are descriptive nature poems that aim to capture a scene in just seventeen syllables, divided 5 – 7 – 5 over its three lines.  Today’s more flexible rules allow
a variety of subject matter and slightly altered syllable counts, as long as the first and last lines are shorter than the middle one.

 

Pregnant orchid
swollen with fourth set of twins
may deliver today

 

A fuchsia sunrise
shimmers on slapdash puddles
from yesterday’s rain

 

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14 thoughts on “HAIKU – ENTITLED TO BE UNTITLED

  1. chevvy8 March 26, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Great ones Joan. I appreciate everyday how valuable these morsels can be even as you ponder your own thoughts and inspiration. Looking at the Orchid and how it can conjure so much else. I think your undeclared title is a title in itself😀

    Here is one I wrote:

    Re- creation

    In a masquerade
    parading undercover
    of a new model

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    • Just Joan March 26, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Chevvy. Little morsels of attention and wonder make each day precious. The orchid has bloomed 4 times since summer (July, October, December, and now again in March)! I have never had one do that before. Haiku are commonly (usually?) untitled, unsure why that is. I’m delighted by your response poem on the masquerade, which speaks of re-invention of oneself. I love to see others creating poetry and enjoying the experience. 🙂

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      • chevvy8 March 27, 2017 / 12:33 am

        I suppose there is skill in writing a HAIKU without a title and still communicating the essence. Yes, I thought of re-invention but I liked Recreation as well to capture both the re-invention and the fun/ recreation element.
        You are indeed lucky to have all those blooms but must must also be the love and attention you give.😀

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    • Just Joan March 26, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      LOL, Peter. So right you are about the 3-day rule–lovely to have visitors come and even lovelier to see them go. May your fish be on their way back to the sea. 🙂

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    • Just Joan March 26, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Marissa. This poor orchid has had 4 litters since July and is about to pop any day. LOL, wouldn’t wish that on any human. 🙂

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  2. L. T. Garvin, Author March 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    I love your haikus and the art work, Joan, especially the line, “shimmers on slapdash puddles.” I think poetry is enjoying a resurgence, and it could very well be that people like to read something compact and get a big bang for their buck. Here is one of my haikus:

    It’s another date
    you flirting with the waitress
    you reek of false love

    Happy haikuing, my friend!

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    • Just Joan March 30, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks, Lana. Maybe our world of texting and snap-chats has been good for something, ie, people wanting Lit they can read and digest quickly. Love your haiku… I can almost hear a sigh going up from the restaurant table on this Pseudo-Date Night. Reek, what a great word in this context! 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author March 30, 2017 / 1:59 pm

        Thanks Joan. I’ll agree that technology has been good on many fronts. That girl having dinner needs to ditch that Cad 😀

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  3. 1Wise-Woman March 27, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    New to your site and I just love it. Great explanations of different types of poetry and beautiful examples!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan March 29, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks, Wise Woman! Appreciate your visit and follow. This is my playground for trying new poetic forms and sharing the results. I generally post on Sunday mornings. Enjoy! 🙂

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  4. circumstance227 April 1, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Hail to the Haiku
    Poetry for Beginners
    Some of whom end there.

    No offense intended. I love the Haiku. it is very useful in teaching kids about syllables. But let’s face it – how much can one express in 17 syllables?

    In the end – the haiku is almost always about simplicity.

    And simplicity can be good.

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    • Just Joan April 1, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Well done, 227! 🙂 I like the idea of Haiku as a snapshot description, or even to tell a (very short) story:
      Neon orb plummets
      from walnut tree to parked car,
      prank of laughing squirrel

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