Saturday

Fibromyalgia Haiku

The day is passing
The feathery bed is all
That is left for me.

This is my first attempt at a haiku in many years. I think we studied and wrote them in high school. They appealed to my seventeen year old self and now again they appeal to my old self - the part that lives in pain. I wrote this as April 17th is Haiku Poetry Day.

If there’s one thing that we remember from High School, it’s the day that we were introduced to the great Japanese art-form that is Haiku. While it may have an ancient and noble history, it is likely at it’s most ignoble when a group of young kids try to cobble together Haiku in series of five-seven-five. Haiku Day reminds us that there is so much more to this style of poetry than a misspent week in our literature courses! Days of the Year

I think the following haiku titled 'pain is your prison' by Peter Galen Massey describes Fibromyalgia well. 

when the true pain comes / the body is your prison / and your enemy

The Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry written in three lines. 
The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. 
The lines rarely rhyme. 
Haiku is a mood poem. 
They began to appear as an independent poem, in Japan, by the time of Matsuo Bashō (16441694) who wrote many in his lifetime. Basho was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime he was recognized for his poetry and today he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku.

So what should haiku accomplish? What should it provide the reader? According to the classic haiku poets of Japan, haiku should present the reader with an observation of a natural, commonplace event, in the simplest words, without verbal trickery. The effect of haiku is one of "sparseness". It's a momentary snatch from time's flow, crystallized and distilled. Nothing more. LITERARY KICKS

Matsuo Basho haiku
Bashō meets two farmers celebrating the mid-autumn moon festival
in a print from Yoshitoshi's Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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