writeALONG! 5 April

Updated: Apr 5


host: Muskaan Ahuja

"You can either build --- with every moment, sense and scene or you can destroy --- with every idea, belief or doctrine."

--- Muskaan Ahuja

Haiku as you all know is simplicity, directness, lack of inessential and a one-breath poem. Just like we can't get away with our daily routine of eating,drinking, dressing, etc. in the same way, haiku is life...life is haiku! You can't escape from this!!

While writing a haiku, do not destroy the moment, the image, your wonder by explaining or decorating it further -- let go of your mind. SHOW what is and leave the rest on the reader.

Here I am sharing two of my favourite haiku to encourage you to write exactly what you see and feel and yet at the same time balance the form and retain the intensity of poetic feeling:

sticking on the mushroom

the leaf

of some unknown tree

--- Basho, translated by R.H. Blyth

the long night

the sound of the water says

what I think

--- Gochiku, translated by R.H. Blyth

Before I leave, here's a gentle reminder for you : "A child shows his toy, a man hides his.”


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