Counting syllables –
is this what makes a haiku?
Here’s mine! Now your turn.
(19 April 2013)
Haiku follows very strict and complex rules (form and context). … In practice, everyone make his/her style that is more or less far from the classical haiku. (from “A few rules …” on a French site called temps libres : free times)
The list of rules is extensive, spiced with contradictions, and lightly seasoned with mistranslations and errata. Make of them what you will.
There’s one I like especially: “Respect the Buddhist attitude, to observe things far before criticize them, let your haiku express the wordless way of making images. No need of comment.”
The photograph (first posted around a year ago): St Peter’s Apartments, opposite the Anglican Church, Wellington. It was this image, and not the green man, that persuaded me to cross Willis Street this morning.
Monday morning, Easter Weekend, zero traffic … who needs a green man?