I thought I should offer a brief note of apology to any Haiku purists who might have seen the posts I’ve been putting out in this format. I’m sure they will be more than a little unhappy with how I’ve been abusing what is a beautiful, demanding and thought-provoking poetic form. For anyone interested in seeing how it should be done, it would be worth starting by looking at the work of the Japanese masters who originated the form, Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) and Uejima Onitsura (1661–1738). There are loads of resources on the web, so you can find your own way after that.

The reason I’m apologising is that I think I’m about to upset the purists even more. I had a small dream last night about writing a story in verse format, and I’ve started the ball rolling this morning. I’ll be posting a few verses in Haiku format later today. I know this is an example of cultural appropriation (or misappropriation) but I suspect that is how human culture as a whole has evolved. Forgive me for being human.

Update: I’ll apologise to anyone who read the Verstories. They didn’t feel like they were working to me so I’ve retired them. The story itself wasn’t strong enough and the use of the Haiku format made it seem forced and contrived so I’ve withdrawn all of them. If anyone feels strongly about this, let me know and we can have a chat about the situation.

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