The Daily Haiku

If you’re familiar with our Facebook page or our Twitter, you’ll be familiar with the daily haiku. Every day we post an original haiku, sometimes referring to things that are happening with the band and sometimes, it’s just about whatever happens to come into my ken at the time.  I had once (pre-Twitter) had a practice of writing haiku a day for several years, so the idea of taking up the practice again didn’t phase me, and the form seemed uniquely suited to the 140 character restriction. We thought it might be a nice way of touching base with our fans without wittering on about ourselves all the time. And so it began.  

At first, the haiku were fairly to the point. The first one read:  

when November comes  

we play Seattle, Whidbey  

and Centralia  

another:  

birthdays today for  

Virgil Bolger, my brother  

and Tom Burke, my friend   

but I also posted about nature, the original role of the haiku:  

a distant soft chord  

hums from the highway this dawn  

crickets chirp descant  

In time I began to experiment. I always stuck to the syllable pattern 5, 7, 5 per line. I like the discipline of it and it’s what people expect. In actuality, the haiku syllable number system can be very flexible and many modern haiku even ignore the number of lines. This can make certain words almost unusable: does ‘fire’ contain one syllable or two syllables? Where I come from ‘Ireland’ has two syllables; in the US many people pronounce it as three syllables.  

The haiku is traditionally about nature and those pieces that are about the human world are called senryu and a good number of the posts fall into that category.  

I’d make no claims for my haiku being poetry — haiku is a very powerful and subtle art form once described as “an open door that looks shut”, but the act of producing them has proven to be a growing experience. There’s the fact that one must be written everyday — “inspiration is for amateurs” as artist Chuck Close once said. Then there’s wondering if the piece is any good — you just have to put it out there and take what happens. For any kind of creative artist, both of those disciplines are well worth developing.  

I experimented with sound. Though rhyme and musical language is not a feature of haiku I, being bred on Irish poetry, just had to use alliteration, assonance and consonance and all of the features that I’m familiar with. 

a thunder stutter  

then gutters slug-full of rain   

drain to grateful dirt  

and sometimes I insert myself as narrator. This is probably my primary sin against the form and one I often feel uncomfortable with:  

if I could but fly  

I’d wild goose chase all across  

the grey Winter sky  

some are dark:  

a foxglove venom  

rent his heart; tore ventricle  

and blue vein apart 

some light:  

a scut of a child  

a rogue of the smiling tribe  

loping down the road 

So, it’s the daily haiku. Or the daily ‘something like a haiku’. The art form itself is hugely pleasing to me and allows great flexibility. At this point, I’m not sure that I could achieve the depth and poignancy that a really good haiku can give, but I’m having fun and when I get stuck, I can always throw in a limerick: “There was a young lady of Exeter …” 

17 comments

  • Randy Patrick
    Randy Patrick Lakeville, MN
    Thanks for sharing these haiku's, Mick. They often bring a smile or a shake of my head or make me think. The imagery often makes me think of my home in Colorado. Often, they stir my brain and I must reply with one of my own. cheers!

    Thanks for sharing these haiku's, Mick. They often bring a smile or a shake of my head or make me think. The imagery often makes me think of my home in Colorado. Often, they stir my brain and I must reply with one of my own. cheers!

  • Colcannon
    Colcannon
    Cheers, Randy -- always great to hear from you and I'll endeavour to keep you shaking your head!

    Cheers, Randy -- always great to hear from you and I'll endeavour to keep you shaking your head!

  • Hilda Phelps
    Hilda Phelps USA
    The owner of this page also contains a lot of accounts on other social media apps like twitter, youtube, Instagram, and Facebook. To get register everywhere, [url=https://www.resumehelpservices.com/livecareer-com-review/]livecareer com[/url] yahoo answers will help you a lot to get registered.

    The owner of this page also contains a lot of accounts on other social media apps like twitter, youtube, Instagram, and Facebook. To get register everywhere, livecareer com yahoo answers will help you a lot to get registered.

  • jackiee
    jackiee United States
    [url=https://www.danezon.com/product/dark-brown-mens-casual-leather-jacket/]Dark Brown Mens Casual Leather Jacket[/url]
  • James astorga
    James astorga USA
    Thanks for sharing this great and informative content good work keep it up [url=https://www.hjackets.com/category/aviator-jackets/]aviator jackets[/url]

    Thanks for sharing this great and informative content good work keep it up aviator jackets

  • Carolyn S. Aasen
    Carolyn S. Aasen newyork
    best post [url=https://movieclothiers.com/product-category/cafe-racer-jacket] Cafe Racer Jackets![/url]
  • Christie Brown
    Christie Brown United States
    It's ideal to realize that this subject is by and large likewise covered on this site [url=https://www.shopcelebswear.com/product/the-gentlemen-coach-tracksuit/]The Gentlemen Tracksuit[/url] so applauds setting aside the effort to examine this! Much obliged over and over!

