In Japanese, Hai means Yes, so I came to name my non-Haiku poems Noku in order not to confuse my readers. Japanese Haiku requires three lines arranged in strict 5-7-5 syllable discipline and my Noku has none of that.
– 1 –
how sweet their eyes, dark at the window
while serenades haunt their hearts;
eyes just dream when songs are ended
– 2 –
sweet legends and tales pass with May
they are like voices of fragrant flowers;
rain will wash them soon
look at the demons among the clouds!
they vanish fast;
such is our life, now we all smile
– 4 –
have you not heard the notes
of falling petals on calm ponds?
they are like silent hush of blooming buds
– 5 –
here comes the rain on summer grasses!
do you hear the frogs and crickets on fields?
come with me and join them
– 6 –
sea divers are returning home!
wine songs for white pearls!
but do i just see their boats not them?
– 7 –
our hunters are back! food, wine, dances,
flute notes fill the woods, pagan gods enshrined!
now, mountains are calm