Welcome to WIZ’s Spring Poetry Runoff open invitation haiku chain.Â This is a non-competitive (that is, not part of the poetry contest), come-as-you-are,Â just-for-fun activity that we run from time to time here on WIZ.
A haiku is a classical Japanese poetical form, usually 17 syllables all in a single line in Japanese, but I understand that there are longer and shorter forms.Â In English, a haiku often takes the form of one short line of 5 syllables, a long line of 7 syllables, and a short line of 5 syllables, but there are many pathsâ€“take your pick.Â Often, haiku mention the season under scrutiny–in this case spring, obviously.Â If you wish to learn more about haiku, you can go here or here.
The rules: Really, there aren’t any.Â How it usually goes is someone starts the chain–today, it’s Sean aka greenfrog.Â Somebody follows him, adding a single haiku in the comments, and then another person takes a turn, and around we go.Â Other than the informal, “one-at-a-time-please” tradition, thereâ€™s no limit to turns a participant can take and no deadline for this activity.Â It runs as long as it runs.Â So if you feel inclined to add a thread to the tapestry, don’t be shy.
Here’s Sean’s opening haiku:
The bud embedded
In the matrix of branch and
Earth and sun and spring.
Sean/greenfrog makes his home in the Denver area and blogs occasionally about yoga and meditation.Â You can visit his blog In Limine here.