Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Analyze That Haiku - September 24, 2014

A little while back we analyed a haiku for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .. and it was interesting to see the various aspects of the readers!

Today I'll be looking at another haiku offered by our host Chevrèfeuille:

seeking for relief
aching of a broken heart -
love isn't forever

© Chèvrefeuille
This is one of those words that has so much meaning and so many aspects that it's actually difficult to even know what one means by love.  Or at least that's how it is for me.  I've of course been "in love" and I've loved places and things.  I love my children and my family, I love my friends.  But as hard as I love, I've come to realize that love is an intimate feeling that sometimes has nothing to do with whom or what I love.
In the haiku, I feel we're looking at that aspect of love that is outside ourselves though.  The mirrored love one shares with other people (or why not our pets). Shared love.  The reciprocal attraction, that like life itself is born and grows and sometimes dies. 

That's the sort of love that breaks ones heart, because we are still "in love" whilst the other ... is no longer able or willing to share our love.  I've know this experience as well.  Since I was very young, I often travelled and changed homes, losing contact with those I'd loved, being left with only memories of events and places.  I've loved romantically too ... and the attraction died.  Sometimes the one I loved passed from this life.  
But my question is this ... the love we feel inside, though the object is far away or no longer part of this life ... is it still love?  Of course it is.  So maybe the haiku in this sense is inexact.  Love continues to exist, eventhough the receptacle of that love may no longer be able to receive our love.  I'd call that heartbreak or mourning or many other sad things ...

sitting by the firside
thinking of us together
when love was young

urn on the cupboard
remembering all we never said
and now your gone

mountains - deserts - tundra
love in a suitcase

the wind whispers
you're here - inside me
winter memories

(c) G.s.k. '14


  1. Lovely, nostalgic post and poem that has a name I fail to remember.

    1. Thanks Janice I'm happy you enjoyed the post ... this is a series of haiku ... but as they seem to relate the could be a double sadoka ... which is a poem created by two haiku that resonate each other.

  2. Wonderful post Georgia and a very nice explanation of all kinds of love. This haiku is an interpretation of a painting which I saw not so long ago. I think you know that painting because I saw it on MindLoveMisery's menagerie and I even think it was hosted by yourself. You can find my response at:
    As I saw the painting I immediately had the sad feeling of "broken love" and that's why I wrote this haiku/senryu with it's sad conclusion of "love isn't forever". Your shared haiku here are just awesome.

    1. Ah yes, I remember the prompt, though not my own actually (as I would have commented it at the time). Your response was really moving, the man in the photo looks so downhearted ad the wound in his breast can leave us no choice but to feel his desperation.

      I'm happy you enjoyed my take on this prompt ... it was a pleasure to write it.

  3. I really enjoyed this analysis -- like you I felt a need to pause and reflect on what love IS first. Your haiku series is great -- I was really struck by the "love in a suitcase", and by the love who is no longer willing to share that love. A great analysis -

    1. Thanks Jen ... love is one of those things that most intrigue me ... everybody talks about it, everybody says they feel it ... but it's a phantasm (fantasma) that just seems to float around without one being able to really get a full look at it. Love in a suitcase ... is the story of my life .. so many different countries over the years ... so many people loved and lost (at least physically) ... glad you enjoyed the post ... did you read GG's post ... fantastic, though of course I also enjoyed your wonderful considerations ;-)

    2. "GG" threw me for a loop. :)


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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