Remember learning about the Japanese form of poetry called Haiku? You know, it’s the one with a syllabic pattern of 5-7-5? We all probably had to compose our own Haiku poems at some point in our education. It doesn’t need to rhyme (thankfully!) and is supposed to paint a picture of something in someone’s mind when they read it.
The first great poet of Haiku, Basho Matsuo wrote:
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
Now that is obviously the English translation for all you wiseguys.
Then there is the “Charles Dickens of Japan”: Natsume Soseki. He wrote:
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
Hmmm…sounds like he may have visited New England in the winter. Notice that Haiku is usually nature-related. Usually.
So, why this sudden foray into Japanese poetry? Well, last night…let me back up. I am an insomniac; always have been, probably always will be. So, last night, I couldn’t get to sleep at all. No. NOO! Time for a musical interlude:
(Wow, remember vinyl records? 45’s? They sound so good!)
And now back to my personal problems: since
we I retrieved my chiming clock from up in New Hampshire, I can lie awake in bed and hear, with growing frustration, the passing of each hour. So, as the clock announced that it was 1:00 a.m. and I was apparently wired, I starting making up Haikus. Actually, first I racked my brain trying to remember what, if anything, I may have ingested that would’ve caused me to be so wired and came up with… absolutely NUTHIN’! As my brain was spinning its wheels, I noticed my left-side-sleeping Southern man (who, like most men I know, seemingly does NOT have any problems with insomnia) kept kicking out his leg left leg. So, I paid attention. Sure enough, every 15 or 20 seconds for about 15 or 20 minutes, there it went, a nice, sliding, slo-mo kick. Fortunately, it was aimed away from me.
So, I began to compose:
I have restless brain sydrome.
At least he can sleep!
Then, after he rolled over and stopped his restless leg syndrome impression, I came up with this:
I cannot sleep yet.
The chimes announce two o’clock!
Tuesday will be tough.
At that point, I debated just getting up, turning on the computer and blogging. (I waited up late to do it tonight, instead!) Finally, I fell asleep for a lovely 3 1/2 hours before it was time to see the kids off to their first day back at school. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t sleep–I was excited about school! Hey, parents get excited, too, you know!
And so, I leave you with this:
if I don’t go to bed now.
Good night, sweet dreams y’all!