Cherry Blossoms Monoku

Click the link above for another “wow” post from Mick E Talbot, in which he combines an acrostic with the monoku haiku form.  I was unfamiliar with monoku (see links below for definitions and example), but it pricked my interest.

Cherry blossoms fall despite my plea…Stay

 © R L Cadillac, 2017 ~ All rights reserved.

Image ~ Pixabay


Poetry Definition of Monoku

A haiku in a single horizontal line.


an icicle the moon drifting through it

Matsuo Allard (Bird Day Afternoon, High/Coo Press, 1978)

~ One line (monoku)

The most common variation from the three-line standard is one line, sometimes called a monoku. It emerged from being more than an occasional exception during the late 1970s.

The single-line haiku usually contains fewer than seventeen syllables. A caesura (pause) may be appropriate, dictated by sense or speech rhythm (following the traditional Japanese tradition of a break, marked by the Kireji[19]), and usually little or no punctuation.

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