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The American Haiku
Free Republic ^ | 09-23-07 | Neuromancer

Posted on 09/23/2007 10:36:13 AM PDT by Neuromancer

Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, is a short verse of 17 syllables in three metrical sections (lines) of 5-7-5 syllables. A compact yet profound and evocative form, haiku gives an objective, suggestive, pithy and fleeting picture of its subject.

What is said is important but what is unsaid may be more important. The poet may talk of nature but what he is conveying may be some deep feeling, an intuition or a concrete experience of life. Haiku is more concerned with human emotion or with experience than with human acts, and nature is used to reflect or suggest that emotion.


TOPICS: Poetry
KEYWORDS: americanhaiku; poetry

1 posted on 09/23/2007 10:36:15 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer


The American Haiku was developed over a period of several years on an internet web site called FREEREPUBLIC.COM.

I would like to thank the owner, operators and financial donors who provide this public forum for allowing me, without condition, such a frivolous use of their bandwidth.

The American Haiku is a direct descendant of the traditional Japanese art form.

It contains nine, and only nine, beats and retains the homage to nature.

It is sometimes titled and sometimes not.

Neuromancer




2 posted on 09/23/2007 10:37:01 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer


This collection of American Haikus is dedicated to my friend Kate and the summer we shared



3 posted on 09/23/2007 10:38:00 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

CONSCIOUS
SURRENDER


4 posted on 09/23/2007 10:38:56 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  
        
     
                       
 
       

        

BARREN LIMBS OF THE HEART

Hewn as deadwood
With a
Trusting
Smile
      
     
    
   
  
 

5 posted on 09/23/2007 10:39:43 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  


BETWEEN THE WARM

Entwined adrift
Silent
In the
Sun


                       
       

               

     
    

6 posted on 09/23/2007 10:40:20 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  
        
     
                       
 
       

        

A PERFECT SHORE

Where lake
And stone
Dare yield
To soft
Eyes
      
     
    
   
  
 

7 posted on 09/23/2007 10:41:47 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  


DARK RIVERS MUST FLOW

The gnawing things
And coyotes
Know



8 posted on 09/23/2007 10:42:52 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
The first time someone mentioned Haiku, I looked it up in my unabridged dictionary.
The nearest I came was Haik which is a seldom used Norse word meaning Tramp.
So tramp u!
9 posted on 09/23/2007 10:44:16 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: Neuromancer
 
  


BLOOD ON THE PARTING DOOR

Scars speak
Too much
When the days
Grow cool



10 posted on 09/23/2007 10:45:59 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
                       
       

               

     
    
 
  


AT THE LEAVING

You took
The desert
And I
The sea


                       
       

               

     
    

11 posted on 09/23/2007 10:46:52 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  
        
     
                       
HIGH DESERT SAGE OFFERS UP A SENSORY EXPLOSION WHEN HELD IN A WARM HUMAN HAND.

THE TRUSTING HEART IS LITTLE DIFFERENT

      
     
    
   
  
 

12 posted on 09/23/2007 10:47:21 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Kay Syrah; Camachee; bentfeather; January24th

I would be greatly pleased if you would visit my work.


13 posted on 09/23/2007 10:50:25 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

Hello Neuromancer, thank you for thinking of me.

Your work is just a beautiful as I remember from years past.
I shall try to write some haiku, I am not good at it, but I will try.

You will see that my screen name has changed, Soaring Feather and bentfeather are the same person.


14 posted on 09/23/2007 11:41:04 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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To: Neuromancer

Post #8 is amazingly beautiful and haunting.


15 posted on 09/23/2007 11:43:18 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

Thank you for the kind comments.

On one of the last days of summer, and of our relationship we sat at this very spot and listened to the animals of the night.

I had never seen the river so dark.


16 posted on 09/23/2007 12:39:13 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer; theFIRMbss

Sometimes when I’m drunk
I start vain haiku threads here
Ah, but is it art?


17 posted on 09/23/2007 5:03:43 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
Sometimes when I’m drunk
I start vain haiku threads here
Ah, but is it art?

Alas, I know not
This man of mystery, this
Art of whom you speak.

18 posted on 09/23/2007 5:13:37 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: martin_fierro


THE SUBSTANCE OF VANITY

Wispy clouds
Dancing
Neath the
Damp sky

19 posted on 09/23/2007 5:34:09 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

Seeking, Searching, Never Finding

A clever way to BookMark Haikus


Comment #20 Removed by Kevmo



20 posted on 09/23/2007 10:14:37 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Neuromancer
The cankles from hell
Have returned to torment us
Pantsuits are our friends.
21 posted on 09/24/2007 5:10:19 AM PDT by Lizavetta ( Politicians: When they're speaking, they're lying - when they're not speaking, they're stealing.)
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To: pax_et_bonum; martin_fierro
>Sometimes when I’m drunk
I start vain haiku threads here
Ah, but is it art?

Alas, I know not
This man of mystery, this
Art of whom you speak.


Don't know about art.
Don't know much about nature.
But this is Anna.

22 posted on 09/24/2007 7:41:32 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Neuromancer

So good to see your work again. As always, restrained, spare, evocative. Thanks for the ping.


23 posted on 09/24/2007 9:52:00 AM PDT by Kay Syrah
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To: Kay Syrah

You are very kind to visit.

Thanks


24 posted on 09/24/2007 10:41:58 AM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

Along with the syllable count and line structure, haiku typically represents the intersection of the temporal with the infinite. Frog jumps in pond, etc.


25 posted on 09/24/2007 2:04:27 PM PDT by bruin66 (Time: Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.)
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To: bruin66

SIMPLICITY


No Alchemy
Can refine
Love's smile

26 posted on 09/24/2007 3:50:29 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  
        
     
                       
                
PARADIGM

Rainbows taunt the
Winds of change
Hinting
      
     
    
   
  
 

27 posted on 09/24/2007 3:55:11 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
 
  
        
     
                       
       

        

BEFORE THE COMING

My soul's bareness
stood stark, gray
Revealed
      
     
    
   
  
 

28 posted on 09/24/2007 3:58:37 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

A lovely work! Thanks for pinging me.


29 posted on 09/24/2007 5:54:42 PM PDT by January24th
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To: January24th

The intensity and honesty of your poetry has always inspired me.

Thank you for the wonderful exchanges in the B Room and the focused freedom you provided at Kingsley Station.

I miss your writing and wish you would post more.

Good night


30 posted on 09/24/2007 7:53:57 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: bruin66; Soaring Feather



Spirit winds
Ghost dancing
In the leaves



31 posted on 10/07/2007 4:06:25 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer

old ones gather near
ritual of dance excites
yellow aspen groves quiver


32 posted on 10/07/2007 4:45:27 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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To: Soaring Feather

Exactly


33 posted on 10/07/2007 5:07:26 PM PDT by Neuromancer
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To: Neuromancer
ALTERATIONS

Cold leather sky
neath an oblong
moon


34 posted on 11/27/2007 6:58:06 AM PST by Neuromancer
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To: Lizavetta

LOL!


35 posted on 11/27/2007 6:59:59 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Neuromancer

fall rains dreary dark
bone chilling quivering cold
night from day in doubt

Soaring Feather


36 posted on 11/27/2007 7:45:06 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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