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.


 Haiku

From the start, Light blazed.

Bright, but distant and unfelt.
Ah! at long last, Warmth.

Ed Petersen,  Christmas 2004




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