Friday, August 14, 2009

Haiku Friday

Hosted by Jen at It's a Jen's Life

I write haiku in the Japanese tradition, not counting syllables or always restricting them to a three line form.

Haiku are about images and the five senses, they do not use the poetic devices of Western literature. Read them very slowly, one line at a time, and do not think with your mind, but visualize and engage all your other physical senses. Enjoy.

Here are three haiku that were chosen as winning entries in The Herb Barrett Award anthology Prairie Sunset (2000) edited by Denver Stull.

slow drip

of the garden tap
the sparrows take turns


drawing the tree

it was

and just to prove that I can write one in the 5-7-5 rhythm in English:

plum blossoms falling
the gardener softly singing
in my father's tongue

I am happy to announce that winning copies of The Tree It Was will be going to Marie at The Boston Bibliophile and Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit. I'm sorry I don't have more copies for everyone. E-mail your mailing addresses please ladies.

But I do have a spare copy of Through The Spirea, the 1998 anthology of winning poems for the Herb Barrett Award anthology, 36 pages, and edited by Michael Dylan Welch. Followers may enter to win by indicating that they'd like to be included in the draw.

*All of the poetry on this page is copyrighted by Sandra Fuhringer and may not be used without permission from the author.
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  1. ooOOoo I like the first one. :)

  2. i love your haiku. however, normally i don't conform to 5-7-5. I try to use less syllables because of the sometimes longer nature of English syllables compared with the Japanese syllables.

  3. Sandra,
    I loved them all. I read the first one several times then closed my eyes to envision the birds drinking from the dripping water. How lovely!!

  4. Thanks so much for the Haiku! I'm excited.

  5. If I remember to do Haiku Fridays it will be a miracle, Sandra. I love your poems and they are so inspirational to me.

  6. Congrats to Marie and Serena, if Sandra's poetry is any indication, you ladies are in for a treat!

    If it's not too late to enter, I'd like to be included in the draw for Through the Spirea.




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