The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku
Haiku is a poetic form. There are 3 lines with 17 total syllables distributed in a 5/7/5 syllable count.
Poetic Form: Haiku
Nice thread luxordelphi
Don't want to turn what seems to be a frivolous thread, serious - or perhaps I do …
Haiku is a most misunderstood poetry form and is nothing like as simple as is presented in these 19 “haiku”. Yet it can carry a powerful message
into the mind of the reader.
The haiku format is indeed syllable bound so that the writer needs to think concisely, just as we need to do with global warming. However, the poem is
also “bipolar”. One part sets a scene. The second stretches the thinking of reader - and the writer. Haiku are not obvious, it is not a simple
expression of causality. The second part does not simply show the consequences of the observation made in the first part.
Not trying to be serious, just saying. In fact the fun begins when trying to write haiku correctly.
Good Haiku are to me, a powerful lesson in abstract reasoning, much better than those pattern-type abstract reasoning tests that probably evolved
because giving a score to true abstraction is too subjective for those analysing the test (because they might themselves not appreciate
Enough meandering, here is the real point. I believe good haiku can be an excellent and powerful way to get others to truly think about real issues
– like global warming and all our individual contributions that are making it such a success.
So if we let the first part of the haiku (the first two lines) set the scene, then we add the second part (the third line) seems to be unrelated to
the first part. Of course there is a connection, one that is relevant to me and my thinking, and I challenge the reader to seek his own relevance
within his life's experience.
Taking the first haiku presented by Gregory C Johnson might then read like this...
(not claining these are good, but they are illustrative)
Big, fast carbon surge:
Ice melts, oceans heat and rise
We fill our gas tanks
Air warms through century past.
Venus shines aloft
Abyss warms, coasts flood.
Air moistens – salt patterns shift.
Whales swim slowly by
So. what offers are there on this line?