“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 חי means LIFE in Hebrew. Chai, along with its numerical value of 18 in Gematria, is a highly significant 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. Ku is non-substantiality, meaning that which can not be perceived with the five senses or with the grasping self. It is nothingness and yet it is evolving and dynamic, where everything is in everything else. Ku is a spiritually fluid space of latent potential or possibilities in flux.
© 2005 Mother Wintermoon