Japanese poetry uses artistic brevity, focuses upon the beauties of nature, and illustrates the harmony that exists between nature and mankind. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is a Waka written by an anonymous poet, circa 884-946:
Are they not like
This fleeting world?
No sooner do they flower
Than they fall
Written over one thousand years ago, this poem has a quality of timelessness and universal appeal ~ a poem that can be appreciated on many levels by all cultures. Here a metaphorical observation which reflects human experience "in tune" with nature, and hence, producing a Zen-like quality that is most poetic. Such are the ancient elements that remain in all the many different forms of Japanese poetry today.
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The following Japanese poetry from my personal Journal is offered as an introduction into the art and includes writing guidelines for those who wish to develop this form of artistic expression. This is not so much an art that can be taught, as it is one that can be caught. My purpose is to share through the arts, information and work which may be enjoyed, provide inspiration, and of others ~ masters make.