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Friday, September 16, 2011

Haiku Monday: 9/19/2011

I couldn't find a few things I wanted for the videos below -- and the word lends itself to much more than is represented here. If you're on a PC, right click to open links in a new tab or window:


John Renbourn

The French Mistake

What a Pair (pardon the sound)

Rules, as Aunty wrote 'em:

First, of course, is the proper [syllabic] scheme of 5-7-5. Next is the use of Kigo, essentially a seasonal reference. Thirdly, the subkect matter is subjective but oughta have a universal ring to it--the best Haiku (accordin' to the Masters) oughta have an "aha!" moment where the reader/ listener recognizes the moment conveyed. An' a final consideration is a "cutting" --a division of the poem into two independent parts, but each enhances the other.
On visuals: I've changed my tune from the original posting a few hours ago (Aunty, take note). Of course, feel free to post visuals on your blog, but for them to be considered in the context of the haiku contest, please provide a link to them in the comments section along with your haiku. If it's a short YouTube clip or something from Google images or a photo you've uploaded to a Flickr account, whatever. That saves me the time of going back and forth to your delightful blogs and getting consumed with nonhaiku content, which I invariably do.

As I said, I've selected a topic about which I am ignorant, so visuals could help me understand your verse. Links to your blog, though, will not work in your favor, so don't even go there.

Not for nothing am I the czar -- more than a trace of Russian totalitarianism courses through my veins. 

But I'm not entirely evil: Post as many haiku as you please, all open for judging. Window for entries closes at 11:59pm, Pacific Daylight Time. That's a minute before 3am Tuesday on the U.S. east coast, and god only knows when sometime next week for our dear friend(s) in Australia.

Have at it, funsters. The theme for Haiku Monday is DANCE.


Aunty Belle said...

Czar? youse not showin' no mercy?

least an editor could do is correct mah typos : subject

But DANCE!! Fun fun....see ya Monday.

czar said...

See, Aunty? That's where that dialect stuff'll get you. As an editor I always leave dialect alone, except to query the author. On this side of the factory floor, we never know what's an error and what's intentional. I did fix your "rhyme" scheme, though.

Aunty Belle said...

an' a mercy ya did--fer the sake of the neophytes, it needed a clear directive. Thanky.

Aunty Belle said...

I'se not an atheist--I BELIEVE in editors!

moi said...

I'm traveling for the next few days, but I'll try to participate remotely. Good theme. But now I can't get the Don Henley song out of my head!

darkfoam said...

congrats on your most recent win.
i like dance. i will see what i can come up with.

grins said...

swaying leaves descend
sun pirouettes on gold and red
the aspen retire

chickory said...

very nice Curmudgeon!

darkfoam said...

and along the same line as the curmudgeon ....

gusting radiance
pirouetting sun kissed leaves
sighs ... with rake in hand.

Fleurdeleo said...

Summer's golden death.
Frenzied tree limbs whip the air
in Autumn's mosh pit.

czar said...

Fleur was maid of honor:

Eastertime shindig:
Pair twirls to their chosen tune —
First as bride and groom.

darkfoam said...

Back right, left, right scuff ....
sweat trickles and pools in bra.
dog days hoedown stomp..

Karl said...

Good night Czar,

Howdy All.

Congratulations on your win last week.

Only one this week. Many in my head, just no time. Dance is a favorite of mine.

Crisp fall breeze, warm hand
Just a quick step and a twirl
Oh sorry, your toe.

Aunty Belle said...

Wheeeee--heah we go--such competition already--excellent entires--this is gonna be a tough one.

DeepBlue said...

*bows before His Highness*

Good day, Your Majesty! Here's my entry for this week:

Dishin' out

Fine Spoons' arabesque;
Stir, pour, slide, tip-toe, run... Kling!
Light up the candles.

I've never been good with rules.

Amicalement vĂ´tre!

czar said...

@Deep Blue: Don't worry. I've been called far worse. And deservedly so.


Rafael said...

Joker's WILD:

OH! Sweet Lucifer!
Writhe in flames of blasphemy
Foolish dance of prey


DeepBlue said...

@czar: I'm quite fussy myself with French grammar and spelling!


Oh! Hai everyone! Very interesting offerings so far!

moi said...

Thanks to Wi-Fi at 40,000 feet:

Junior high school’s dread:
Palms sweat and knees knock. We are
all a Limburger.

Aunty Belle said...

Uncle offers:

It's our senior Prom
so, save the last dance for me-
or walk home tonight.

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Aunty Belle said...

UNCLE flings couple more:


Fourth an' goal to go;
two seconds left on game clock-
Dive play! End zone dance.


Last dance, hold her tight;
does she feel my heart beating-
Can I steal a kiss?

(groan: Aunty's re-write

Last dance, hold her tight;
does she feel my heart beating?
Aunty: "Thas' sappy." )

Princess said...

Apologies for this week, I won't be throwing my hat in the ring... but once a gain the competition is looking fierce...

I love the theme for this week...

Good luck everyone...

Aunty Belle said...


The owl swoops through chill
night air, mice skitter--Ancient

CJ said...

Supple, green we cling.
The air cools and the wind blows,
dry and red we fall.


Pam said...

A late entry, hopefully not too late. My life's dance lately:

Waltz, not a quick step
here at the end of the day.
Tempo picks up soon.

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