Friday, October 21, 2011
Haiku Monday: GHOST
Iffin' Haiku Monday is new to some of y'all, here is a brief history an' review of the rules.
Our beloved Troll once hosted a meme called Mute Monday wherein' thar's a theme an' blogger participants posted pictures relevant to the weekly theme. Next Troll introduced us to his luv fer Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry. At first the two were combined such that ya' wrote a Haiku supported wif' a picture.
Soon the poem itself became the primary criteria fer the weekly judgement. Each week the host determines if visuals may be used, an' to what degree the visual determines the winner. Fer the most part, visuals is optional. This week, Aunty will use yore visuals as a tie-breaker in the event that two or more entries are neck-N'-neck. Since y'all has grown so adept at writin' Haiku, it's likely that a good visual will give ya' an edge, but a visual ain't a requirement.
How to play: Simply leave yore Haiku in the comment box on this post, an' also post it at yore own blog if thas' yore wish-- wif' a visual if desired-- an' link it to this post. Please note: unless yore Haiku is posted heah in the combox it cain't be considered fer the prize--so please remember that ya' wanna post it heah whar' all the participants can read it.
Our theme this week is GHOST.
Of course, thar's many a word that is ghostly: apparition, haint, wraith, spirit, phantom, spectre, spook.
The rules fer GHOST include the usual Haiku rules: A three line 5-7-5 format where the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, the last line is 5 syllables. Winning Haiku make use of BOTH Kigo( seasonal reference), an' Kireji ( "cutting" word or punctuation ). The idea is to join two separate images/ emotions in one integrated verse. ( more info heah)
This week please DO use an actual ghostly word (any synonym of ghost) somewhar' in yore verse.
Though regulars know this, it seems fittin' to mention fer the sake of any newcomers, that Haiku is meant to elicit an emotion--sort of an "aha!" moment that, when reading the verse, the reader joins ya'--recognizes it as similar to an experience he has had too--though he may not have given it that particular expression. Haiku describin' the crack of ice as you step upon it, its icy veins runnin' ahead of ya', the shatterin' sound, yore gasp that makes a cloud puff in the air ...this moment is one we readily feel. The essence of Haiku is feeling (as distinct from analysis, intuition, history, advice). Strong points go to the entry that puts us "in the moment."
Git yore entries in by midnight Monday (PST). Winner will be announced by Tuesday noon, EST.