Blog Post #107
Happy Haikuesday! Have you tried your hand at composing a haiku? I been writing one or two short poems every week — and I have been having a lot of fun exploring this art form. I’m not aiming to be a poet, but I am finding the exercise of writing in a somewhat prescribed format to be another creative outlet that I am enjoying immensely.
This is today’s rendition.
The soothing quiet / the summer night cool and clear / countless stars glitter
The poem below was written by Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest Kobayashi Issa, better known as Issa. Along with the famous poets, Bashō, Buson and Shiki — Issa was considered to be one of the Great Four haiku masters in Japan.
Issa was a prolific poet, composing over 20,000 haiku often written about creatures such as amphibians and insects. He was also interested in drawing as well, and produced many illustrations to accompany his poems.
You will notice that the haiku posted here, does not conform to the usual 5-7-5 syllables that we are accustomed to. This is because original haiku were written in Japanese and so do not translate easily to our English syllabic approximation. Find out more about the characteristics of this Japanese poetry form at Haiku Poetry.
earns his living
~ Kobayahsi Issa