Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Haynaku*

I can't seem to stop writing Haynaku.  Damn you, Leigh Giza, for introducing me to them!


I forgot
my own poem.

real mystery,
a lost shoe.

such guide
as a syllabus.

is for
furniture and hearts.

does she
love that pain?

worse? Dead
bodies or cancer?

not write
about milkweed fluff?

rabbit rushes
us to anxiety.

savings cannot
save a thing.

saw no
souls in pennies.

*Haynaku: a form invented by poet Eileen Tabios, who is also publisher, Meritage Press.
  • Officially inaugurated on the Web on June 12th, 2003 (Philippine Independence Day).
  • The form spread through the Web to poets all over the world.
  • Eileen Tabios initially called the form "the Pinoy Haiku".
  • Vince Gotera proposed the name "hay(na)ku", and this name has stuck. This corresponds to a Tagalog phrase that means roughly "Oh!" or (in Spanish) "Madre mía".
  • The last syllable is pronounced "ai" (silent aitch, like Cockneys would say it).
In a traditional Hay(na)ku, there are:
  • A tercet: 3 lines.
  • A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line.
  • There is no restriction on syllables or stressed or rhymes.
  • In the 'reverse' haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line.
  • Multiple hay(na)ku can be chained to form a longer poem.

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