“Chaiku” is a hybrid word I came up with to describe my series of micro-poetry. Like haiku, chaiku is a soul sigh – it is the essence of a story, a moment in time and a lived experience, captured and conveyed in the brevity of ‘one breath.’
“Chai” is the Hebrew word for “Life.” Chai, along with its numerical value of 18, is highly significant in Judaism and used in many aspects of Jewish life. (The “ch” is pronounced with a guttural sound, as in the Scottish word “loch”).
“Ku” is a Japanese word meaning: 1) Verse of poetry. 2) Maxim, expression, idiom. 3) Pain, suffering, difficulty, hardship.
“Ku” is also one of The Three Truths in Buddhism. Ku is “non-substantiality,” meaning that which can not be perceived with the five senses or grasping self, but is filled with latent potential or possibilities in flux.
© 2005 Mother Wintermoon