I believe in being prepared for any given situation. It isn't because I'm a pessimistic person; I think it is just good common sense. Hence, I've entitled my blog "Even Nothing is Something."

This covers my butt in any event. On any given day I can feel great exaltation that I have done something grand. I can scribble fiercely when my thoughts are leaping across the meadows of my mind like a happy little colt in the month of May, or my mind and writing can be as dry and arid, as cold and without life, as the Gobi desert - because even Nothing is Something.

I want to thank all of my fellow artists who work through other means and forms and who sell their work on the wonderful artist's site "Etsy," a place to buy and sell all things handmade, along with vintage items and supplies for their craft. They are a great group of people.

Those who have links to their site on my blog represent only a few of those whom I wish to include. Just click on one of those links and join the Etsy community. It is free. They are a great group of artists who have relieved me of my money in the most delightful of ways. If it weren't for their encouragement, I would have never shared my work through this blog.

Thank you my darling friends!

Enjoy my blog - The Poet or Not - More or Less

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Haiku Poetry - What Is It

For those who may not have an interest in poetry, I'll explain the Haiku Poetry writing. It is a Japanese form of poetry with three syllables for the first line, seven for the second line and, again, five for the third line. The English word "syllable" isn't quite an accurate translation for the Japanese word describing the style but it comes the closest.

The final line was to be ended with what the Japanese called a "cutting" word - a word that concluded the thought, rather an "aha" conclusion. It wasn't intended to be left hanging incomplete. The English writers took another liberty, if at the end of the poem they didn't have a cutting word, they would use either a dash or an ellipsis to convey the general idea of further thought left unstated.

This form of poetry always dealt with nature and seasons, but as the English began to compose from its model some things were changed from the original. Some choose a different number of syllables per line and some also choose different themes. So far, I've clung to nature and season; I would like to try my hand at social issues, an entirely different theme for sure!

1 comment:

  1. Your story was funny and pathetic at the same time. I can get lost in a parking garage because I have no sense of direction whatsoever. The greatest tool I've ever acquired is a GPS system on my cell phone with a button marked HOME. I use it all the time.