Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another Wednesday is here and it’s time for an all new episode of our Haiku Shuukan were we are exploring “the way of the bow” as has been written by Paulo Coelho.
This week our “theme” is intention and it’s based on the following quote from Coelho’s “The Way of the Bow”:
[…] The arrow is the intention. It is what unites the strength of the bow with the centre of the target. The intention must be crystal-clear, straight and balanced. Once the arrow has gone, it will not come back, so it is better to interrupt a shot, because the movements that led up to it were not sufficiently precise and correct, than to act carelessly, simply because the bow was fully drawn and the target was waiting. […]
The first thing which came in mind is the idea of Cupid, the Greek God who was responsible for love (and matching). As his arrow has left his bow … there is no turning back and you will fall for the one you love … even as if he/she not knows that you have the crush on him/her. So Cupid’s intentions must be very good and honorable …
What would happen if Cupid had no good intentions …?
I think there is something in this little story … the arrow and the bow are a pair and Cupid seeks for the right pair to match. If you are an archer your intention is to hit the target, to hit the heart of the target. If you do hit that target there will be a feeling of euphoria … you have done it.
This is what I am feeling as I am busy with all my weblogs on haiku (and recently tanka) the intention to share my love for haiku and the intention to share my knowledge and my art with the world … with you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers.
longing for spring
after the dark and cold winter –
Narcissus in bloom
The Narcissus has the intention to grow and flower after the long dark and cold winter bringing new life and new light into the world. It’s its goal to show us that the darkness isn’t the end, but that it will be gone and the light will turn back.
That’s what haiku is about … catching the cycle of nature in three lines, seventeen syllables … that’s the intention of every haiku poet.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Wednesday March 4th.
© photo: cupid