X Y Z & Me, “What’s Cool About Haiku?”

X, Y, Z, and Me, What’s Cool About Haiku?


So, “What’s Most Important About English Language Haiku?”

A discussion over wilted salads.


X: Seventeen syllables

Y: In three lines

Z: Short poem usually three lines less than seventeen syllables

X: All About the Ineffable

Z: They’re Ethereal in tone

Y: Inscrutable

Me: Inhaling. Exhaling.

c. Lemuel

04 November 2018

Haiku, In Many Minds

Haiku, In Many Minds

Haiku are created poems. Perhaps a person may find haiku in one’s inner self pre-fashioned. I must work to make a poem, re-making the poem fragments too. I fully accept serendipity.

Writing haiku is sure to employ imagination, to varying degrees, and humor. I like to build haiku with help from observation, emotion, and tenacity.

Flip side, considering others’ haiku. Receiving haiku allows me to sense what another person possessed or made.

Maybe, I can contact a little of how they have had to respond to the world as I take in their haiku.

My sensing of received haiku is at once fresh and mine, even if I have never visited their pond as written, and it is chock-full of “other-ness” that is so personably moving, friendly.

Another person has walked this path. Their footprints are old, they go that way, seventeen syllables or not.

Onward, as my footprints weather a bit.

c. Lemuel

02 November 2018

Making, the Art

My ability to learn is up or it is down, but sometimes it is “just right”.

Learning to Make anything takes practice. I get experience from practice.

If I try maybe I will have success.

Practice is the travel companion to Art (and anything really).

A finished work, price tagged and “re-homed”, gives at least two people, maybe the gallery too, pleasure.

No one sees my practice.

But it pays.

c. Lemuel

01 November 2018

Haiku, Un-learning and Re-learning

Haiku, Un-learning and Re-learning


I mean no disrespect. I do no intend unsupported criticism.

I offer three considerations relating to haiku.

First, Un-learn some lessons, early. Even sincere and motivated teachers are wrong. I especially note my self-teaching.

Next, consider the impact of several concepts relating to acceptable haiku, a brief list.

A. Knowing the Subject of haiku is the Way on a Path built upon insight and on discovery for writer and for recipient.

B. Haiku is a regulated, known, and an expected type of poem.

C. Haiku is versatile and demanding.

D. Humor is one of many human traits.

Then, with reflection, proceed with haiku, un-learned or re-learned. Or something else.


c. Lemuel

01 November 2018