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Haiku Goodness

Posted by Sooz on Monday, May 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

Living the art of Goodness has much to do with simplicity.  It has to do with peacefully being present in the moment, seeing the beauty and wonder in the world around you, and connecting with things that are life-giving to you like using your own unique creativity. If you focus on these things you will naturally begin to overflow with Goodness toward others. You just won’t be able to help yourself. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? And yet we seldom pace ourselves or structure our lives to enjoy all the good that surrounds us. There is an art to living a life of Goodness, and like any art, it takes practice to perfect.

In Japanese culture there is a reverence for elegant simplicity. You can see it in many forms of Japanese art such as Ikebana, or the art of flower arranging. Ikebana focuses on harmony, color use, rhythm, and elegantly simple design. It is an art centered on expressing the seasons and is meant to act as a symbol of something greater than the flower itself. The arrangements are often created in silence so that the designer can distill the essence of the piece. This art form was used to train Samurai warriors in balance and harmony.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It, too, is simple and elegant. Typically, Haiku consist of 17 syllables broken into three lines of 5/7/5. Maybe you remember studying them in school. They are short bursts of feeling, often centered in nature and giving the reader some little experience. Basho was a famous Haiku poet of the 15th century. He wrote this poem:

fu-ru-i-ke ya (5)

ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu (7)

mi-zu no o-to (5)

Translated:

old pond . . .

a frog leaps in

water’s sound

In the contemporary Western world, Jack Kerouac became known as a master of Haiku. He is quoted as saying, “I purpose that ‘Western Haiku’ simply say a lot in three short lines. 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 an example of his work :

In the sun

the butterfly wings

like a church window.

 

Beautiful summer night

gorgeous as the robes

of Jesus.

 

There is something alive about these poems and to me they represent a kind of Goodness: Simple, True, Beautiful, Creative, Life-Giving!

Because creativity is such a vital part of Goodness, I encourage you to try your hand at a few Haiku. They are easy. They don’t have to rhyme and in Kerouac’s style, they don’t even have to follow the 5/7/5 tradition. Let yourself use the right side of your brain. Give yourself a few minutes to discover something beautiful from your own heart. This is a simple step toward Goodness that you can take. Be present in this moment and let the Goodness flow.

Here are a few examples of Haiku that I have written on the subject of Goodness.

Consider your nest

Invisible dwelling place

Of your wondrous heart

 

Have you forgotten?

You are one – made up of three

Body, Soul, Spirit

 

Your inner refuge…

Castle for a beloved king,

Or bench for a bum?

 

It’s kind of scary

Digging around in the dark

Trying to find “me”

 

The more crap that leaves

The more I am really sure

That my nest matters

 

Goodness to your heart

Creates fresh Goodness to give

Preserving Goodness

 

Your heart is SO worth

All the effort it will take

To rebuild your nest

 

Do you contemplate

Deep down in the recesses?

Think with your heart brain?

 

You can be core strong

Fierce, focused, unmovable

You need nest knowledge

We would love for you to share your work with us here or on our Facebook page. And if this post has inspired you please share it with a friend. It is Goodness to us when you do!!


A "Good" Idea:
Try a little Haiku Goodness to stir your creative mind. It will be Good for you!

open journal and pen

4 Responses

  1. Oh oh oh !! Love your haiku’s

    • Sooz says:

      Thank you Selena, that is quite a compliment coming from a poet like yourself! I dabble but you DO! I enjoyed a peek at your work and it is lovely.

  2. traci bailey says:

    my first haiku since 12th grade creative writing as well as a reminder to myself:

    Listen to others
    before you open your mouth
    and insert your foot.

    T. Hulse-Bailey
    5/30/2012

  3. Sooz says:

    Love it!!!!
    Thanks for your contribution T.

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