I almost lolled at the last verse. Very nice, I would have thought the last verse was random, then I thought of it and it made sense! hehe..
This means that Tick-Tock's haiku is the most japanese of all! If a koan can bring the Zen-adept to Satori, why shouldn't a haiku be able to do that? In fact a haiku is often a koan in a strict conventional form. We do the wrong thing with haiku's if we try to express our western romantic sensibility in them. Take these from Matsuo Basho, often small gems of meditation:
Silent and still; then
Even sinking into the rocks,
The cicada's screech.
The greatest not to say the only haikus have always that unexpected twist, in spite of the rigid form. Like the koan they are a RIDDLE, a question, clearing and cleaning our sight. Is this still poetry? :
You watch - it's clouded,
You don't watch, and it's clear,
When you view the moon.
If it's not poetry it's philosophy. More by less is the challenge of the haiku. The best take ten years to ripen ;-) . Bonne chance!
---------- Post added 09-19-2009 at 06:41 PM ----------
I couldn't resist adding this interesting vid:
YouTube - Komuso Zen Priest Playing Shakuhachi
In the town's hussle-bussle
He plays the shakugachi,
Alone in the crowd.