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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OctPoWrMo Day 14: Walt Whitman

"Resist much, Obey little"
       ~Walt Whitman

In the struggles that
Can come from life, much be gained
From words of Whitman

Not bound by constraints
Urges to Obey the world
Resist the fight, child

Take your sword in hand,
The battle is never won
To make it your own

Haiku. It's my favourite form, I think. Simplicity and brute force of words. It's not something that is over complicated, an idea to spark further ideas, it what I get when I read Haiku. Over the last year or year I tried to become a master of the Haiku. Hasn't always worked, but I keep trying and sometimes I get some awesome poetry out of it.

Sometimes it is easy to form the  metered 5-7-5 form, but other, not so much. There is a simplicity in the Haiku. Sometimes I think that is why it is harder to write, but most interesting to read and try for oneself. You have to pare down your thoughts to the basic concepts, and then if you are going for a stinger ending, nail it is 5 syllables. Not easy. But, I have seen some uber talented Haiku writers on the interwebs that are note worthy. You should check one of them out.

Haiku Hare

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  1. I love haiku! Much can be said in a few syllables.:)

  2. I love how you used multiple haikus to make a poem and I love that you embedded the quote in the poem instead of just in the beginning or the top. Thank you!

  3. reading Haiku always inspires me to get to writing it! Thank you for sharing these most excellent pieces!!

  4. You did a great job with the prompt Cynthia :)

  5. I completely understand. Writing a short story is WAY easier than writing flash fiction. In flash fiction every word counts. There's definitely some amazing power that comes from channeling words in a condensed fashion.


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