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Saturday Inspiration: The Haiku

A water photo

Of kale and radish bathing.

My phone froze July.

—photo and haiku by Jennifer Barnick, Twenty-two Twenty-eight Founder

One of the most crucial forms of self-care is stress-reduction. Now more than ever, we need to find ways to unwind and expand our minds beyond our daily worries and stresses. So today, our Saturday Inspiration is to encourage you to read a few haikus and maybe even try your hand at writing one.

A haiku is a form of poetry consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. (britnnica.com) The haiku originates from Japan. Haikus are derived from hokku. The hokku was a short sequence that opened a longer poem, and it would be used to establish the season of the longer poem that followed. Overtime, the hokku began to be appreciated as an art form in and of itself and became a stand-alone, distinct form of poetry. The Japanese poets Basho and Yosa Buson were considered haiku masters. (poetryfoundation.org)

Reading haiku can be incredibly rewarding, as the small syllable allowance often produces surprisingly potent and voluminous images in the mind. Just reading a few can be very rewarding and extremely stress-reducing. Writing haiku can also be an incredible way to take a break from the stresses of the world and re-ground yourself.

"An ancient pond!

With a sound from the water

Of the frog as it plunges in."

"On a withered branch

A crow is sitting

This autumn eve."

—both by Basho translated by William George Aston

"Sunset on the park

Brisk air bites my unzipped coat

Leashes pull my arm"

—haiku by Rose Smith, Twenty-two Twenty-eight Blog Editor