How haiku keeps us grounded in nature and therefore reality

Today we stick to reality.

This is one of the benefits of haiku.

In haiku the SOMETHING and the SOMETHING ELSE are set down together in clearly stated images. Together they complete and fulfill each other as ONE PARTICULAR EVENT.

— Betty Drevniok

In simplest terms, haikai meant rejection of poetic diction and adoption of language in daily use.

— Excerpt From: Hiroaki Sato. On Haiku.” Apple Books.

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.

— Susan Sontag

What we need for haiku:

midwinter bathing —
his head, the moon
in the water

— Issa

socks drying
in frosty sun -

— Utsuji

wood chip path
the length of
my lunch hour

— Bryan Rickert

bare branches—
listening to the poem
without metaphor

— Nicole Pottier, France

blackbird and nightfall sharing the darkness

— Virginia Brady Young

I know for certain
at the top of the staircase
is the Milky Way

— Shionoya Jin

a red mail truck
stopped at the postbox
winter clouds

– Akiyama Shūkōryō

flame passing
from stick to stick —
such quiet.

— Sojo

not quite dark yet
and the stars shining
above the withered fields

— Buson

an iris
whiter at twilight
my hometown

— Shiki

awake at night —
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold

— Basho

ducks break the surface in the dark blurry crescent moons

— Chris Gordon

children imitating cormorants
are even more wonderful
than cormorants

— Issa

this sunflower
is the same height
as my late mother

— Kaneko Atsushi

on the wolf
a lone

— Kaneko Tota

whale broiled on skewers and this cup

— Tōyō

sparrow after sparrow comes
to this plum branch

— Inoue Mikio

bag lady
threading holiday tinsel
through her cart

— an’ya

blistered paint
the boat we named
for you

— Debbie Strange

after Ophelia
she drowns
her Barbies

— Bill Pauly

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