He announces his

entrance with a hearty burp;

Why do they do this?


By Scooj

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

15 thoughts on “Fourteen”

      1. Hi scooj,
        Your not alone, in fact there are untold writers, even those that host blogs that put up prompt words for haiku don’t themselves conform. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it seems that the English written language is trending away from the true Japanese guidelines in all manner of ways. You’ll find modern so called haiku pay no respect at all to the 5,7,5 format on the pretence that it is difficult to conform. I do understand that it is not compulsory even the Japanese masters did not always conform but not in excess. Anyway I can only give advice, and when I come across some with likes in the hundreds, then out of respect I turn a blind eye, mainly as like your poetry, they are brilliant, but? Many thanks for your understanding,


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      2. I always stick to the 5,7,5 convention. I dream in syllables! If ever I depart from the convention, it is a mistake. I usually try to include reference to a season or the natural world when I want to write a serious haiku. Often I am just playing with telling stories in seventeen syllables…it is a good discipline for someone who works in communications.

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