|December 07's SPIRITS LIFTED offering
is a Christmas haiku by our creative
director, Ed Petersen. Haiku which originated in Japan and is
influenced by the insight of Zen Buddhism is traditionally a short
three lined poem constructed of 17 syllables. The first line contains 5
syllables, the second is longer with seven, and the final line has 5. A
haiku may poetically capture a moment in time, use an aspect of nature
to metaphorically reflect a profound intuition, or express an internal
realization with a two line set-up and then the third acting much like
a "punch" line. Currently, it is not considered necessary to be slave
to the 5 - 7 - 5 form; content being considered more important. It is
also impossible to translate a haiku from language to language and
strictly adhere to the traditional form. Ed, however, enjoys sticking
to 5 - 7 - 5 because the forcing of the content to the form often
results in surprising and satisfying revelations that would have
remained hidden if not for the extra struggle.
From the start, Light blazed.
Bright, but distant and unfelt.
Ah! at long last, Warmth.
Ed Petersen, Christmas 2004
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