New year, new work ethic. Once again, this is that post; the one where I say I’m going to stick my nose to the grind stone until I can cut sausages with my face. Yes, we’ve heard it all before: I’m going to post weekly, I have this idea, characters aren’t going to be left in limbo for months on end. That said, my first gigantic project of the year is entitled Haiku 52.
As you might imagine, this means 1 haiku a week for the entire year. I hope to encapsulate an event that occurred during the week in a hand-crafted haiku. As such, when I look back on Haiku 52, I’ll have a complete record of moments from 2012. So, just to get you up to speed and make sure that we’re all on the same page:
What is a haiku? Well, since you’re on the internet, it is easy enough to look up. However, I will entertain you with my own definition: a haiku is a form of poem that originated in Japan. The haiku follows a rigid structure composed of seventeen syllables (actually, phonetic units, but this complicates things) arranged in three lines. Haiku are typically about nature; similar short poems that are not about nature are called either zappai or senryū.
That said, I’ll give you a list of what you can expect to find as I go through Haiku 52:
- I’ll be following a 5-7-5 structure.
- I’m using the term haiku even though some of my poems may be zappai or senryū. I’ll address this difference as we go on.
- Occasionally, I’ll post what I’ve come to call a Mega-Haiku, which is a series of haiku about the same subject intended as a series of impressions about the same subject. While the individual haiku are enjoyable by themselves, taken as a whole, they provide a fuller experience.
Got it? Excellent. Moving on. Here’s this week’s haiku, which happens to be a Mega-Haiku:
New Year’s 2012
The old year is gone
Taking with it withered days;
Lengthening the past.
The new year has come,
bringing newly blossomed days,
The promised future.