HAIKU

TEN SETS OF HUDDLES

HAIKU

A HAIKU is an ancient Japanese type of classic three-line proverb, or poem constrained to seventeen syllables.  Five in the first and last lines with seven for the middle line.  They can be formatted in the English idiom but the number of syllables makes them very limited, and difficult to compose. It is interesting to note that the vast majority of modern Haiku do not conform to this classical tradition of 5-7-5.  It is an added bonus if the writer can incorporate a rhyme or two into the Haiku. The collection that follows comprises ten sets of ten Haiku each they are sometimes known as “Huddles of HAIKU.”  The following “Radical Haiku” total ten Huddles of Ten comprising 100 haiku and together with the one hundred poems comprise “The Century Collection”.

HUDDLE 1

1

While the acorn drops

The eagle sees, the deer hears

But the insect eats

2

Time and tide are slaves

To no man, but all men are

Slaves to each other

3

The most selfish men

Argue most logically

About climate change

4

What a great teacher

Time is, except for killing

All of his pupils

5

No one can fathom

The full and true design of

Their own destiny

6

Animals possess

That virtue of innocence

Which we humans lack

7

If it’s worth doing

Do it badly, if you can’t

Seem to do it well

8

A man’s tongue is the

Measure of his mind, that rules

In his heart and soul

9

Life should be counted

In years, not seconds, minutes

Moments, hours, or tears

10

God let’s anything

Happen to just anyone

Anytime or place

HUDDLE 2

11

May your spirit thrive

And survive life’s storms, so your

Eyes may shine with peace

12

It is written that

All men will die in time, but

Few will really live

13

Envy is cancer

Of the soul, eating spirit

Leaving bitterness

14

When lost in shadows

Seek the surrounding light that

Casts them over you

15

Envy the young their youth

But naught else for that is all

They really possess

16

God created us

For the invention of his

Pleasure and his love

17

Our noblest virtue

Loyalty, should reign supreme

Except for honour

18

Every persons life

Betrays a silent vacuum

Only God can fill

19

The only freedom

On this earth is achieved by

Freedom of the mind

20

If this world remains

The same, then all its creatures

Will surely perish

HUDDLE 3

21

All our lives flicker

In the stadium of time

Like swarms of flashbulbs

22

Without Faith you can’t

Please God, even with that great

Virtue, Charity

23

Carelessness combines

With callous indifference

To create cruelty

24

Everyone was made

To express a side of God

That no-one else can

25

The path to folly

Is steep and dangerous, yet

Easy to travel

26

Hate will grow from fear

On the poison tree of life

And its fruit is death

27

We all will weep with

Pity, pain and even shame

But seldom with joy

28

Experience gives

Knowledge and Wisdom in Life

But books may deceive

29

If you won’t believe

In God, it does not mean

He Won’t believe in you

30

Forget birds and bees

Flies and fleas all prove to me

That God must exist

HUDDLE 4

31

Two men staring out

Prison bars one sees darkness

The other sees stars

32

Beauty is skin deep

But beauty is how we sense

The world we live in

33

If you seek the Light

You may need to delve deeply

Into the darkness

34

Wherever you are

Death will never forsake you

He’s your closest friend

35

Never imagine

God cares for your happiness

His aims are nobler

36

I am astounded

How easy life is for some

And hard for others

37

Blood is not thicker

Than water but simply much

Harder to wash off

38

All life slowly sinks

Like a beautiful sunset

Into quiet darkness

39

Riches do not lie

In wealth, but rather rest in

The bosom of health

40

We must all suffer

For without pain there can’t be

Any compassion

HUDDLE 5

41

It’s not the present

That drives men mad, but rather

Fear of the future

42

Pride is what we like

To see mostly in ourselves

And least in others

43

Madness in others

Is not as frightening as

Madness in myself

44

Just think with your heart

To reach the right decisions

And not with your head

45

The poor hate the past

Lose all hope for the future

