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Hanshan wrote this Haiku. I enjoy reading and writing Haiku. A poem’s meaning is usually shrouded in mystery, but Haiku even more so.  There is so much left to the imagination.

I turn off the light —

my heart a precipice

before the moon

I have not written a Haiku for a while, but decided to take a run at it. Mine is less abstract.

Words separate spaces

overflowing and alluring

Flooding my senses

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

10 responses »

  1. Hello, liked your Haiku, and wanted to mention technically this is a Senryu because it is not about nature. I learned this from a poetry site. The one you posted above it was exquisite, also.

  2. Yours is a westernized Haiku, but Haiku nonetheless, as you’ve included your senses 😉

  3. I was taught by my infallible English teacher that the three lines are supposed to speak of one thing, thereby paying honor to the form by which it is said most poetry in scripture is written; it is therefore a tribute to the form of many (most) poems in Scripture where three lines repeat the same thought in three different ways. I cannot at the moment tell you what it is called, but I have tried it and from my point of view it is not the easiest to create.\
    I think yours is very well done as well as appropriate considering your work.


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