Stone in Hand ~ #010 January 2014 – Haiga/Haibun

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This Rush of Silence


this rush of silence within my skull. words. sound. color. light. line. shadow and shape. letters and numbers and books. landscapes. planet-scapes. mind-scapes. universe-scapes. infinite and finite. layers.

this rush of silence within my skull. the space is close. and infinite. each direction spirals. each dimension. every distance. cycles and patterns. above and beneath. behind and beyond. null. empty. full of alone. full of unlonely. infinite and finite. layers.

i wake in the night. in the repetition. click. the light. stones by my pillow. silence in my hand. this rush of silence within my skull. within each stone, silence. loud. solid. up out, down out, of this vanishing dream. white light. threads. shift into shape. each idea. each thought. there is no answer. no solution. and now. infinite and finite. layers.

i piece together thoughts. nails. into each vision. each sound. each scent. the taste of foam into flowing. this pulse. of doing. of being. becoming. I am. to disintegrate. this rush of silence within my skull. all enter. enter all. a pattern. of life. infinite and finite. layers.




this understanding

within the silence


Altered Phone Camera Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • LGA340 (Very Basic) Digital Phone Camera
  • Perfect Effects 4
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

My response to the Lens and Pens by Sally blog Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: 2014—Black and White, January 20, 2014. The theme or focus for the third Monday of each month is Black and White.


Haiku ~

My haiku is in the form currently referred to as “modern haiku”. This form does not follow some of the concepts I was taught as a child—such as a syllable count of 5-7-5 over three lines. It remains however, a count of seventeen or fewer, syllables. In many ways modern haiku adheres to concepts that are more consistent with and perhaps closer to the values of traditional haiku while allowing for our current world as it is. 


Haibun ~

My personal definition of haibun is a combination of a wide range of prose and/or poetry (other than haiku) coupled with one or more haiku, all as one work. I like to create with my own visual, so for me I like to combine image with the words (sometimes all as one work). I’ve also taken to the practice of titling my haibun. This is different than my approach to haiku on it’s own, however it is common in some haibun thinking.


Haiga ~ is haiku within image as one work. 

As I see it in haiga the image is more than an illustration of the haiku and the haiku is more than a description of the visual that is apparent in the image. There is however, a connection between the two that is enhanced by their relationship together in the work.

In addition, both the image and the haiku of haiga are able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a strong work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective or an intensifying of the moment possibly.


This is the ideal I work toward in my haiku and related forms (along with additional concepts of course). Sometimes I succeed in these things. Sometimes I do not. For me, it is way fun to try. Aloha—Rick

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