Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mimi - Mona Poetry: Four Haikus

When I say "Haiku", 
please do not reply, "Bless you": 
not an allergy

The syllabic pattern for a haiku poem is 5-7-5, and the lines, whether in Japanese or English, rarely rhyme. Whether a haiku is full of metaphors and personifications has been argued since they are supposed to be written on objective experiences, not subjective. A haiku contains three lines with 17 syllables in total. The lines don’t rhyme and frequently have a kigo, or seasonal, reference; they’re usually about nature or a natural phenomenon. They have two juxtaposed subjects are divided into two contrasting parts and, in English, the division between these two parts can be expressed with a colon or dash.

You need not settle;
You are not ordinary—
Lizards bring magic

Give her your praises:
part human and part lion,
emblem of Egypt.

Head on my pillow
dreaming of us together
Is it autumn yet

(two paintings by Michael Parkes: The Invitation and The Sphinx; painting by Malcom Liepke: title unknown)