I went with one of my photos and a Haiku or a Haiga Poem. Explanation below.
This was an amazing spiritual experience I had swimming with a turtle. That’s my youngest daughter Danielle in the picture who shared this moment with me.
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.”