Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 89

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 89

Reena’s Rules:

So far, we’ve never had restrictions on length or format of the piece. I’m adding a rider, just for this week.

You could write a story or an anecdote with a haiku as part of it. A Haibun or Alternating verse and poetry, of course, works.

I collected some Gyan from the Shadow Poetry website

Definition of Haiku

1) An unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment. Nature is combined with human nature. It usually consists of three lines of 5/7/5 (5 kana in the first line, 7 kana in the second line, and 5 kana in the third line) totaling seventeen kana.

2) A foreign adaptation of 1, usually written in three lines totalling 17 syllables or LESS.

As you will notice, there are two definitions. Definition #1 is where many get confused. People tend to confuse kana or a single unit in the Japanese language with the English syllable.

This is like comparing apples to oranges. Kana cannot be compared to syllables.

Unless you are Japanese, have been writing Japanese, or speak fluent Japanese, you will be writing definition #2.

The difference between the two is that in definition #2, you will be writing three lines of poetry, 17 syllables or LESS.

This means you do not have to write three lines of 5/7/5 (5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line). You may do so, if you can do it well without fluff words (many can’t). If you write 5/7/5, that does not make your poem more of a haiku than someone who does not write 5/7/5.

My Example
 grey skies await
resplendent colors of dawn
-offending silver moon


Write a post on your blog, and link it up here with a pingback, or copy-paste the blog link in Comments. Tag it Reena’s Exploration Challenge for easy access in the Blog Roll.

I eagerly await your responses.



Pain, Why?

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

the pain drains me

it sucks the life right out of me

I cannot take it

My life is at one of its all-time lows. I sit here and write as if nothing is wrong because there really is nothing else I can do. We have tried almost everything except surgery and that isn’t really an option. Surgery for the most part never works. There are very few people who actually get any relief from surgery and in most cases, it will make your situation worse. My pain doctor doesn’t think surgery is even a part of our conversation and the one surgeon I did see (she sent me to one) doesn’t see any way he can do anything. He was arrogant and told me nothing would help and I would still have pain and be on pain pills the rest of my life. His diagnosis, why bother?



Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog

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