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Haiku No Fear Including The Kanji Symbols

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Haiku : No Fear

To live with no fear, can be quite a tall order for many people. There are so many forces acting against the individual that it can sometimes seem like a very hostile world.

Why this is so was a mystery to me for a very long time. Why do people allow these fears to creep in and control their lives?

As an exercise I wrote a Haiku poem many years ago, and I came up with the following.

This poem is accompanied by the Japanese Kanji Symbol, for no fear.

I had no idea when I wrote this, that it was so strongly identifiable with Bushido, the way or philosophy of the warrior. I had at that time read nothing of philosophy. I just felt it made sense.

This is the third version and final version of the haiku. It conforms to the traditional haiku format of 5-7-5

Burst forth in tears releasing

all fear... then you will be free

be what you can be

Haiku means Actor

HAIKU Meaning: haiku, actor

HAIKU Meaning: haiku, actor

No Fear Symbol

NO FEAR  The same symbol is used in Chinese and Korean.

NO FEAR The same symbol is used in Chinese and Korean.

Haiku Poems

I wrote the above haiku poem on the 19th October 2011 amended 27th July 2012

I wrote the original haiku poem back in the summer of 1984. This is the first time it has been published or even written down since then. It was constructed like this below.

The term Kanji, can mean to feel or sense. The Kanji characters are represented on the right of this page.

I had no clue about poetry or haiku at the time. I really do not know much about it now.

I have read a lot of poetry and still find it a mystery.

The words below are in the original format.

Burst forth

in tears


all fear

I was studying at the City Literary Institute, Holborn in the middle of theater land; in London's West End.

It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I met some of the most amazing writers and teachers at that college.

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I never new that education could be so much fun, or that teachers could be so incredibly good.

I owe those people so much. Thank you.

Now in comparing the two haiku poems. I feel my original 1984 version is more dynamic whereas following the method outlined above and below (traditional haiku form) makes the one I wrote today a little, I don't know what.

Same sentiment but somehow, something doesn't feel right.?

According to Wikipedia:-

haiku plural of hai·ku (Noun)


  1. A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.
  2. Or 5 7 5 words per line.
  3. An English imitation of this.

In the strictest sense, neither of the above poems conform to the traditional form of haiku.

It is my first and only attempt to write a haiku, on the subject of no fear. I liked it.

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Pronunciation of Haiku

Haiku (俳句 haikai verse?) High Coo plural haiku, is a very short form of Japanese poetry.

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Cutting or to cut short.

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ignugent17 on November 19, 2012:

It is wonderful and thanks for explaining it to your readers. :-)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on August 08, 2012:

Hello Cyndi10,

That sounds like a wonderful idea. I may do it too and put it on

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on August 08, 2012:

Indeed, powerful haiku about fear. I could reproduce the symbol for no fear and add your haiku underneath, attributed to you, of course. That would make a nice wall hanging to help us all face our challenges.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on August 06, 2012:

Hello ishwaryaa22,

I too wrote many verses in my youth and I still have them.

Maybe we should both find them and put them on hubpages.

Haiku are quite tricky to write.

Shaving it down to the bare minimum is a difficult art indeed.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on August 06, 2012:

Hello Vincent,

Thank you for your warm comments.

The year was 1984 and I had decided to return to full time education. With 3 young kids and a wife. It was a hard decision. I drove a taxi nights to keep us going.

It was a time, where I too shed many tears, and a lot of other people's crap that had been dropped on me. I foolishly, had continued to carry that around too.

When I wrote this Haiku. The English teacher who read it, saw something in me that I didn't see in myself.

Thankfully I persevered and discovered a whole new side to myself. There are good people in the world.

Thank you for reading this.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on August 06, 2012:

A well-explained hub on haiku! As per my observation, haiku is recently the most popular form of poetry on HubPages. As a child, I wrote casual poems. Maybe in the near future, I will give poetry, particularly haiku a try. Your haiku is well-versed with a convincing message. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

Vincent Moore on August 06, 2012:

I prefer this version

Burst forth in tears releasing

all fear then you will be free

be what you can be

Why? Because I feel, I shed those tears, I was then set free to be the man I could be, thus the poet I am today. These words mean much to me, however both versions are brilliant, well done my scribe.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on August 06, 2012:

Hi Jen,

I really must try writing more of these haiku, they are quite tricky. Especially for someone as verbose as me. lol

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 25, 2012:

Hi Vespawolf,

So glad you liked my attempts at haiku. There are some great writers on hubpages who produce incredible work.

'Have no fear' is a very Japanese idea from their philosophical concepts of Bushido. The warrior code.

I too prefer the second Haiku (the original) as it is more immediate. Stripped to the bone.

Thanks for reading and leaving your warm comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 22, 2012:

I must admit that I've never tried haiku, but I found your dissection of this form of poetry very interesting. I enjoyed your first haiku, but when I read your second I have to agree that it's my favorite. I think it's something about the "flow". Voted up and shared!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on May 07, 2012:

Hi rebecca,

That makes two of us that have written just one haiku. Maybe we should form a club lol.

