cool breeze -
squirrels examine
rain debris

—Mark Brooks

About the author: Mark's haiku and renku have been published around the world and translated into several languages. He is the publisher and editor of haijinx, an international journal that examines humor in haikai. He has a hand in other haijinx sites and publications.

Mark is also the incoming editor of the Haiku Society of America's newsletter.

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Responses to the haiku for 23 February 2001 by Mark Brooks

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-09-15 21:38:43

    of late, and i'm thinking in the past, also, i am seeing many who write exactly what they see, without attempting to be creative.
    i feel, anyone writing a haiku should read, on a regular basis, the material done by the masters; in doing so, shake one's self free from all the nonsense handed out today on (what a haiku is) and (what a haiku isn't). sure, the masters (spoke) of the every day occurrences, however they (spoke) with a flair.

    "against the brushwood gate
    dead tea leaves swirl
    in the stormy wind"



    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-09-15 21:40:56

    and then...

    today, i would imagine seeing this written as such:

    the gate
    leaves swirl-
    in the wind

    if you didn't know the first was by basho, i wonder how many would quickly pass judgement in saying, "bob, that's too wordy, and there's redundancy".

    hahaha, the thought comes to mind (what if)
    i said it was basho and it wasn't; how many are easily impressed by titles and positions, don't fret, the words accredited to basho are basho's, i think.

    basho, indeed, very knowledgeable, didn't hesitate to look back to the masters, before his time, for enhancement of his work, at the time.

    i am reminded of the words, "if you're trying to learn anything constructive, talk with the aged"

    john tiong chunghoo (bagiruang at yahoo dot com)
    2004-02-12 08:27:40

    dead of night
    at the five foot way
    two cockroaches pushing a paper

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-05-07 04:03:43

    sunny chilly morn
    discomposed birds' songs -
    rip currents, weatherman warns

    martin jablonsky (threerings at hotmail dot com)
    2005-06-23 19:48:11

    am inclined to agree with mr. richardson. at
    least provide something that's slightly more
    exciting than oatmeal.

    deep snow
    the black squirrel extracts
    another acorn

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-06-22 17:30:39

    hearing these same winds
    six months earlier--
    thoughts of blustery hurricane


    martin jablonsky, life with it's many facets, almost three years to the date(2005-06-23); some things never change...