The mirror as maximum space in haiku

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The maximum space in haiku can be given by the kireji. It divides the poem in two parts. It is a mirror set in the inner of the poem. A pause of action. Non-action. The mirror participates only through its reflection. It is a maximum space for that anywhere it is placed, it has the attribute of a central space. The two parts of poem are reflected into it. The beginning and the end in the same place.

It is a habit of reading twice a haiku. It is actually a returning at the first word, at the beginning of the poem. But you can return provided that you pass through the centre, through this mirror. The last word from the haiku is linked to the first. The mirror creates their link. They are twin words, namely they are depeding on each other. Their relationship is made crossing this space of the centre. I have chosen a haiku by Dumitru D. Ifrim published in the Ko magazine, spring-summer 2006:

Wilderness of beach –
sea foam arranges on the sands
a spring wind drawing 

The beginning and the ending are unloading themselves in the pause of kireji. Tne last word an the first word together are a drawing of solitude, „a wildernesss drawing”. The kireji, the pause is an empty place, a mirror that reflects this drawing. A maximum space, there, at the end of the earth, on the seashore where is the beginning of another mirror.

Clelia Ifrim

Published in “Lynx – a journal for linking poets“, octomber 2007, USA

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