The goal for this Special is to write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Jack Kerouac-
Jack Kerouac said the following about haiku:
[…] “The “haiku” was invented and developed over hundreds of years in Japan to be a complete poem in seventeen syllables and to pack in a whole vision of life in three short lines. A “Western Haiku” need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabic Japanese. I propose that the “Western Haiku” simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella”. […]
Here is his haiku:
In the sun
the butterfly wings
Like a church window
Ye gods, what a difficult prompt, that others will as usual take in their stride! I saw some beautiful haiku in yesterday’s prompt, here (Maniparna), here (Gillena) and here (Celestine). But also here (Ese) and many more…
‘Photographing’ seems tough. What clever imagery could we evoke? Striking the right balance in a haiku is difficult, and I think I’m going to find a vintage Japanese photograph to sprinkle with words.
Today’s Naughty Sunday Haiku prompt was found on Tumblr. I don’t know the details, but I have an idea some women drawing might. All traditional haiku forms apply to this challenge. 3 lines, or 1 line, and a haiku or senryu with imagery, or strong moment, without simile or metaphor. Dare yourselves to ‘paint’ this haiku and link it in the blue critter below! The challenge is only open till Monday afternoon Helsinki time, and opens Sunday morning, so make your seductive words count quickly!
Before I post my haiku, or you read it, I’d be honoured if you just took a few minutes to watch this video of the guys – gypsy dancers I know from far back. If anyone thinks this is easy stuff, well, I think you might want to try it. know exactly how hard it is, and remember one night with guitars, milk jugs, my bongo drum and an Australian with didgeridoo. A beautiful night but some of the toughest dancing ever to learn. But its the synchronicity also – just watch how it builds up, and you’ll go some way to understanding my love for the roma people, the gypsies. Worth every minute, this short video.
dances her path before me
-a romany blessing
To finish off see how the music reaches deep in this gypsy home. These roma are quite light-skinned, and in my experience more so than the lovely bronze tone some friends had. Makes no difference of course, once a gypsy always a gypsy for many of the European population, who discriminate against roma people, the largest minority in Europe, in the crudest of ways.
Thanks to everyone participating in the Ligo Haibun Challenge – if you would like you can post your haibun at Medium here, and label it under the “Beautiful Haibun” collection. This gives you further readership and gives you a step out of the ‘WordPress world.’
My apologies for the lateness of the post this week. I was a bit exhausted after travel and duties, and have a lot of catching up to do. There are a lot of fine people out there and I don’t want to lose them…so I will be catchng up, especially as I want the Ligo anthology out soon – so send your haibun!
I will be contacting folks very shortly about their haibun – that probably means you reading this!
This week is picture week. As usual choose one to write your Beautiful Haibun. I certainly encourage all glancing here to have a read of the haibun, which are of very high quality in an art form that in itself encourages beautiful writing.
If you are new to the form ask here for details..
Please give us some beautiful haibun! Link up with the blue critter below..
On 15th August mothers, and all of us, should celebrate Public Display of Breastfeeding (PDB) Day. A mother’s devotion to her baby is a beautiful thing. To imagine that public breastfeeding is actually controversial tells me a lot about the negative aspects of some of our societies, My ex-partner breast-fed our child in an Arab airline flying over Saudi Arabian airspace without an issue, and it sickens me when some pathetic official of some pathetic capacity takes it upon himself to prohibit this ********* act – the word is beautiful, not the sick terms used by those with sick missions.
Breastfeeding in public empower mothers and shows the world that if a mother needs to breastfeed, it’s her right to feed her baby whenever and wherever she needs to.
You can show your support of breastfeeding by doing your own PDB on August 15. Visit www.thebump.com/pdb to take the pledge and tweet @thebump #PDB to say where you are feeding your baby!
Not a mother yet? That can be arranged… but no pirate jokes about breast feeding me..you can still join the boob-olution by pledging to breastfeed when baby arrives.