WHAT IS Chaiku?

It all began with my passion for reading and writing haiku, tanka, gogyohka 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.

Like Haiku, Chaiku is the essence of a story told in the space of ”one breath.” 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 nonsubstantiality, 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. 

Click to read some Chaiku I’ve written in the past.

Love is all…MW 🙏