Soaking up the rays
after choosing ‘right’ cushion
Moments before this peaceful scene they jostled and jumped from cushion to cushion until everyone settled down. The fourth cushion could have been occupied, but our orange-haired cat tends to shun community events and the elderly dog currently visiting backed off when cushion selection became hectic (despite my efforts to help out).
I decided to write a haiku today after reading an essay by the late Haiku poet, Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) about composing haiku with a fragment and a phrase. Her fragment and phrase theory makes sense to me. Perhaps even more interesting are her words about how she related to haiku writing guidelines. Here is a small excerpt:
There is, thank goodness, no one way to write a haiku. Though the literature has haiku which we admire and even model our own works on, there is no one style or technique which is absolutely the best. Haiku is too large for that. Haiku has, in its short history been explored and expanded by writers so that now we have a fairly wide range of styles, techniques and methods to investigate.
To read her full essay please visit Carpe Diem Universal Jane #17 fragment and phrase.