Like the Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) in the Photo above, I have just spent a morning relaxing. Unfortunately I do not have a thermal spring to hand, so I spent my relaxation time sitting in a warm bed writing Haiku.
I feel sure that the traditionalist might complain that they do not all contain a ‘Kigo’ (season) word, or that the themes are not all natural, or some such.
Having read around the subject recently I have learned that modern Haiku are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of taking nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored.
The style I am using is the British style of 3 lines with 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.
I find writing Haiku a very relaxing way of passing time, and an extremely useful tool in my pain management tool box. The rigid structure seems to aid my writing when I am having a flare up or a setback and it also seems to divert my attention away from some of my discomfort.
The fact that I have managed to write about twenty Haiku since New Year’s Eve is testament to the fact that I have not been feeling that great since last Friday, having reflected on this I realized that during the Christmas rush, which I had planned well ahead, I had not taken the time to produce a proper pacing plan for the week surrounding New Year, hence my ninth Haiku.
I hope that you enjoy reading these Haiku and that 2012 has started well for you.
The rush is over,
It’s back to the old routine,
A stone heavier.
The toys lie scattered,
Children play excitedly,
With the toys’ boxes.
The South Westerly
Tears at the massive oak tree,
I watch from inside.
New Year Resolutions
They lie in tatters,
The New Year Resolutions;
Just a ‘to-do’ list