Archives For Haiku

The other day I quickly entered some notes into my phone. These were some ideas and directions from my mum about what, and where, she’d like something for Christmas.

Looking at it again today and the order in which it was written, I see one cool-as unintentional haiku.

 

Christmas RL2016 Shopping Directions Haiku


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The revolution

Anastasis Iesous Christos [i]

Viva Noël!

 

 


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[i] Resurrection of Jesus Christ

gardenia-2016One of the best ways to review how to identify syllables is with the traditional Japanese form of poetry called haiku.

It’s excellent for revision because it encourages students to work with vowels, adjectives, objectivity and themes.The basic principles of haiku writing makes this an excellent teaching tool.

Traditionally, haiku follows a non-rhyming syllable pattern of 5-7-5. This becomes a stanza of only three lines. The sentences tend to follow a theme, but it’s not necessary to have each sentence follow on from the next. As long as the general idea or topic is packaged well enough as a whole.

For our homeshooling haikus it’s been a lot of trial and error. None of that has been a bad thing. These hits and misses only make us work harder at refining our own personal style.

Each of the homeschoolers have a voice, its just a matter of coaching them to speak with it in writing. We’ve been doing these from time to time over the past couple of years and I’ve grown to value of the simple, reflective and calming process.

Our next project, when I can get to it, is to do some more work with Tanka, which is very similar to Haiku, only it allows for more syllables per line and usually contains five lines instead of three.

Tanka seems easier, given the extra room, however, when working with kids, I’ve found it to be harder to work with, than haiku. My hope is that since we’ve become more familiar with Haiku, Tanka will not be as daunting a task as it was our first time around.

Here’s a few I put together the other day. My themes were Spring and homeschool.
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From the storm emerges

the firm grip of sunlight

Clouds break open

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Dancing petals

Ride waves of air

Wind makes the melody

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Books swing open

The drowsy meet the dawn

And minds awaken

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Hidden Emissaries

October 27, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Hidden emissaries

Fifth columns*, called to rise

Gracefully disguised

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“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

– (Hebrews 13:1-2, ESV)


Notes:

*According to Thomas Doherty, in Hollywood and Hitler, 2013, Fifth column is a reference that came out of the Spanish Civil War. It is a comment ‘attributed to Rebel commander Emilio Mola during the battle for Madrid in 1936. Mola claimed to have four columns of troops surrounding the city and a fifth column within the city ready to join the offensive.’ (Columbia University Press, p.151)

**Artwork credit:  Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, 1664 ‘Cornielius‘. Inspired by Acts. 10

***Haiku: RL2016

Grinding Sunset

October 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Melting clouds

Darkness pierced by light

Grinding sunset

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‘In Jesus Christ was life and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’  

– (1 John. 1:4-5, ESV)

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Attention Drift

May 5, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Drowsy Autumn warmth

Bathing concentration

Attention drift

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Lazy Fury

March 8, 2016 — 4 Comments

Do you, uh, haiku?

Lazy Fury Haiku 3

 


‘Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth
with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. Be angry but do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, so that
he may have something to share with anyone in need. let no corrupting
talk come out of your mouths, but only such as for building up,
as fits the occasions, that it may give grace to those who hear it.’
– (Ephesians, 4:25-29, ESV)

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