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Archive for January 11th, 2011

Five Seven Five

I have always written poetry, and recently I have been exploring writing haiku. Haiku if you don’t know is a form of Japanese poetry constructed of three lines with a set number of syllables for each line, 5, 7, and 5. They all have this set pattern.

For me, writing haiku isn’t so much an exercise if wordplay. It isn’t about struggling to find the perfect words and phrases, reworking and rewriting them until the poem emerges. Haiku is an act of listening, an act of meditation (listening and meditation are synonymous for me). It is about becoming the observer, to gain perspective on the energies at play. Even though the energies may quake through us, we can at the same time be the observer watching the whole process. Making music can be like this, where we are in the groove, dancing with it, yet at the same time a slight step ahead, thinking about and observing what comes out of our soul to play, observing what the other musicians are doing/feeling and finding expression to add to the whole. Making love can be like this as well.

I highly recommend this practice of haiku. Haiku challenges me to strip away distraction to let the essence of the expressing shine through. Some attempts are better than others of course but the exercise of listening, of meditation is the important part.

Spend some time in meditation and try writing some. It is fun. I invite you to post them here. Below are a few of mine.

Blessings of peace,
Snowhawke /|\

I touch you soul deep
The hand of deity strikes
And leaves me shaken

Emotion pushed words
Fail to convey true meaning
But reveal so much

Setting sun turns red
Intense swirl of wind and cloud
Snowflakes dance unbound!

Down down down I slide
Love laughs as I go under
Caught in her whirlpool

A lifetime passes
In an instance, in a breath
So many pieces

Are our steps futile?
Do all these small acts matter?
rain drops fill the sea

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