“Chaiku” is a hybrid word I came up with to describe my series of micro-poetry. Like haiku and senryu, chaiku is a soul sigh – it is the essence of a story and a lived experience, captured and conveyed to the reader in very few words.
“Chai” is the Hebrew word for “Life.” It is a highly significant word in Judaism. Chai, along with its numerical value of 18, is 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