Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What an awesome day we have here today in The Netherlands, autumn has started, but temperatures are rising to almost 25 degrees Celsius. It's really a joy to walk the dog today and be in the garden reading poetry.
Everyone of us will have certainly read poetry, if not, than you have missed something I think. It's a joy to sit down with a cup of coffee, or another drink and read poetry. To me reading poetry, as is the prompt for today extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku", reading poetry is almost a daily task. As I visit you all an read your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form than my day is good. Of course I don't have time enough to stay on track with all of your beautiful submissions, but ... well creating CDHK takes a lot of my time.
Reading haiku is a different "piece of cake". Haiku our passion, or tanka, is so short that you have to read the same haiku (or tanka) several times. It's like what Basho once said: "Say your poem a thousand times to hear if its a good one" or something like that. You have to read haiku aloud to hear the sequence, the breaks and more. So if you read haiku (or tanka) say them aloud ... listen to its sound, hear the beauty, feel the atmosphere, see the scene, taste the scene and touch the scene. You need all your senses to read haiku. Try it .... just try it.
Here is a short video on haiku and in this video you can "hear" how the haiku is spoken aloud to feel the scene. It's a nice video ... enjoy:
Reading poetry ... or in our case .... reading haiku (tanka) is an art "an sich", take your time to read your own haiku ....
Here is an example of poetry reading extracted from the online version of Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku":
book of poems
of a soul
leaves are whispering
© Chèvrefeuille (Santoka Taneda's "free-style")
I read my haiku aloud