8
January

A Hybrid Haiga/Senryu … of sorts!

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I’ve written a hybrid haiga/senryu … of sorts. I say, “of sorts” because a senryu like a haiga follows a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Purists don’t get upset! I realize that in an authentic haiku this pattern is in “on” and that “on” don’t necessarily equate to syllables in English. That aside, haiku are typically about nature, have a reference to the seasons and have a “cutting” word. Senryu are typically about human nature, our foibles in particular and are also typically cynical or darkly humorous. They have no reference to a season or a cutting word.

This little piece doesn’t really fit into either genre. Since I wanted the message to be about serenity and beauty in the human soul, a part of human nature, I call it a senryu. Whatever it’s called, my hope in writing it is that when you have the chance to enjoy a beautiful, serene moment (a sunrise, sunset or whatever), you allow it to not only bless your eyes but also allow it to fill your heart. Let the beauty and serenity of the moment still your soul and center you. You won’t regret it!

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1
January

A Haiga for the New Year

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With the change of calendars, one of my desires is to write more this year. To make writing a higher priority than it was last year. So, it made sense to publish a something new today, January 1st, 2014. I mean, it wouldn’t be such a great start if I skipped writing the first day now would it? I hope you enjoy this simple haiga. Happy new year, everyone!

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18
December

Scent of a Haiga – now available on Blurb

Sannel black and white3My dear friend, Sannel Larson from Sweden, has combined her significant talents for poetry and photography into a wonderful new book, a piece of art really, entitled, “Scent of a Haiga“. I’ve been a fan of Sannel’s haiga for some time and have always enjoyed her sensitive and insightful verses and lovely photos that reflect not only the beauty of the world about her but also the beauty that resides within her. Anyone who knows Sannel knows exactly what I mean.

scentofahaigaIf you haven’t read Sannel’s poetry before, then you are in for a treat. Not only are the haiga wonderful but the book itself is a quality hardback available in dust jacket or image wrap. It will give you hours of enjoyment as you read and re-read her haiga and it will also make a great addition to your library. I plan to display mine prominently on my coffee table so that visitors to my home can also enjoy Sannel’s talent.

Scent of a Haiga” is available now on Blurb just in time for the holidays. It really would make an excellent gift! You can also enjoy more of Sannel’s poetry and her other interests on her two blogs, Sannel’s World of Poetry and Sannel in a Nutshell. Both are well worth repeated visits!

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6
December

Majestic Morning

Majestic Morning

Majestic Morning
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Photo: Richard Stephen 5-December-2013

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5
December

The Life of a Leaf

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The Life of a Leaf
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Photo: Richard Stephen, 24-November-2013

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4
December

Daybreak on the Lake

Daybreak

Daybreak on the Lake
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Photo: Richard Stephen, 30-December-2013

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12
November

Two Roses

Two Roses

Two Roses
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Photo: Richard Stephen, 9-November-2013

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23
October

Another Beautiful Morning

Another Beautiful Morning

Another Beautiful Morning
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Photo: Richard Stephen, 23-October-2013

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25
September

Wild Purple Iris

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Wild Purple Iris
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Photo: Richard Stephen

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6
September

The Early Bird

The Early Bird

The Early Bird
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Photo: Richard Stephen 5-Sept-2013

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