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 essence of a story, a soul sigh, a poignant moment or a lived experience conveyed to the reader in very few syllables. It’s like a bubble of meaning, 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 (or Buddha Nature) 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 with the grasping-self. Ku is latent potential or endless possibilities in flux. When we’re all filled up, nothing more can enter. Ku holds space for clarity, wisdom and other qualities to develop. I sometimes see it as a spiritual vessel that is always empty (but not devoid) waiting to be filled up. It contains nothing and everything all at once.
I’ve seen the word Chaiku used by other micro-poets since my inaugural Chaiku days, but back when I thought of it, I had never seen or heard of it before.
© 2005 Mother Wintermoon