A good haiku is a marble of dense meaning and exact language – it uses economy of expression to create maximum impact. The extreme constraints of the form require the perfect word, the best metaphor, the most precise image. At their best, haikus are powerful nuggets of intense emotion.
Here are a few haikus that I like, from Frogpond.rain settles some of the pollen some of the plans
– Peggy Willis Lyles, Frogpond 31:3year’s end – what made me think I needed a harmonica
– Carolyn Hall, Frogpond XXX:3dim light the night nurse describes the rain
– Joann Klontz, Frogpond XXVI:2Thin icicles on the telephone wire her distant voice
– George Swede, Frogpond V:4
Here are a few of mine:The sky is a quilt, cleanly flayed, batting exposed. I labor beneath. The breeze this morning: freshness punctuated by a styrofoam ruckus Like a metronome at 200 bpm, your tail never stops.
Video, made well, can carry the same impact: Good haikus and good videos do more with less.