Going to read your one now.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on May 06, 2012:

Hi Aurelio,

This is my one and only attempt at haiku. I like the original too. Straight to the point.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 06, 2012:

Such a powerful message in just seventeen words! I like the way you added in the Haiku info. I have written just one Haiku in my life. It is on HP, called Bare Naked Nature. I tried my hand at Haiku because of all the cool ones that my followers inspired. Visit it when you get a chance and see what you think!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 06, 2012:

It's amazing what a little change in format will do. I think the second one forces you to contemplate the words more because they're broken into sets of two and forces you to stop. Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on March 07, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Thank you for your kind comments.

I truly had no idea that I was in such an august institution, until years after I had left it.

Then it dawned on me, where I had been trained. I was duly humbled to say the least.

I was just an idiot off the streets and somehow ended up in one of the most prestigious colleges in London.

Don't ask me how, I just got lucky I guess.

I met some of the best teachers in my life there. One was an American.

She was our vocal coach. She was in the movie. 'Alien'

I am very proud of her. She was the one who liked this Haiku!

How weird how life pans out?

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 07, 2012:

Molometer, your haiku entries here are contenders. They reminded of two things: the old slogan for the U.S.Army, "Be, all that you can be, in the army." And the other is the poems of your great genius poet John Keats. Both versions are powerful in their way. That's awesome to read of your enjoyable time at the City Literary Institute too my friend, those kind of experiences can make all the difference in the world.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on March 04, 2012:

Hi cloudexplorer,

Glad you found this interesting. I can't believe it sometimes; that I carried this in my head for so many years and it wasn't until I found hubpages, that I actually wrote it out again.

Haiku's are cool as we have to be concise. That is the hard bit.

Mike Pugh from New York City on March 04, 2012:

Hey there Molometer, this is a cool Haiku, I actually just tried to write one myself, about a month ago or so, and it turned out to be a success.

I think poems like this are truly cool, and both of yours I liked in a big way. I think its the creativity that goes behind it all, that makes it a cool thing to write. Voted up & getting pinned onto my Pinterest poetry collection, nice work!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on February 01, 2012:

Hi Vinaya Ghimire,

Glad you liked it. It took me a long time to get it written down. But I did it in the end.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 31, 2012:

I loved your wordplay with fear and tear. Thanks for sharing your good work.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on January 30, 2012:

I added a brilliant video to this hub. Worth a look when you are feeling a little under the weather?

Truly we must count your blessings.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on January 05, 2012:

Thank you Audrey. I carried that poem around in my head for so many years. My literature teacher at college way back loved it so much, It just stuck with me. I am glad you like it too.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 05, 2012:

I loved this hub. I loved that you included the Kanji, but mostly, I loved your haiku--so well done!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 11, 2011:

Hello starstream,

Can't wait to read them.

Glad you liked mine too.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on December 11, 2011:

I once tried to write a Haiku poem. I am going out to search my notebooks in the garage to locate it. Inspiring.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 06, 2011:

Hi Robert,

Good on you. Give it a go and don't get hung up on the form, as long as you enjoy it and can manage to convey the meaning and spirit of the concept, or idea.

Go for it.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 06, 2011:

Hi Sunnie,

Glad you liked and look forward to reading your versions of this poetic form.

Robert Erich from California on December 06, 2011:

Great post about Haikus. I've always seen them as fascinating and a bit difficult to write. You may have just inspired me to give writing one a shot.

Sunnie Day on December 06, 2011:

I have fallen in love with Haiku..I think it is amazing what one can say with so little brings depth and meaning..Thank you for sharing your Haiku,



Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 14, 2011:

Don't hold your breath on it, but I will think about it for sure.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 14, 2011:

Hi Cindy,

Well we are westerners and I guess my skills are weak in haiku writing.(and arthritic) There are rules... in 'Art'? :)

It does say 'an English imitation' of this form.

These are the only ones I have ever written.

There are great fun though.

Trying to convey a feeling or idea in as few words as possible.

I like 'em and may try some more myself.

I look forward to reading your first. Thanks for the dropping in and reading the hub.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 14, 2011:

I just might have to give Haiku a try one of these days. I just wrote mu first poem and published it during the contest. Maybe a Haiku is next. What is the difference in Haiku and the number of syllables you used in each one? Neither seems to follow the rules. Just curious.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 11, 2011:

Thank you soulunique and welcome back again.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 11, 2011:

Hi Primpo, glad you liked it. I was about to answer you 2 weeks ago but the feed was so active I couldn't track your comment down.

I really just write everyday and usually I have something to publish.

I didn't realise that I had written so much until I saw the 30 hubs in 30 days thing and I had about 22 done already so I just wrote some more.

I have seen people much more prolific on hubpages. Some publish 20 in a couple of days. I assume they had them somewhere else and moved to hubpages.

I am not really concerned with the numbers though. I just want to get all this stuff down somewhere and hubpages suits me.

Must pop back over to your hubs too.

soulunique from Peterborough on November 11, 2011:

Molometer.. it just defines that Less is more. Love this!!!

