Sunday, April 12, 2009


Luna Lake Haiku - Adrian Green

New moon on the lake.
Your voice and the nightingale
serenade springtime.
Full moon on the lake.
Your voice and the waterbirds
celebrate summer.
Old moon on the lake.
Owls hunting autumnal food -
your voice still singing.

Haiku originates in Japan and that is why some poems do not clearly flow in the English language.

Haiku usually involve caesura and have a seasonal reference. They are known for their three metrical phrases of 5/7/5. It is obvious that Luna Lake Haiku encompasses Spring, summer, and autumn and caesura's are used in this poem to define each season. Euphony is a device used in the poem. "serenade springtime" gives a soft alliteration that gives an airiness to the poem. The flow of the haiku is continued smoothly until autumn. Cacophony is used to describe the crisp, bitter season of autumn but eventually becomes smooth again at the end.

Green uses the well known 5/7/5 concept to achieve his thoughts of the meanings of each season. He also uses the moon to demonstrate the concept that our lives do not change, but they just age and mature as time goes on. The moon, which starts off new, becomes full, which indicates the greatest moments of our lives, and then the old moon to depict our dying days. He emphasizes how much we endure and yet we persevere and still end up singing our song. We never give up.

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