Welcome to WIZâ€™s 2012 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, community word-dance.
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, then another short line of 5 syllables, but there are many pathsâ€“pick what pleases you.Â Often, haiku mention the season under scrutinyâ€“in this case spring, obviously.Â If you wish to learn more about haiku, you can go here or here.
The rules: Really, there arenâ€™t any.Â How it usually goes is someone starts the chain.Â I invited Sean Lindsay to forge the first link in the chain, as he’s often done here.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, â€œone-at-a-time-pleaseâ€ 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.
Earth, ice and stone press
Their cold into warmer skies,
Sean Lindsay occasionally blogs as greenfrog at www.inlimine.blogspot.com and can sometimes be found onymously puttering around Buddhist rock gardens on facebook.