Unusual, something that’s not usual, not ordinary. The question then is, What is usual/ ordinary?
What’s usual today, may have been unusual 30 years back and is likely to be so, 30 years hence. So “usual-ness” has a time frame. Single Motherhood (Out of choice) is usual in the western world but unusual in traditional societies like India. So “usual-ness” often has a locale specification And then, whats unusual for me may be usual to you. So “usual-ness” can be person specific For the challenge today, instead of talking about unusual in a generic way. I decided to do something that’s unusual for me!
Anybody who has read my blog, knows I tend to ramble. I write really long stuff like this . I’ve never followed any formats. Just written what came to my mind. Then stumbled upon the 5-7-5 format. A 5-7-5 format is like a haiku, only it doesn’t necessarily have to be about nature. It’s a free form. The only limitation being, that the first line have 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables and the third line 5 syllables again. I have always loved haiku. And I found some great blogs with haiku that I liked like the one here that has haiku and amazing doodles. So, while I have never stuck to a format or written anything this short. I decided to do something unusual and experimented with it.
Leaf falls off a tree
My leaf, no matter where you go
This is home you know
The grass under my feet
The birds chirping on flowery trees
say – rejoice, its spring
Lady, will you ever please
Smile your lovely smile for me
It mesmerizes me
I am nobody now
Used to be someone you loved
But I’m ordinary now
Live your life today
Because as the wise men say
tomorrow never comes
You and me were one
Me the sunshine you the sun
Clouds, what have you done?
I liked 5 and 6 the best. What do you think? I really enjoyed experimenting with this format. There is a joy in doing something unusual. Will experiment a bit more with this I think..
- Go In – A Short Poem (haiku365.wordpress.com)
- the winter in haiku (scarsandallyoga.wordpress.com)
- How haiku can improve your writing (valeriesirr.wordpress.com)