The Whys and Wherefores of Writing Poetry

In the last issue, without any fanfare, I introduced Haiku Heaven. Now I’d like to explain why. First of all, why poetry? Hundreds of studies have shown that writing poetry improves our mental and physical health. Although reading poetry is certainly helpful, it is in writing where we reap the greatest awards. Why Haiku? Because of its utter simplicity, this …

The Haiku View

Haiku is a style of poetry, originating in Japan, which is structured on a metrical pattern of 17 units; in English most often seen as a three-line pattern of 5-7-5 syllables.  It generally involves elements of nature, and is, in it’s essence, brief, personal and direct.  The form has been used by poets both East and West, but in particular …

Pulsating Poetry Permeates Passionate People

Does the title of this article seem to have a rhythmical beat? So does life and the cosmos. Everything vibrates, from the beating of your heart to the humming of our planet (which vibrates at 7.83 Hz). Did you ever hear the universe sing? You can hear some of its songs (frequencies or vibratory patterns) by visiting this web site: …

Haiku – Good Things Come In Small Packages

In the West, Haiku poetry is a Japanese import that is almost as well known as Sushi. One is food for the body, the other, for the soul. Haiku are known for their brevity – just three short lines, totaling seventeen syllables. They are as short as a breath. And good ones take your breath away. A Haiku poet lives …

Tell Everyone of Good Things to Come

If I was a psychic or a fortune-teller, I would tell everyone of good things to come Never once utter a word of misery, sickness, bad luck or misfortune For people who go to psychics or fortune-tellers need to hear good things and be given hope. Happy people don’t need to hear the future. They believe and expect their good …

Let’s bring out beauty to share

A STATEMENT OF ART I wish more people paint in pink, blue, and green Denying red or black. I don’t like harshness, even in colours. Please erase your anger and greed. Suppress your violence, madness or sadness. Concentrate on beauty… Let’s bring out beauty to share. Only beauty will stay and endure. For the name of art, For the name …

Poem to Children

To My Children When I’m no longer around you Far, far away from all of you… Maybe when you want to talk to me and finally listen to me. Please, would you read my poetry? In my lines, you will find my legacy My philosophy, my wishes, dreams and disappointments, but you’ll also find my solutions You see, I do …

Forest Appreciation

APPRECIATION I shall come back to this forest again with a very good camera, before those tiny, graceful, but shy flowers, hiding behind the bushes or under the bridge fade away. Before the heavy rains sweep them away, I should hurry up and acquire a very good camera, to capture the minute details of unknown beauty… in botanical books or …

The Artistry of Nature

WE, THE AMATEUR ARTISTS Nature is the most creative artist of all. Who am I? A mere observer – at times.. All artists are amateurs, trying to copy Colours, forms shapes, and textures found in nature. They copy, edit, paste, re-write and think they are originals, that they are such “grand” artists! Now you can even buy a recorded tape …