Summer Fun continues with the Acts8 BLOGFORCE! Â We’re doing some lighter subjects this summer, which startedÂ with the Grumpy Episcopal Cat meme last month.
This week’s challenge: Write a haiku about the Episcopal Church.
To quote Wikipedia:
- The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).Â This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and aÂ kireji(“cutting word”) between them,Â a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
- Traditional haiku consist of 17Â onÂ (also known asÂ morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5Â onÂ respectively.
- AÂ kigoÂ (seasonal reference), usually drawn from aÂ saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.
We’re not gonna insist on a particularly deep kiru, or that you use aÂ kigo,Â but we do insist on a 5-7-5 pattern, whether your poem is sublime or doggerel. Â Like this:
It sometimes gets so messy.
Ah, the liturgy.
The Rev. David Simmons, ObJN
Acts8 BLOGFORCE Wing Commander
How do I participate in the Blogforce?
You can send your haiku to email@example.com and it will be posted to our roundup next Monday, or post it in the comments. Â If you want to put it on your own blog:
1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:
2. Send the permanent link and the haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org. Â This should be done by no later than 5PM Central Time on Sunday. Â On Monday, the haikuÂ will be re-posted with links. Â At that point, the provided code will point to the round-up page instead of here.
The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.