Haiku thoughts. I’m guilty as charged. Maybe not.

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I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m breaking the rules again – 2 blogs in one day.

But this post is about the rules. I’m about three weeks into my latest burst of daily haiku, and I find myself playing fast and loose with the rules. Playing fast and loose is usually nothing for me, because I prefer to create my own rules in my poetry. Haiku is another story, though, and (granted) today’s haiku (Light and Dark) is probably Senyru.

Worse, though, is that I’ve started eliding lines on a regular basis, and I know K is OK with me even splitting words, which I haven’t done yet. Shouldn’t my goal be to make something exquisite following tradition, rather than bending tradition to reveal a flawed truth?

What is more important, going strictly 5/7/5 or presenting my intended sentiment? I would argue for the latter, but does that detract from this exercise?

If I’m making a
point of writing a haiku
each day, with all the

rules that go with it,
what good does it do to skirt
them?  Can’t you just take

any seventeen
syllables and just divide
them up? Kosher? Yes?

And put it in italics to make it look like poetry. Just sayin’.

Does that make me a fraud?

One thought on “Haiku thoughts. I’m guilty as charged. Maybe not.

  1. Kalliope July 7, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    Rules will always be there. The tried and true step ladder. Know the rules well enough to bend them, skirt them, and transcend innovation. Creativity and fun is but a floating ember to die on the wind. Life is fleeting, so it’s okay to let loose every now and again.

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