Several months ago I had a new set of Haiku poems to read in public and so coined the term ‘Japanese sneezes’ to describe their melodic expression:
Breath of a poet,
Sounds flowing out in meaning,
The audience sighs.
The Japanese seem to take many ideas and improve upon them, taking things to a new level of perfection. Their art shows the excellence of a single brush stroke, their food has its own standard of visual and textural elegance, simply drinking tea is a whole art, so why not their sneezes as well?
The Haiku is an example of how the excellence of breath can be enhanced through rhythm and poetry. It takes the beauty of simplicity, a set rhythm of speech, (5, 7, 5), the capture of a most striking moment in time, and places them all into a concise grouping of words, expressing a profound idea that appeals to our ears because of its melodic allure.
Writing Assignment: Write sentence in poetic form or prose using only one breath – Take a deep breath in and only write a sentence or line as long as one of your exhalations can be. Try taking different depths of breath.
Music Assignment: Compose a short piece or write a song based on one single moment in time. See if you can capture the quality and essence of that moment.
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