Today I’m sharing a Haiga Poem for the COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 198, #POET’SCHOICE.

What is a Haiga Poem? An explanation from Colleen’s Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet:

“HAIGA IN ENGLISH: First, the haiku or senryu portion of the poem is the most important part and must standalone without the image. It is created by using the traditional 5/7/5, or the current 3/5/3, or the current 2/3/2 syllable structure (but not all three together). Haiga, often called observational poetry, contains an image with either a haiku or senryu written on it or near it. Haiga usually combines three art forms:  imagery: photographs or original art, poetry, and calligraphy.

  • Second, images cannot complete the haiku or senryu. If the image is necessary, to understand the poem, then both the image and the poem fail.
  • The image should add something to the reader’s appreciation of the piece.
  • The image can create an alternative interpretation to the one articulated by the literal reading of the poem. That additional interpretation is what the poet should strive to convey.
  • The image should form a contrast, or comparison with the imagery expressed in the poem. We should strive to produce an emotion of the moment between the poet and the reader, the image and the poem.”

This image is one of my favorite pictures. I took it by the Yuba River, and it holds a special place in my heart. My words try to capture a bit of what I felt gazing upon the beauty that nature freely offers.

26 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 198, #POET’SCHOICE #HAIGA #Haiku #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity @ColleenChesebro”

    1. Thank you, Jan 🙂 I love the sound of water whether it’s the ocean, river, waterfall or rain. I think a water fountain would be the perfect addition to a writing desk! Xo

  1. I am lucky to live by a creek… borders my backyard. It is mostly muddy, but on clear days I can see the fish swimming 🙂
    I find much piece there sitting under the willow by the creek.

    1. You are very lucky to live by a creek! I find so much peace by natural running water. I would spend hours there if I had that by my house:) It would be the perfect place to write poetry.

      1. When we first moved in this area it was a choice between two similar home floor plans… this one though had a fireplace, extra land and the creek! I planted a willow by the creek when me moved here. She’s been struck by lightning, but she’s still beautiful to me 🙂

    2. How lucky you got thst extra fireplace and creek. That would have been my choice too! It’s amazing the willow tree survived getting struck by lightning, that would only add to its beauty.

      1. I brought the willow home – it was almost a twig that I could wrap one hand around – it was about 6′ tall – now after three decades she is still beautiful to me. Though I read somewhere that willows could be less than the 30 years max they are supposed to live especially if they don’t have a water source. A neighbor’s willow was too close to the creek and had one to many lightning strikes and rot… so he took it apart after it fell over. Willow would really has to dry out good before one can use it in a fireplace because they are so full of moisture.

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