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Poetry Roundup #3: A Candle on the Water and a Sense of Wonder

This roundup is all haikus!

Haiku: "The sense of wonder / that you have when you are young / never let it leave"

(Inspired by “Wonder“)

 


 

Haiku with candle on water image: "Flowing, on water / the candle is drifting both / to you and from you" (by Brenna Vancheyson)

This haiku was inspired by the song “Candle on the Water” from the 70’s version of Pete’s Dragon. If you’ve never heard this incredible song by Helen Reddy, check it out!

 


 

Image of fox in the rain with haiku: "Beautiful first rain / washing away the staleness / turning the seasons" (by Brenna Vancheyson)

 

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When Less is More: Reasons for Appreciating Haikus

Haiku: They stood by the sea/Someday, they would remember/this moment that passed
“By the Sea”: First pairing of haiku with original art (acrylic on canvas)

We all learned what a haiku is in elementary school and possibly studied them through college (if only off and on). It may be easy to pass up the art of haiku — but for those who take the time to understand a poem’s meaning, the seemingly humble haiku can hold a lot of meaning.

Enjoying Haikus

Haiku examples are especially prolific on Instagram posts, where shorter verses work better in an image — and interestingly, the image-based Instagram is where I really started appreciating haikus.

Poetry books and online sources often couple haikus with art. Yet with or without imagery, some people are amazing at haikus! The meaning that is conveyed in such a short, limited-stanza piece is inspiring.

Writing Haikus

My new appreciation of reading haikus has led to an interest in writing them. Sometimes, many of us are inspired to write poetry, as for me with this recent poem, “Why?” (and other poems soon to be here). But trying to fit exactly the right word for a haiku  —  with the right meaning — can be like finding the right piece to fit into a puzzle. And once you find the right piece (aka “word”), the fit can be magical.

So even if some of us are more prone to read or write prose, we can still appreciate the beauty of “less is more” in the haiku.

 

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