haiku #15

went walking
composing a sonnet
came home with a haiku


About Greg Bryant

I teach writing and literature at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas.
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3 Responses to haiku #15

  1. bryon says:

    Just think of all the great haiku Shakespeare would have given us had he done more self-editing as you did:

    lovers —
    bright, fixed star
    always leads them

    • Greg Bryant says:

      Ha! That’s actually pretty nice.

      Yeah, Shakespeare was a creature of a different poetic culture. Still, his stuff has a lot of the compactness and imagistic punch of haiku; it’s only that he sort of weaves a dozen or so haiku together in an iambic pentameter format rhymed ababcdcdefefgg.

      Here are two lines from Romeo and Juliet, where R. is telling J. it’s almost daylight and he’d better get the hell out of her bedroom before one of her goon cousins beats his brains out:

      Night’s candles have gone out, and jocund day
      stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops.


  2. bryon says:

    Shakespeare was a creature of a different poetic culture.

    It’s wondrous the different poetic cultures we humans have given birth to and the myriad beauties of each. I have to think that, if properly explained, Shakespeare and Issa would have appreciated each other’s work and perhaps noodled around with the other guy’s specialty just for fun. Then there’s us, today, and we get to pick and choose and enjoy and try on all that has been created before us. “Lucky mud,” indeed.

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