A Spring Hokku

Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc.

Spring sunrise surprised me.

Burst through my window.

Sudden Illumination!

A hokku or haiku is a seventeen syllable poem that typically involves a 7-5-7 syllabic structure. The essence of the form involves kireji or “cutting”. An appropriate kireji is a word that suggests a sharp turn in the poem, thus defining the skill of the poet. Proper hokku present images drawn from a very specific seasonal vocabulary: kigo (seasonal references) defined within saijiki (collections of appropriate imagery). Appropriate words emanated from Chinese treatises and obliquely present religious references drawn from Taoist and Buddhist traditions.

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