shimmer diamonds on red
melts sweet on my tongue
The real motivation for taking part in the Haiku festival, hosted by Tracy of Pink Pearl, was to share a poem by Fujiwara no Toshinari (Miyamori Asataro) from the book "Hiroshige's Tokaido In Prints and Poetry". I was under the impression that it was a book of haiku until I read it again.
Longing for you overmuch,
I gaze up to the sky above you,
Lo! through curtains of thin mist,
Silver threads of spring rain falling.
*Sigh* So beautiful.
Another precious discovery is the book about Haiku called "Snow" by Maxenee Fermine. You can read the first few pages on Amazon. The entire book is both a novel and a poem. Books rarely move me to tears and when they do it's often from pain. This book moved me to tears because of its exquisite beauty. It reads quickly. In fact I recommend reading it all at once for the rhythm. It isn't pretentious. It's gripping. The language is simple but says volumes.
Doctor Gurley wrote a post about health benefits of writing haiku, saying that it 'lifts the mood, is good for the brain' and is a good "joy habit." I almost skipped writing my Strawberry Haiku to go straight to the poets I love. I've avoided poetry writing since Jr. High which was as inspiring as pulling teeth, but on the Doc's advice I may give it another go.
P.S. Does anyone know why blogger doesn't always publish the blank line between paragraphs?