Carpe Diem’s “Tackle It Tuesday” #5, Simplicity


diamonds Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, Maybe you know the painting “Who is afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III” by Barnett Newman, it’s in my opinion a wonderful painting, but it’s just a simple painting too. Just a red background with at the left side a blue line and at the right side a yellow line. That’s what simplicity means, back to basic, back to the core. Red, Yellow and Blue are the basics of all colors we know, we call them the primary colors.

05 Who's Afraid of Yellow, Red & Blue-

Newman-Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III 1960

Back to the core means making choices and ask (the right) questions. E.g. What’s the most important thing/issue you have to do today? Just do that, all other things you can do later. Keep it simple and clear. Give attention and care to what really is important and accept that you cannot do everything you want to do in one day. That’s the beauty of simplicity: make things simple and clear than you will discover what the essence is. I re-call a Japanese art-form in which simplicity is very clear … that’s in my opinion Sume-i. Sume-i is a kind of painting/drawing that uses just a few lines to make a faint expression of for example a pine-tree or a bird, or as in the picture hereafter, just a branch with a few leaves.

autumn branch

I have tried that once myself, but I didn’t get that feeling, that I have while composing haiku. Haiku, paints a great scene with words, as does Sume-i with paint and a few lines. Simplicity is one of the Japanese aesthetics, we can see that in e.g. Ikebana, Origami and Haiku. Simplicity is a gift, a talent and we, as haiku-poets have that simplicity deep inside us. Simplicity is part of our life, our love for all and everything around us. red, yellow and blue primary colors intwined giving beauty a chance © Chèvrefeuille This episode of Tackle It Tuesday is open for your submissions today at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Tuesday at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all,


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