Guest Post: Haiku

This is a scheduled post from one of my loyal followers/readers who loves her Haiku. I was not sure about Haiku and did not understand it so she has written a post explaining it. Check out her blog which shows her talent mashAllah. Thank you Asni for agreeing to do a guest post for me.

First of all, thank you Foz, for inviting me to write a guest post on your blog.  I hope you are having a restful time now before baby arrive.
My name is Asni.  I used to blog at Inspiring Always  but now I blog at A Walk In My Heart,   which is dedicated to haiku.
What is haiku?
Haiku is a micro poetry originated from Japan.  It’s written in three lines consisting of 17 syllable word count or less.  In Japanese it would be 5 syllables on Line 1, 7 syllables on Line 2 and 5 syllables on Line 3.  However, writing in English, most haiku poets would either follow the same pattern of 5/7/5 syllable count or the Short/Long/Short pattern.
Haiku differs from other poetry in that it is a reflective poetry.  It describes about the everyday common things that we encounter in our life, about the present moment, perhaps the moment in which we are experiencing some revelations.
The most famous Japanese haiku poets are Matsuo Basho, Issa, etc. Here are some of their haiku which I want to share with you:-
the distant mountains
are reflected in the eye
of a dragonfly
In this haiku, the poet saw a dragonfly which seemed to be looking at the distant mountains.  Before this, I never think that an insect would also be looking at what I am looking and perhaps appreciating the beauty that God has created. 
hurriedly runs rain
toward the sunlit grain field
half across the plain
In this haiku, the poet was on a field of grain when it starts to rain and he observes how the rain was falling on to the grain field appearing as though the rain was running across it.
from the plum-scented air
suddenly the sun comes up
on the mountain road
In this haiku, the poet was walking on the mountain road and he notices that the air was fragrant with the smell of plum ripening on the trees and he notices that as he was walking up the mountain the sun seems to be coming up the mountain as well.
Haiku makes me notice small things that are happening all around me, as though I am in their place and feel what they are going through and feeling at that moment.
I am still learning to write haiku.  They seem to be so simple but from experience it sometimes takes me days to come out with something that looks so simple.  If you want to see some of my haiku please visit my blog A Walk In My Heart –>> here. 
I am now participating in NaHaiWriMo for the August writing prompt.  Feel free to read other participants postings on Facebook, as well as mine –>> here

Here are some of the haiku (my favorites!) which I have written so far for the NaHaiWriMo prompt which is on Facebook:-

mountain path
when I’m not looking
chrysanthemums bloom

showing off
spiderman t-shirt
he tries to fly

grass grows
amidst birdsong and camellias
mother’s grave

You can read other haiku and “like” any of them on Facebook —>> 
Perhaps, you may want to learn to write haiku?  You can learn the basics and this is a good place to start –>> here.

Thank you once again, Foz, for the opportunity to guest post at your blog.  God bless and may you have a smooth delivery and a healthy, bouncy baby.

Much love,
Asni Amin


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