I am creating this poetry challenge, so that the poets of Triond can help support each other. Poets are the true warriors of society, because we can use our words as weapons, but we can also use our words to create beauty. This duality was part of the Samurai way as well, so I find it only fitting that we build a theme around The Duality Of The Samurai.
I’ve always loved reading about ancient warriors, something about the way of the sword appeals to my dual nature. Samurai were one of my favorite subjects to read about, because these men were fierce warriors, but they lived by a strict code of ethics. A Samurai by definition was a fierce warrior, prepared to kill anyone who threatened him. His loyalty was to his emperor, and he would fight to the death to fulfill this duty. This fierce nature would threaten to drive any man into the heart of darkness, because of the blood he would have to shed, but the Samurai to keep balance in his life also strove to create beauty. Most Samurai were not only masters of the sword, they were also masters of art and poetry. To offset his nature to destroy, a Samurai also saw the beauty in life and would strive to create beauty in words or pictures. This dual nature of the Samurai is beautiful, and to honor them I have created this poetic challenge.
This challenge will consist of writing 2 individual Haiku. A Haiku is a form of poetry that consist of three lines. The first line is 5 syllables long, the second is 7 syllables long, and the last line is 5 syllables long. Here is an example:
To write a Haiku,
Seven syllables should be,
In between the fives.
The theme of these 2 Haiku should describe a dual nature such as life and death, heaven and hell, or love and hate. Any dual nature will be accepted, these are just examples.
Now after you write your contributions post the links in the comment section of this article. This way the readers of this article will be able to click on the links and read your individual poems. I hope you will find this challenge interesting and fun, and for all who read this article please check back frequently as there will be more contributions added daily.
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