Primpo from Bayville,NJ on October 31, 2011:

alright, loved it, and how did you publish so much in such a short amount of time? I'm coming back to read more.. you gave me just what I needed to hear today, thank you.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 23, 2011:

Hi pearldiver,

This was my first and last attempt at haiku writing and as I said I carried it around in my head for decades, so it definitely struck a chord with me.

I will give it more thought in the meantime here is something for you.

tread softly

on the rice paper

leave no trace.

Thanks for your visit and comments I will endeavor to persevere.

Rob Welsh from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. on October 22, 2011:

Good efforts first up in both... but do not limit talent with a singular stroke of the brush. True masters in this genre allow each dip of the brush to create far more than a singular haiku stroke. Test the quality of your brush; it was designed to last beyond a thousand strokes. It will not serve you faithfully if you do not appreciate the given value of any zen writer, by any idle brush.

Thanks for sharing.. I look forward to meeting your brush.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 22, 2011:

Thanks makusr your comments are clear and understood.

Manoj Kumar Srivastava from India on October 22, 2011:


Greetings from MAKUSR. This genre is very difficult because you have to pack it all in in such a small place and make it look good and provide a good meaning. I hope you understand what MAKUSR wants to say and mean. This is very good. First one is quite good.

Lots of Love,


Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 22, 2011:

freedom that solitude brings

I am very happy

in my own company

Nuff said


saddlerider1 on October 22, 2011:

I don't miss the meetings and the corporate world. Loving the solitude of retirement, watching people now is more interesting than listening to as you say their gibberish. LoL and I agree all meetings should start and end in Haiku it would be a much more relaxing atmosphere for sure.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 21, 2011:

Thanks for dropping in saddlerider1, Haiku are very interesting to me.

I work in an profession where people talk in eduspeak it's just nonsense dressed up to make themselves appear smarter than they are.

I am a great believer in occam's razor or the economy or succinctness in speech after sitting through endless meetings where they go on and on talking gibberish.

All meetings should be conducted in Haiku. What do you think lol

saddlerider1 on October 21, 2011:

I like them both, but the first is my preference. I love the compressed expressions conveyed in a few words, they can most certainly be very powerful. History has shown us so many styles and Haiku is right up there with some of the best.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 21, 2011:

Thank you mikeq107. Much appreciated.

mikeq107 on October 21, 2011:

Well you come from a small country that has made a big noise around the world....powerful words My friend!!!

Mike :0)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

LOL Hubertsvoice & Always you got me, well done.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 19, 2011:

What's not to like? Loved it....

Hubertsvoice on October 19, 2011:

You wre right about that

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Well thank you Sneha, I'm glad you like it.

I have been carrying it around in my head for decades and felt the hubbers would like it.

Thanks for your great comment.

Sneha Sunny from India on October 19, 2011:

Now that's an amazing work!! Conveys a true and useful message.... :-) The extension too is beautiful!! Love it!!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Hiya Moon lightened.

Thanks for dropping in and leaving such a thought provoking comment.

Glad you liked both versions.

I aim to please my fellow hubbers:)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Hiya phdast7,

I am going to stick with the original.

I think sometimes traditions need to be adaptable especially when it is cross cultural.

In this case Japanese to English is not it could be argued a natural fit.

The Japanese ideogram above Haiku = Action. In other words these words mean business.

In English most closely equates to a verb.

English requires more descriptive elements to deliver the verb punch. Therefore slowing down the pace of delivery.

I think the stripped our bare bones version is better.

My English Lecturer back 1984 said it hit the nail on the head and she advised me to remove the last letter off of fears reducing it to fear.

So tradition, what tradition? :)

Hope this may help you to have a go a one or two. I'd love to read them.

Moon Lightened from Delhi, India on October 19, 2011:

I enjoyed both versions. They both illustrate a different "you" of the time. There is just something about Haiku writing; trying to paint a powerful mood or image with so few words. Thanks for sharing.

phdast7 on October 19, 2011:

I agree with your own assessment. The 1984 version seems more powerful, although the recent version follows the traditional pattern. I have never been able to write Haiku myself, so I am a loss. I wish I had some helpful suggestion and I don't, but I like them both.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Hi stories inc. thanks for the read and comments.

I will defer to the bard.

"Brevity is the soul of wit"

Hamlet, 1602

Stories Inc. on October 19, 2011:

I agree, very powerful and compressed. When you use a lot of one syllable words, they each sort of hamer in, but in a good way.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Thanks Hubersvoice, I appreciate your views and terrific comments. Cheers buddy.

Hubertsvoice on October 19, 2011:

That is an awesome message. I honestly don't know what else to say other than awesome.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Hi jenubouka, thank you for coming over.

When I think about it.

Some of the most powerful ideas are expressed briefly.

"let freedom ring"

"the pen is mightier than the sword"

to name but two.

Happy hopping and thanks again.

jenubouka on October 19, 2011:

It is amazing how you can piece a small amount of words together to create a powerful message.

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