I’ve recently been writing some haiku on Twitter. I like the concision and concreteness of the form. But I especially like that a haiku is a place where my interests in poetry, nature, and Buddhism converge. I’m particularly interested in using the form’s traditional focus on nature to highlight the climate crisis. There is a disconnect between the ancient worldview of the world as eternal and cyclical, and the precipice at which we now stand.
Rain collects on tiles.— Mark Cooper (@markcpr) September 9, 2019
Sirens and hurried footsteps.
Trees recede in fog. pic.twitter.com/o9qWFxKVfI
The old pond.— Mark Cooper (@markcpr) September 9, 2019
My son falls in.
Listening to rain,— Mark Cooper (@markcpr) September 9, 2019
chillhop, aimless thoughts. Drinking
Some of these are senryu, which aim to satirise human follies.
But not all of these were intended to be taken seriously.