Saturday, February 10, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #19 Out Of The Box #2 Tau-ku

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday February 11th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this new Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation. This weekend I have chosen for our new weekend-meditation feature "Out Of The Box". In this feature I challenge you to think out of the box of Japanese poetry forms. And this week I have chosen for the challenging Tau-ku.

Maybe you know the "pi-ku", a very short poem in which you have to use the mathematical number "pi" (3.14) . In the "pi-ku" the first line counts three syllables, the second line 1 syllable and the third line 4 syllables. Let me give you an example from my archives:

The Thinker - Augustin Rodin

The Thinker
no more thoughts 

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice form don't you think so too? Well ... Tau-ku is almost the same however it works with the mathematical number "tau" or 6.28 which gives you the following syllables count: the first line has 6 syllables, the second line has 2 syllables and the third line has 8 syllables. Sounds easy ...

Here is an example of a "tau-ku" created by Geraldine (My Poetic Path), you can find her weblog HERE:

Within the bright green leaves.
A bounty of pastel petals.

© Geraldine

A nice "tau-ku" I would say. So here is the challenge, create a "tau-ku" as described above. Just have fun with this nice form, and think out of the box.

Have great weekend!

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday February 11th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until Sunday February 18th at noon (CET). Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. While we are on the subject of haiku variants based on famous constants, consider the "golden ratio" (often denoted by the Greek letter φ) that describes a good-looking aspect ratio for a rectangle.  Not too squarish; not too narrow.  Out to as many decimal places as I care to go, φ is 1.6125 and has some interesting mathematical properties.  A 3-line phi-ku with syllable counts 1-6-1 would have a nice symmetry.