Monday, February 27, 2006

poem and post

this week begins lent. i'm not a catholic but i am a christian and have taken up the practice of lent the last few years.

the idea is basically to forgo something for ~40-45 days before easter in order to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for me by coming to earth.

i will also 'take something on', to help me remember what jesus took on my going to the cross. something which will be difficult, challenging but worthwhile.

so, i'll be posting haiku poems during lent. these are small poems, japanese in origin. they are meant to be very 'zen'--contemplative without necessarily meaning anything. observatory, objective, and distant. this is an extremely difficult form to master--both because we as humans imbue things with meaning by creating them, and we as humans see(k) meaning in things. the writer of the haiku is attempting to separate him or herself, and the reader from making an emotional connection with the object of the poem.


*****

"Flowers of morning glory.
The sky above this street
Begins to overcast."

~hisajo sugita

3 Comments:

At 4:37 PM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Are you sure the whole haiku thing isn't just a way for you to type less every Monday? ;)

 
At 6:49 PM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

I hope to get a haiku every day. :)

 
At 8:27 AM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

well, i did write a whole paragraph explaining haiku theory.

but less writing and more meditation is good too.

and, you can't handle a haiku every day.

 

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