General Poetry posted November 28, 2023 Chapters:  ...114 115 -116- 117... 

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A chapter in the book 2023 Gypsy's Haiku

Flitting Dragonfly

by Gypsy Blue Rose

dragonflies' lifespan is very short
flitting dragonfly

   lands on lotus flower —

enjoying the moment



The "lotus flower" and "living in the moment" are Japanese symbols of transcendence and living in the moment. Both are zen concepts used in haiku.

The lifespan of a dragonfly is short - anywhere from a week to eight weeks. However, you might be surprised to learn that some dragonflies survive for more than ten times the length of adults while underwater as nymphs!

dragonflies have inhabited the earth for almost 300 million years.

HAIKU is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection between the top two lines and the last one, called the SATORI. HAIKU uses a dash to pause before the SATORI. It was created in the 17th century by Zen Monk, Matsuo Basho. Haiku alludes to a season of the year. In Japan, haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) but in English is 17 syllables OR LESS because English and Japanese syllables are different. Avoid capitalization (except proper names) and punctuation.

click here to read haiku examples

click here to read haiku rules

click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule

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"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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