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November 19, 2012 · 1:26 pm

Non-poet seeks poet friends for haiku lessons. Please enquire within.

Haikus are beautiful, aren’t they? I’m of the opinion that beautiful things are definitely worth trying.

Want to help? I think I’ll need some, and its much more fun doing it with others.

My basic understanding is that haikus depict a scene within three lines of 5-7-5 syllables, often including a seasonal reference. Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously simple… I guess I’ll find out soon!

OK, here goes.

Oceans
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Little explorer

discovers vast, silent seas.

Summer’s here, my dear.

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Ouch, that’s trickier than I thought! I was right to be suspicious, it’s not that easy to fit all you want to say into 5-7-5 syllables!

So, how did my first attempt go? Suggestions, comments, reflections welcome.

How would you do it? I’d love to hear other people’s interpretations of the image above.

I wonder, do haikus ever stray from the 5-7-5 rule or is it quite strict? Is there more to a haiku than what I mentioned above?

Cheers,

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A refuge for the discarded

I seem to have become something of a ‘Literature Rescuer’ providing a refuge for the once-loveds that no longer line the shelves of friends’ bookcases. Much to H’s annoyance, I have been delighted to stack my already overflowing shelves with books, more books. Here is a photo of my latest acquisitions.

Piles of books by Stephen King, Dostoyevski and Dean Koontz

Ah, books, I welcome you.

I’ve even managed to find happy homes or creative uses for duplicates!

I look forward to sharing more of my reading endeavours over the next few weeks (specifically, Stephen King, Tim Winton and Suzanne Collins), but for now I must study for an upcoming exam.

Until then.

Your Constant Reader.

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