The poet must study devices and forms. The wordsmith must cast these things to the wind and write.
A traditional Japanese poem. Haiku use a 3-line form with seventeen total syllables. It is written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Haiku emphasize simplicity, intensity and directness of expression. There is often an element of dichotomy inferred. Traditionally, haiku share some element referencing a season. Historically and across cultures, haiku focus on images from nature. Modern and romanized haiku have expanded into many themes.
Here’s an example of my passionate-themed haiku:
A thousand mornings
Until star-shine and sunshine
Whisper our goodnight
See Haiku – Spirit of a Moment for more information and links to famous haiku poets and publications.
This is another type of Japanese poem. Tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. Tanka translates as “short song.” Tanka is best known in romanized languages as a five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. Traditionally, Japanese poets would share tanka at waka (songs or verses) parties. People would sometimes pair up to write tanka, one person writing the first 3 lines and another person answering with the next 2 lines.
Here is an example of my first tanka attempt:
Escape free spirit
from the lash of wage slavers
assaulted by my red pill
To learn more about Tanka forms, poets and to connect to Tanka poets, check out: Tanka Society of America