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 highly condensed essence of a story or a meaningful lived experience conveyed to the reader in scant few words. I think of it as a snow globe moment 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. Ku holds space for clarity, wisdom and other qualities to develop. It contains nothing and everything all at once.
© 2005 Mother Wintermoon
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