10 May 2011

Word Count Blogathon Day 10: Haiku

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;
out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. 
~ W.B. Yeats

The theme for today's Blogathon post is to pen a haiku.  According to Wikipedia, a haiku "is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:
  • The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas[2] and a kireji or 'cutting word' between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.[3]
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on respectively.[4] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[5] this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki (歳時記), an extensive but defined list of such words. The majority of kigo, but not all, are drawn from the natural world. This, combined with the origins of haiku in pre-industrial Japan, has led to the inaccurate impression that haiku are necessarily nature poems."
But of course I like to colour outside of the lines.  So my haiku is 5-6-5.  Enjoy!

Within the circle
Freedom to fly away
Attached, love's anchor.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela
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