What Is Chaiku?

It all began with my passion for reading and writing haiku, tanka and senryu. 

Chaiku is a hybrid word I created to describe my micro-poetry, back when I started my first blog on Blogger in 1999 and Twitter, when it launched in 2006.

Like other forms of micro-poetry, Chaiku is the highly condensed essence of a story or a meaningful lived experience conveyed to the reader in scant few words. I think of it as a snow globe moment captured in time.

Chai means LIFE! in Hebrew. Chai, along with its numerical value of 18 in Gematria, is highly significant in Judaism, used in countless aspects of Jewish life.

Ku is a multi-layered Japanese word meaning: 1) Verse of poetry, 2) Expression or idiom. 3) Pain, suffering and hardship.

Ku (Buddha Nature)is also one of The Three Truths in Buddhism. 

Ku is nonsubstantiality, meaning that which can not be perceived with the five senses or with the grasping-self. Ku is latent potential or endless possibilities in flux. Ku holds space for clarity, wisdom and other qualities to develop. It contains nothing and everything all at once. 

© 2005 Mother Wintermoon

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  15. faatimaishere

    Aww I like the word ‘chaiku’ it has a nice ring to it…this post was kind of synchronistic as well for me to come across so immediately whilst looking at your blog.
    x x

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    1. I often follow the 5-7-5 haiku structure just because it exists as a westernized construct, but I’m not a stickler about it. As long as it’s three short lines and a story told in very few words, I don’t worry about the syllable count. Please link back to me if you try your hand at it. Thank you for your visit and comment. Best wishes to you, MW

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  16. There is everything complex about life and chi and chai.
    I have developed a few of my own forms of poetry too.
    I took the premise of a haibun; prose and haiku and made a Shadorma Summation; Prose with the conclusion piece being the summation (or in place of the haiku).

    Like here:
    Redefining Chaos

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  17. I love your Blog! And I decided to Follow back soon! I am an artist I am sure you experienced that visiting and following my Blog I express my creativity in many different ways and mediums visually and not. I also love to write poems, haiku and 50 words stories. I like your concept and idea of Chaiku is very inspiring! ❤ in love and light! Carolina

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  20. Can I just say after reading your Chaikus -I can totally see them all posted on the walls of every Yoga class in the world. 😉 Wonderful. Inspiring and so Beautiful. Truly a marvelous creation(s). 🙂

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      1. Your work/words absolutely deserve more recognition. Have you looked into to Yoga facilities or sites brochures (some product company) that may want to republish your ideas? I think you should definitely look into further brand publishing or whatever -Great Reads!

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  21. I stopped by to thank you for following my blog. I’ve found your blog very interesting especially this part. ” an empty vessel waiting to be filled up or a state of possibilities in flux. ” Hope to see you again.

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  22. I am all for encouraging the creation of words, do it myself often in speech & in certain forms of writing. Love “Chaiku.” Thought it might have been a form of Haiku when I saw the name of the page. But “Life” & “Verse” is wonderful. I would love to see in what form your Chaiku appears. jk

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    1. Yes! I love creating words and discovering words other people create. You were correct about it being a form haiku with my own personal twist. I’ve posted some and will post more. In my menu bar you’ll find a Chaiku option that will take you to the ones previously posted. Thanks bunches for your lovely words and feedback.

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