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A haiku is a poem consisting of three lines and 17 syllables.

The first line is five syllables.

The second line is seven syllables.

The third line is five syllables.

You can pack a lot of meaning (or a lot of nonsense) into 17 syllables. Haiku is like the Twitter of the poetry world.

You can approach a video haiku at least a couple of different ways. Syd's format is to present her lines as three video clips, the first lasting five seconds, the second lasting seven seconds, and the third lasting five seconds, with her haiku superimposed as text. (See "Paper Birch")

I made one that was just one clip with the lines superimposed over it in sequence.

Or instead of superimposing text, you could narrate it. Jack Handey style even:

Deep thoughts, silliness
Insightful as they may be
Sometimes I wonder

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Comment by NatureJunkie on November 5, 2014 at 6:42pm

From five years ago. The last footage I had of my brother.

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Comment by lima on November 5, 2014 at 7:29pm

Oh, I love Haiku!  Indeed I do.  :)  this one should not be too much of a problem for me at the moment to create!   :D

Comment by Geoff on November 5, 2014 at 7:36pm

I actually took a look at Stephen Fry's book "The Ode Not Travelled" for the lowdown on haiku. And then I decided: NJ asked for a video haiku so I'm gonna do without words altogether. Some haiku traditions maintain that a reference to the season is de rigueur. I'm jettisoning that rule too. And there is a particular call and response between the three lines that I now can't recall, so won't even try to emulate.

This little piggy--
Counting syllables by hand.
Measure twice, cut once.

Comment by ThatGirl on November 6, 2014 at 11:29am

Oh dear lawd, I never say I can't...but I don't know why the simplicity of this concept intimidates the snot outa me....I used to LOVE to write them as a child. DUnno why i have this new issue with it.

Comment by ThatGirl on November 6, 2014 at 11:30am

set me up with some therapy, and I'll get this one done.


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