Page 3

how could I have known
the pleasures of love's delights
had you ignored me?

Page 7

like fledgling sparrows
newly fallen from the nest
we struggle to fly

Page 18

empty arms:  I am
left without reason to live,
without will to try

Page 31

petals dropping down
falling from the stem of love
earthward into dust

Page 41

beyond all reason
I am controlled by desire
yet afraid to act

Page 47

total emersion
in you, in your smile, your eyes
drowning, yet alive

Page 51

salty, bittersweet
the taste of love is varied,
as is the menu
Welcome!  The world needs more nice people like you!

“Haiku for Lovers” is dedicated “to love’s idea - to love, the experience - to love unending”.  Come take a journey into reality, into life in seventeen syllables.  See how love begins, grows, and changes over time.

Haiku was the beginning,  a three-line poem with syllable counts of 5, 7, 5, no rhyme and no particular metre, with a reference to the seasons of the year, which is considered obligatory in Japan.  Then it evolved into haikai (linked haiku), senryu (haiku without a seasonal reference, dealing with human nature), and other various forms with various differences .  The dividing lines can become blurred, particularly when referring to English language haiku.  My lines may better be described as senryu’ than haiku; however, she prefers the use of the more recognizable term of haiku for her title.

Delving into love from its earliest playful beginnings to its passionate consummation, through losses from death to betrayal, you will find that, in the end, love is enduring even if only in memory.

This fictionalized personal life adventure is a story in linked haiku-like poems which will keep you thumbing through its pages time and again.  Keep one on your own bookshelf and give one to a friend.  All books will be autographed by the author and you may request a personal inscription  Shipping is always FREE when shipped via Media Mail.

Price:  $9.95
Perfect Paperback:  71 pages
First edition (January 31, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN- 978-1598727623
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 inches

Haiku for Lovers

By Ruth Y. Nott
Copyright 2007

Life in Seventeen Syllables
(Linked, Non-Traditional Haiku)

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