we are writing poems of solidarity to detained migrants. The project #flowersontheinside
makes beautiful postcards for this group, so that those of us who are not detained can send messages of love, solidarity and hope to those who are. Consider putting such a message in a poem—one short enough to fit on a postcard. Consider the Japanese haiku* form. Or a free-verse poem of 8 lines or fewer. Messages to consider: I am with you, I am fighting alongside you, freedom is possible, I welcome you. Review the #flowersontheinside
hashtag to see the postcard designs and let the beautiful floral visuals inspire you. #PRINTprompts
*according to @poetsorg
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression...⠀
Haiku was traditionally written in the present tense and focused on associations between images. There was a pause at the end of the first or second line, and a "season word," or kigo, specified the time of year.⠀
As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.