If tweets were around
In the Asian ancient world –
They’d have been haikus
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
I first had the thought that haikus could be tweeted while visiting Viet Nam, where I composed over 60 haikus of my feelings and observations in a collection I considered calling something like Haiku Tweets from Viet Nam. I was writing the haikus fast enough I thought if I were tweeting, I could churn them out in tweets. A calculation check showed that at 140 characters max, for 17 syllables and 16 spaces max, that’d be over 7 characters per syllable on average. There aren’t many one syllable words with 7 characters in it, let alone 17 of them together to make a haiku. Multiple syllable words average less so I was safe with this calculation, fully convinced all haikus could be fully tweeted in one tweet.
But I didn’t articulate the thought of haikus being tweetable, into haiku being tweets of the Asian ancient world, until tonight.
As for those haikus written in Viet Nam? I entered 50 of them into a poetry contest with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It is currently being judged so I cannot publish any of it. It should be done by January 2016, if not earlier. At that time, I will post the collection one haiku at a time, a few a week, that should allow this blog to have consistent posts for about half a year. 🙂
The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.