Book: Song of Every Season by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, Haiku, Unrhymed Poetry, Nature, Beauty, Serenity, Illustrations, Pictures of Nature, Animals, Birds, Seasons, Mental Images, Haiku Sequence
Linda Swiftabout this book: Song of Every Season is a collection of haiku and haiku sequence that depicts the four seasons equally. For many years, I have written the occasional haiku. Many have been published and won awards in poetry contests. When I found a publisher receptive to poetry submissions, I gathered my haiku together and was surprised to learn that I had a collection worthy of a print book. This included a few haiku of greater length on the same subject called a haiku sequence.
Haiku is an unrhymed Japanese lyric poem having a fixed three line form containing five, seven, five syllables respectively. Modern haiku sometimes has only two lines or has fewer syllables in lines but this book has traditional haiku only.
A haiku is not meant for "doing" but for "being." It presents a word picture, usually of nature in all its beauty and whimsy. It is a good example of the statement "Less is more." And believe me when I tell you that painting a word picture in seventeen syllables is not always easy. To enhance the mental images, the publisher added beautiful illustrations of each season which make the print book a wonderful gift for people of all ages on any occasion.
Haiku can be read again and again, just as one may look at a painting more than once. If done well, a haiku leaves an image as vivid as any tangible work of art. I hope that reading my haiku will give you serenity and a deeper awareness of self. Here are lines from the book to launch you on that path.
Storm clouds slip a lid
Over the rim of morning
Capping warm sunlight
Black ink on blue page
In perfect penmanship "V"
Wild geese print on sky
Sits in after-Christmas tree
Ornament that sings
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