Being someone with a short attention span and low boredom threshold, I’ve always been enjoyed Japanese haiku, with their Zen-like cryptic, enigmatic style.
I acquired a new book of haiku recently and a couple of entries immediately caught my eye.
The first is by Issa, perhaps my favourite haiku writer because of his humour, and neatly reflects my philosophy on domestic chores:
Don’t worry spiders,
I keep house
The second isn’t actually a haiku but some advice on poetry by Basho, perhaps the most famous haiku poet. It does have a sort of pithy haiku style – and it admirably encapsulates the kind of advice I often give out when critiquing manuscripts:
Is there any good in saying everything?