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October 22, 2012

Reflections on autumn and acorns

By Sue Seibert | sue_seibert@att.net

an acorn autumn

now in the breezy weather

sun rain wind sparkle

A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem containing 17 syllables on three lines consisting of 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line, respectively. A haiku also ends with a kireji, or cutting word, which means something like a volta in Western poetry, or a dramatic change. Thus, in my haiku, sparkle is my kireji.

Haikus do not rhyme. The earliest written Western haiku was by Dutchman Lendrik Doeff in the 19th century. His haiku, translated into English, reads:

lend me your arms,

fast as thunderbolts,

for a pillow on my journey

In this haiku, I don’t really see the kireji, but perhaps that is because it was such a new vehicle for Western poetry.


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