Haiku (pl. Hokku) - Japanese Amusement Verses
December 23, 2012 10:21pm CST
I have recently bought a collection of Kobayashi Issa's hokku. These are remarkable Japanese verses ("hai" for amusement, "ku" for verse), written in a very unique style of 17 syllables. Usually, that's enough for three lines. Very short and precise verses. Personally, I use them for my own meditation. Meaning I use meditation as a way of relaxation, and these verses may serve the same purpose. It is often recommended to open a random page and see which you will uncover for yourself. See if it may represent how you feel, your overall mood or events happening in your life. "Early spring - Stream flows Towards my door." As it is winter outside, I feel like this represents more of what is inside of me. I have overcome my recent depression, and now I am ready to accomplish my goals, improve in my life overall, exercise, refresh myself. This haiku serves my new start in life. Try it. Haiku is a very interesting way of uncovering your own feelings, moods, state of mind.