The Haiku Pond
Haiku, senryu, tanka
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19th September 6:07am
badmalthus Harry Rout

Important! The 2018 Mainichi contest for haiku.
Here is the address for this years International Mainichi Haiku contest. You must be quick as it closes on the 30th of September.
It is judged each year by some wonderful Japanese haijuns.
18th September 2:34am
badmalthus Harry Rout

Just want to say thanks to all members for working hard and contributing to "The Haiku Pond".
For new members, please throw some ink into our beautiful pond for us all to enjoy.
17th September 3:41am
badmalthus Harry Rout

This weeks senryu theme
As with our haiku this week, please compose with freedom.
17th September 3:40am
badmalthus Harry Rout

This weeks haiku theme is of your own choosing.
Please feel free to compose your haiku on whatever subject takes your fancy.
Edited 13th September 00:35am
badmalthus Harry Rout

Tanka theme for September
Compose a tanka in regards to any of the many things you do during the course of a single day that requires no assistance.
9th September 11:18pm
badmalthus Harry Rout

Senryu theme of the week
9th September 11:15pm
badmalthus Harry Rout

Haiku theme of the week
Edited 11th September 2:56am
badmalthus Harry Rout

For all things wabi-sabi
Ahavanti made a wonderful suggestion in regards to all things wabi-sabi having it's very own thread. Here we can post anything concerning wabi-sabi, including photographs that you have permission to use as we must not infringe anyone's property. Many thanks A.
9th September 11:02pm
badmalthus Harry Rout

For "Newbies" (Generous advice from all welcome)
A few members wanted a place to post their work in order that we all continue to learn. Let's all offer assistance whenever we can.
Many thanks Johnny.
6th September 6:54pm

cold turkey
cuts that shake basic needs
pine needles drop in heat
5th September 11:25pm
badmalthus Harry Rout

Kireji (cutting word)
Many haiku have a pause at either the end of the first or second line. The Japanese have word sounds that achieve this; ka, kana, etc. We westen haijuns use a variety of methods to achieve this. Many use commas, some a simple dash, I personally use ellipsis (...). William J. Higginson used it often and when he translated Basho's famous haiku in The Haiku Handbook he used the ellipsis.

old pond...
a frog leaps in
water's sound

The use of the kireji is a personal choice and many modern haijuns choose to use no "cutting word" at all relying solely on the wording of the haiku or senryu to achieve the pause. Of course many haiku have no pause at all.
I know of several poets that simply miss a line to emphasize the pause between line one or two. The general rule is open to interpretation so I suggest you use what you feel comfortable with. I must admit that I am experimenting with the line space method at the moment but I'm still not sure whether I will use it in the future.

Edited 3rd September 11:19pm
badmalthus Harry Rout

Introduction to Tanka Poetry
Tanka writing is another pre-haiku form of Japanese poetry that is written in a stanzaic form of, five-seven-five / seven-seven pattern. Again, we must remember that this is not our traditional syllable count but onji, word sounds, so a tanka follows the same rules as haiku and senryu writing.
Tanka were often used as love notes sent from lover to lover that expressed desire and gratitude. Initially they were used to express an appreciation of nature. These days they are written on just about every subject, from love to war, politics and religion.
So please, do not hold back...let your tanka speak honestly...let them shout or let them whisper.


sitting silently
beneath the moon
and stars

memories of you
come and go