Haiku. It’s a form of Japanese poetry that encourages a poet to play with words and meaning in a compact form. With its simple structure of three lines, the first being comprised of five syllables, the second with seven syllables, and the last with five syllables, it’s relatively easily to play with, but certainly not easy to master.
Today, on the way home from a two hour car trip, Ethan informed me that he had written a haiku about boring math. He didn’t quite hit the structure, and so I told him to keep at it, and then I took my own advice and started composing a haiku about the wind. I found it to be a fun exercise in form and meaning, but I have to be honest, that I felt a little pretentious at the thought of posting it, and yet, I’m gonna post it anyways. And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my haiku:
It Says I Am Free
The wind on my face,
I don’t know where it comes from.
It says I am free.