The Moving Dragons’ current challenge is to write a haiku; in essence a haiku is a three-line verse with lines of five, seven and five syllables. In the original Japanese tradition there was more to it than that, it should, according to Wikipedia, be characterised by three qualities:
The essence of haiku is “cutting… This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a “cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
Perhaps I’m not capable of that… it is certainly a very long time since I wrote any poetry at all, although I am very fond of reading it. My favourite form is the sonnet, and perhaps my favourite sonnet is this, by the master, William Shakespeare:
That time of year thou
Mayst behold, when yellow leaves
Shake against the cold.
Bare ruined choirs, where sweet
Birds sang as sunset fadeth;
Black night doth take, seals all.
See’st the glowing fire
On ashes consumed with love;
More strong to love well.
©Lois Elsden 2016
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