Monday, July 24, 2006

Love Haiku
By Don Iannone

1
nurture love always
give it freely to others
let love be your guide

2
love is noonday sun
let it fill you head to toe
its warmth heals all wounds

3
when all else fails, love
turn your pain over to it
let it shelter you

19 comments:

Doug said...

I love the metaphorical use in this one. Haikus are tricky for me!

Dan said...

Love is the ineffable
Effableness
Of this and that
And of you.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Doug and welcome to Conscious Living. Yes, metaphors are one variety of tools we use to navigate reality.

Thanks Dan. Lovely. So true.

Rob said...

"let love be your guide"

I wish I always remembered this!

Don Iannone said...

Rob...it's about practice for all of us everyday.

Nike said...

i luv haiku too !

Darlene said...

If I had found this in a fortune cookie, I'd have been amazed at how apt these sentiments are for me in particular. And "when all else fails, turning our pain over to it, to let it shelter us..." a true cleansing of the soul.

Kathleen said...

wonderful... (and ditto what danji said!) :)

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Nike...I see you also write poetry, especially love poems. Neat.

Thanks Darlene...fortune cookie it is. I'm glad it was a good one for you.

Thanks Kathleen. And yes, love is just that.

Ghost Particle said...

the third one is so very true. In the darkest moments only love can salvage a spirit.

Don Iannone said...

GP...yes I believe that is true. Also, our spirit IS love so the connection already exists. All we need to do is see it. Thanks.

gautami tripathy said...

i needed this...

Imemine said...

Love is knowing when to say the right things.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Imemine...and I think loving is being the right thing...that is who we really are.

polona said...

don, i hope you won't mind my adding a few words here.

i really like your little inspirational poems, but i have problems calling them haiku.

you know, metaphors (along with simile, personification, personal involvment, judgments...) are to be avoided in haiku. it is true that you can find examples of different poetic devices in the works of japanese masters, but they are applied to achieve a specific effect, otherwise they are generally unwelcome. it is also untrue that haiku should be 17 syllables in 5-7-5 lines because japanese sound beats (onji) cannot be compared to the syllables in the western languages.
haiku usually works best when there are two images juxtaposed to achieve a certain effect, the so called "aha" moment.

Don Iannone said...

Polona...I don't mind at all. I tend to break the rules at times. Perhaps it is best if I do not call these type poems haiku. This is a new form for me. I have noticed that many people have loosened up on the haiku rules, but maybe I should honor them. Thank you. Blessings.

polona said...

thank you for understanding, don.
it doesn't bother me if you call your poems haiku. there are so many "haiku" in the blogworld that have nothing to do with the form apart from having 17 syllables that it doesn't really matter.

did you know that many japanese write the word "haiku" in katakana when referring to the western haiku whereas they use kanji for haiku written by the japanese.

Don Iannone said...

Polona...I fully understand. Again, thank you. I will work on the traditional form and see what I can produce. Your counsel is appreciated.

Don Iannone said...

Polona...It's one I like a lot. Thanks for stopping by.

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