November 14 (Blind man)

blind man
pointing at
the Milky Way

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2 thoughts on “November 14 (Blind man)

  1. Hey,
    Ive been following your blog and am truly enamoured by your Haikus..
    this ons is so exquisite..
    I would love to know more because am at a very beginners level and wish to learn..ive only tried 5-7-5 syllable haikus..
    wish to know more abt the syllable count in this one???

    • Hi Vibhuti,
      Hi Vibhuti,
      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the blog — thanks for your kind words.

      In Japanese, most haiku follow a 5-7-5 pattern because this is a more natural rhythm for Japanese. When writing English haiku it doesn’t make very much sense to count syllables in this way, since our language is so different, so most English-language haiku poets concentrate more on keeping haiku as short and succinct as possible and writing with a natural and pleasing English rhythm, rather than worrying about any exact syllable count. If you read a lot of contemporary English haiku journals, which is a good idea if you are really interested in learning about writing haiku, you will see that syllable counts vary widely. (I have links to many well-known haiku journals on my sidebar.)

      I hope you keep writing and enjoying haiku!

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