Monday, April 10, 2006


After discovering Hanami recently I was delighted to see the vision on the left when I opened the bedroom curtains this weekend.

As I celebrated with a glass or two in Japanses style, I decided to compose my own haiku tribute.

Here is the skinny from Wikipedia on how you go about it.

"Haiku is a mode of Japanese poetry, a late 19th century revision by Masaoka Shiki of the older hokku (発句), the opening verse of a linked verse form, haikai no renga . A traditional hokku consists of a pattern of approximately 5, 7, and 5 morae, phonetic units which only partially correspond to the syllables of languages such as English. It also contains a special season word (the kigo) descriptive of the season in which the renga is set. Hokku often combine two (or rarely, three) different elements into a unified sensory impression, with a major grammatical break (kire) usually at the end of either the first five or second seven morae. "

I came up with:

Through my front window
Spring blooming cherry blossom.
Where is the corkscrew?

A 5,7,5 syllable pattern wth the kigo at the beginning of line two, the kire at the end of that line, and a contrasting yet complementary element introduced in the third.

As I was quite happy with it I decided to translate it into Japanese with Alta Vista's babelfish. That gave me:

On a whim I translated it back into English again:
Through the cherry tree where the spring of my frontal window blooms.
As for the cork plug pulling out it is somewhere?

Pure Zen.

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