2. 5-7-5 syllables;
3. Use a kigo (or seasonword);
4. Use a kireji (or cuttingword);
5. Sometimes a deeper spiritual or Zen-Buddhistic meaning;
6. First and third line are interchangeable and last but not least
7. No Self, avoid personal or possessive pronouns (I, me, my); it's an experience not how the poet feels about it.
kana : emphasis; usually can be found at a poem's end, indicates wonder.
- keri : exclamatory verbal suffix, past perfect.
- ramu or - ran : verbal suffix indicating probability.
- shi : adjectival suffix; usually used to end a clause.
- tsu : verbal suffix; present perfect.
ya : emphasis the preceding word or words cutting a poem into two parts, it implies an equation, while inviting the reader to explore their interrelationship.
For these examples I have used the four volume series "Haiku" written by R.H. Blyth.
with another candle;
an evening of spring
thickets and fields also,
reaching for the early light of the sun -
birds praise their Creator
Well ... now it's up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers to write a new haiku in the classical way as described above. Just for the fun ... have fun, be inspired and share your classical haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai. This episode of "Goes Back To It's Roots" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 28th 11.59 AM (CET).