“Chaiku” is a hybrid word I came up with to describe my series of micro-poetry. Akin to haiku, chaiku is a soul sigh – it is the essence of a story, a poignant moment in time, an awareness and a lived experience captured and conveyed in the brevity of ‘one breath.’
“Chai” means LIFE in Hebrew. Chai, along with its numerical value of 18 in gematria, is a deeply significant and ubiquitous word and number in Judaism, used in countless aspects of Jewish life.
“Ku” is a multi-layered Japanese word meaning: Verse of poetry, expression or idiom, pain, suffering and hardship.
“Ku” is also one of The Three Truths in Buddhism, known as one of the most difficult concepts to understand. Ku is “non-substantiality,” meaning that which can not be perceived with the five senses or with the grasping self, but is ‘spiritual ascension space’ filled with latent potential or possibilities in flux.
© 2005 Mother Wintermoon