I have been trying my hand at haiku lately, hoping that perhaps it is the perfect form of poetry for a time poor mum – wrong! As Mark Twain famously said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” Exactly!
Haiku are slippery little suckers, quite difficult to get a grasp on. The composition of the form is bound by many rules, and yet the essence of the haiku is intangible…I suspect that’s probably the point. Like pebbles dropped into a pond, these small gems slip into the mind, sending ripples of meaning out into your being which go far beyond the few words that inspired them.
I imagine it will take me many years to fully understand haiku. And yet, after a bit of an education from fellow Australian poet Ashley Capes (whose excellent blog you can find here), I have been fortunate enough to have had three haiku published in BLUEPEPPER. BLUEPEPPER is a wonderful online poetry site edited by Australian poet Justin Lowe. The haiku I had published there were written in response to the terrible fires that occurred recently in the Blue Mountains, close to Sydney. where I live. Please click here to read them, along with many other fine poems!