    It's ideal to realize that this subject is by and large likewise covered on this site The Gentlemen Tracksuit so applauds setting aside the effort to examine this! Much obliged over and over!

  • brindabhatt4813
    brindabhatt4813 united state
    A [url=https://www.shreedama.com/services/digital-marketing/]digital marketing company in surat[/url] is different from your traditional marketing company in that they are typically focused on results-based marketing in the digital world. A digital marketing company is a brand-development and lead-generating engine in [url=https://www.shreedama.com/]IT Company[/url].

    A digital marketing company in surat is different from your traditional marketing company in that they are typically focused on results-based marketing in the digital world. A digital marketing company is a brand-development and lead-generating engine in IT Company.

  • Mike Rooney
    Mike Rooney USA
    Wonderful article. Fascinating to read. I love to read such an excellent article. Thanks! It has made my task more and extra easy. Keep rocking. [url=https://www.celebsmoviejackets.com/the-falcon-and-the-winter-soldier-zemo-coat]The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Zemo Coat[/url]

    Wonderful article. Fascinating to read. I love to read such an excellent article. Thanks! It has made my task more and extra easy. Keep rocking.
    The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Zemo Coat

  • the
    the united state
    Thank you for your informative article, [url=https://www.thejacketzone.com/product/harley-davidson-women-leather-tote-bag]the[/url]

    Thank you for your informative article,
    the

  • muneer
    muneer Nicaragua
    definately enjoy every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff of your blog a must read blog! [url=https://europa-road.eu/hu/medence-szallitas-kedvezo-aron.php]https://europa-road.eu/hu/medence-szallitas-kedvezo-aron.php[/url]

    definately enjoy every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff of your blog a must read blog!
    https://europa-road.eu/hu/medence-szallitas-kedvezo-aron.php

  • muneer
    muneer Pakistan
    Awesome things you've generally imparted to us. Simply continue written work this sort of posts.The time which was squandered in going for educational cost now it can be utilized for studies.Thanks [url=http://www.fokuszpalyazat.hu/]Fókuszpályázat[/url]

    Awesome things you've generally imparted to us. Simply continue written work this sort of posts.The time which was squandered in going for educational cost now it can be utilized for studies.Thanks
    Fókuszpályázat

  • Jason Albert
    Jason Albert America
    It was so good to see you acknowledging this topic, it really feels great. Thanks for sharing such valuable information which is very hard to find normally. I have subscribed to your website and will be promoting it to my friends and other people as well. [url=https://americasuits.com/yellowstone-beth-dutton-blue-coat]Beth Dutton Jacket[/url]

    It was so good to see you acknowledging this topic, it really feels great. Thanks for sharing such valuable information which is very hard to find normally. I have subscribed to your website and will be promoting it to my friends and other people as well.
    Beth Dutton Jacket

  • Malena Morgan
    Malena Morgan United States
    This Is Such an informative Post I Would Love To Read More Content As This Thank you an excellent platform for sharing your knowledge with others. [url=https://www.hleatherjackets.com/]Leather Jacket[/url]

    This Is Such an informative Post I Would Love To Read More Content As This Thank you an excellent platform for sharing your knowledge with others. Leather Jacket

  • Jennifer Edson
    Jennifer Edson Canada
    Great post and thank you for giving me some space for leave remark, and I need to share some valuable data. [url=https://www.eliteinhomefitness.com/]personal training in boston[/url]

    Great post and thank you for giving me some space for leave remark, and I need to share some valuable data. personal training in boston

  • miyara
    miyara 台灣
    This dish is very suitable for the hot weather in Taiwan, especially for men and women who often run foreign affairs in the sun,[url=https://www.viagraeshop.com]https://www.viagraeshop.com[/url]are physically weak and are prone to heatstroke, and can be used as a daily diet for health care.[url=https://www.cialislilly.com]犀利士[/url]

    This dish is very suitable for the hot weather in Taiwan, especially for men and women who often run foreign affairs in the sun,https://www.viagraeshop.comare physically weak and are prone to heatstroke, and can be used as a daily diet for health care.犀利士

Add comment