I had a really fun idea. Let’s make a collection of haiku about ritual abuse, mind control, and healing. Especially healing!
You can put your haiku in the comments section and every so often I will collect them and make a new post with all of them. Then you can add still more in the comments section. When we get 1,000, (or maybe a little earlier) we can think of publishing them. At that point, we can ask for 1,000 illustrations. Whoohoo, what a book that would be!
The traditional haiku has no title. It has 17 syllables, consisting of:
A line of 5 syllables
A line of 7 syllables
A final line of 5 syllables
The lines don’t have to rhyme, but they can if you want.
Variations on the length of lines, the total number of syllables, and even the number of lines are acceptable. Some of these variations carry different names in Japanese. It’s not important to know those names — it’s just important to know that you don’t have to be rigid about it.
Many haiku refer to nature and are concrete, conjuring up sights, sounds, or smells. There often is a change of point of view in the middle of the poem.
I’ll get us started.
Sunlight on my face.
Quick! Help! Where am I today?
My blanket meows.
P.S. Riffing off my 6/10/14 poem:
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I have lost my words