Zen Inspiration

The origin of Zen – The Buddha is said to have given a “silent sermon”, he held up a flower and gazed at it, after a while, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that isContinue reading “Zen Inspiration”

Creative Poetry

Sometimes it’s interesting to think of a concept or feeling, consider writing a poem about being optimistic, it could be about taking hold of the day – seizing opportunity. Maybe write about a time in your life when you achieved this or about what and how you will achieve in the future. Or simply writeContinue reading “Creative Poetry”

Contemporary Haiku

Today, poets don’t have to write haiku that solely focus on nature, a contemporary haiku can explore any subject. Although in the example below Kerouac conforms to tradition. “Above all, a haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful asContinue reading “Contemporary Haiku”

The Haiku

I love the haiku, it is a way of looking at the world and seeing something profound, in what appears to be its simplicity. The haiku poem consists of 3 lines, the original Japanese haiku adhere to strict rules regarding form and content consisting of seventeen ‘moras’ or linguistic units which we can refer toContinue reading “The Haiku”

Creative Poetry Practice

One of the great things about writing poetry is that you are never incorrect, what constitutes a good or bad poem is merely in the eye of the reader. However, creative poetry requires regular practice, the more time you give to your craft the more creative you become. Try to make time to write eachContinue reading “Creative Poetry Practice”

Mutiny on the Bounty

On this day, April 28, 1789, one of the most famous and remarkable stories in maritime history began, when rebellious mutineer Fletcher Christian and his supporters seized control of the HMS Bounty from its Lieutenant, William Bligh. The Bounty had 44 Royal Navy seamen (including Bligh) and two civilian botanists. Tensions had increased over time,Continue reading “Mutiny on the Bounty”

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