And loathe the present

46

We are but martyrs

To those who follow and who

Will never know us

47

While most people dream

Of great achievements, some

Awake and do them

48

God always decides

Who enters your life but you

Decide who leaves it

49

Life is simply not

Just full of difficulties

But great challenges

50

You can’t choose those things

Which fate decrees you believe

They, in fact, choose you

HUDDLE 6

51


Realities born

Within the dreams of life join

Desire to vision

52

I want to hate God

For giving man Dominion

Over animals

53

Human emotions

Stem from either sacrifice

Or pure selfishness

54

Seek it in others

Loneliness is palpable

Sense it in yourself

55

Life passes people

Quickly by, as they slowly

Make great plans for it

56

You may hide a while

With a smile, but you can’t hide

When crippled inside

57

It’s nobler to feel

Too much emotion in life

Than feel too little

58

We are all destined,

For each and everyone was

A plan in God’s mind

59

Try and aim to live

With dignity, rather than

Simply die with it

60

If you are happy

In this world, you’re either sick

Silly or just blind

HUDDLE 7

61


Like the planets gaze

On the stars, I was born to

Worship from afar

62

Prayer does not change

Anything; it changes God

And he changes things

63

I learnt long ago

That my loyal friend fate was

Just really my foe

64

God alone decides

When some man or creature dies

Where their spirit lies

65

Life is mapped not by

Latitude or longitude

But by suffering

66

One life and one death

Life is death’s preparation

Death is simply Gods’

67

Faith is just the root

The stem that prospers is hope

The flower is love

68

Waves arise to fall

And die in the sea, whereas

Man does so, on earth

69

We always ask God

For too much, always settling

For far too little

70

To recognise Good

You may need to encounter

Forces of Evil

HUDDLE 8

71

Ingratitude is

The enemy of Virtue

And the friend of Pride

72

An eye for an eye

Means simply and finally

Everyone goes blind

73

It’s not suffering

That makes one doubt one’s faith, but

Senseless suffering

74

Though you move mountains

With little love in your heart

God  and you must part

75

Sanity is just

A matter of degree but

Wisdom offers truth

76

Mans faith grants not grace

But his strength of search, on earth

In the human race

77

Forgiving others

May be hard, but forgiving,

Yourself, much harder

78

Character when fed

By suffering is led, to

Hope, when faith is bred

79

Even a stopped clock

Is right twice a day; so don’t

Dismiss anyone

80

We are probably

Not the first prototypes, but

We may be the last

HUDDLE 9

81

The shortest distance

Between two points is simply

A nervous breakdown

82

Hurt can cause Anger

Which can generate Courage

Which can inspire Hope

83

Love that sings is Praise

Love that leaves is Affection

Love that gives is Grace

84

Faith and fear will steer

In different directions

The fate of us all

85

Each passing moment

Is another chance to change

One’s life completely

86

Everything that lives

On this earth was created

Just for God’s pleasure

87

The most beautiful

Things must be felt by the heart

Neither seen nor heard

88

To further ideas

We must face opposition

Or else we stagnate

89

To animals relate

Or God will seal your fate, for

All he did create

90

If you cannot lose

Your past, you may never find

Your proper future

HUDDLE 10

91

The essence of life

Is God, whose essence is Love

To live, you must love

92

Pride is an excess

Of power, but true Evil

Is excess of Pride

93

The way we destroy

Our own species, separates

Us from animals

94

Fear God and not men

To find the wisdom in Life

Wherever you can

95

Did powers benign

Make birds sing so fine, or did

God,who gave them wings

96

Animals return

Much more love than they receive

Humans, so much less

97

Wisdom can just be

Not knowing all the answers

Each and every time

98

We are sparks, that float

In darkness, glowing briefly

With glimmers of light

99

What good is wisdom

If you cannot apply it

To any knowledge

100

Poems lasts forever

Great buildings and monuments

All perish with time