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A blog devoted mainly to haiku and senryu and to thoughts about, and inspired by, haiku and senryu.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

streetlight

streetlight
my shadow growing
fading

7 Comments:

Blogger floots said...

Naturalistic description and shades (pun half-intentional) of mortality all in five words!

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Stan said...

I don't know what you got going on here but they aren't haiku. You don't even have a structured verse.I read counts of 4,4,4 - 2,5,2 - 3,7,5 - 5,5,3. And those are just your first few. Haiku's are 5,7,5.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=haiku

Good intentions, but not haiku. Sorry.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

Everything in flux. Just like life.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Stan: Thanks for your comment. I'm familiar with the definition you refer to, but it doesn't reflect the practice of American haikuists, and it gives a distorted impression of the form of classical Japanese haiku. I've addressed these matters in earlier posts, identified as "approximations." Individual haikuists may, of course, choose to stick with the 5-7-5 format (I call it syllabic haiku, as distinguished from accentual or free.) as a matter of personal choice--I do myself sometimes--but that's all that can be claimed for it.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

floots and AP: Thanks for your comments. We all seem to be on the same wave length on this one. Nice half-intentional pun, floots.

12:38 PM  
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1:34 PM  
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