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Lark on Phone Wires

Do you know what a haiku is?  A delectable morsel of food?  A lovely object of art?  A healing inspiration?  A lost child's lament?  A subtle witticism?  A silent song in your mind?

This Japanese art form is all of the above, and poetry too.  

Rules exist  for writing haiku.  In Japan they are constructed of 17 characters.  An accepted form of translation in English consists of a maximum of seventeen syllables in three lines, those syllables often arranged 5-7-5, for instance. 

Author Cynthia MacGregor writes haiku.   She tells us:  

"You want haiku?  I'll send you haiku.  Boy, can I send you haiku!  I have a whole unpublished book full of haiku.  Nobody wants to publish haiku."

Although Cynthia is a prolific and well-published author, the fact that this stunning collection, Lark on Phone Wires, hasn't found a publisher isn't altogether surprising.  Taken en masse,  haiku overload the senses.  A haiku is meant to be sipped like fine wine, rolled around on the taste buds of the mind, savored one at a time and then grasped sharply or absorbed slowly, depending on the impression it makes.

A haiku is often designed to lift the spirit, to make you laugh or see a new side of something. 

So here's what we'll do.   Every day or so we'll present one of Cynthia's haiku for your enjoyment.  You can even print ones out that mean something special to you; each one will have a print page.  They'll be presented on the home page.

Don't stop there!  Sit down at the kitchen table after the dishes are cleared away and the family is quiet, and think....  and write.  The writing of haiku is even more enriching to your spirit than reading it.  So  send in your own (to my son Mark: this means you too).   

For your future enjoyment, we will also group them in categories - something not easy to do with haiku's multi-layered meanings - several to a page.  

See the first one,  Lark on Phone Wires.

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