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safoocat 14 ( +1 | -1 )
chess haiku Knight (not a horsey)
Two steps over and one up
It cannot be blocked.

Bishop stays on color
Moves diagonally only
One white and one black
greenacres101 8 ( +1 | -1 )
hmm... Your second haiku
seems to be a little off
check your syllables
tag1153 30 ( +1 | -1 )
chess haiku I only play chess
I can't do anything else
I don't have a life

From morning till night
The chessboard it calls to me
Can't stop the voices

Fed my addiction
For twenty four solid years
I will never stop

The time spent thinking
The hours of analysis
It fulfills my soul


i_play_slowly 7 ( +1 | -1 )
The moment I move
my Queen, the blunder appears--
nothing can be done.
pandemona 14 ( +1 | -1 )
And one for the lowly pawn... Weak, isolated
Far stronger when not alone
How like us she is

Pawn walks straight forward
Rarely adjusting her path
One day she'll be queen
divine_sun_cat 9 ( +1 | -1 )
don't get it japanese haiku:
it is fooling about with words,
to make a daft poem
i_play_slowly 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Her Majesty steps
into the open centre,
radiating threats.
i_play_slowly 65 ( +1 | -1 )

Actually there is so much more to haiku than 5-7-5, which is perhaps the least important of its characteristics. Even the people who delight in haiku rarely understand the aesthetics. A good haiku characteristically demonstrates the virtues of concreteness, humour, loneliness, spirituality, objectivity, temporality, beauty, homeliness, and Zen, all combined with a close observation of nature, often all at once. Anyone who appreciates poetry, nature, spirituality, aesthetics, or Oriental philosophy would be well advised to pick up a book about haiku, by which I do not simply mean a book of haiku. Haiku, at its most profound, is is religion, and not just fun with syllables.
soikins 38 ( +1 | -1 )
You are wrong id=i_play_slowly , you are wrong. haiku is about sillables, like martial arts are about kicking someones a** and Kamasutra is about 100 different positions, and chess is about who calculates better. It's simple. Everything is simple and rational. Leave it to the West and they will steal sole from everything, deduct it to simple rules, make it rational and then sell it.
superblunder 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Positional Mastery. my bishops are bad
my pawns are scattered and weak
I am in zugzwang
superblunder 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Attacking Mastery. sacrificed my queen
to pry open the kingside
now I am losing
honololou 8 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks Thanks, pandemona
I had never realized
that pawns were female
honololou 6 ( +1 | -1 )
desperation my pawns are backward
my pieces undeveloped
how about a draw?
pandemona 114 ( +1 | -1 )
Aren't smiles aesthetic? I think, i_play_slowly , that it's likely most of the posters here know there's a little more to the haiku form than 5-7-5. I certainly do. But if you're suggesting we approach from a purist point of view, let's not forget that 5-7-5 in western syllables is very different from the original haiku form itself! I don't think anyone here's going to spend the time composing a beautiful chess haiku that strikes humility and wonder into the heart of every reader, so let's just have a little fun. I hope that the great haiku composers of the past would understand that, and smile rather than turn in their graves. Take pleasure in all the little things.
Anyway, before this gets *chronically* off-topic, another bastardised western soulless haiku!

Why, honololou
Would the king surround himself
With anyone else?
;)

~ Stephen / pandemona
johnstar 8 ( +1 | -1 )
small wooden pieces
move across the colored squares
at my direction
maykx 8 ( +1 | -1 )
If pawns are female
To trade them for Knight and Rook
Is it a good move?
i_play_slowly 67 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi Pandemona, I'm not telling people how to write their haiku--my own examples should be enough proof that I am not trying to raise the bar. I am simply responding to someone's notion that there is nothing more to haiku than fooling around with words to make a daft poem. I assume that many people already know what I'm saying, but there's no need for them to be insulted. I know how to play the Scandinavian, for example, so if I find a post in which someone is explaining how to play the Scandinavian, I simply move on. I don't feel the need to criticise them for telling me what I already know. Their post wasn't meant for me. No problem.
i_play_slowly 9 ( +1 | -1 )
He commands his son
to move this piece, then that piece,
without explanations...
fmgaijin 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I sit in my study
Moving plastic to and fro
While sun wakens frogs
alice02 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Im not sure about 5 7 5 in english format either but then - lots of people aren't sure about an 8 x 8 chessboard either

Sunlight dancing
Twirling moves of logic
On a patterned soul
fmgaijin 83 ( +1 | -1 )
Typo--Apologies <low bow> Forgot to look at my actual draft when typing. Should have read as follows:

Sitting in study
Moving plastic to and fro
While sun wakens frogs

No, what some poets call "American haiku" do not always follow the Japanese conventions, including the 5/7/5 pattern. But they do TRY to include the same "lightning flash" of insight that illuminates our relationship with the world. I only know about haiku in Japan and the U.S., so I cannot speak for other languages or cultures. Note: Japanese haiku do not always follow all of the conventions either, particularly when used for social purposes (such as a distinguished visitor being asked to write in the family "book"; on an occasion such as that, one generally focuses on the form and their hosts' hospitality and forsakes the "insight" mentioned above).
alice02 6 ( +1 | -1 )
oh I see Awakening frogs
Sicilian armoured
Stealthy in waiting
i_play_slowly 73 ( +1 | -1 )
There is also a Japanese form of poetry called renga, or linked verses, usually written by a group of friends. The idea is that one person writes a haiku which becomes the first stanza. Someone else writes a second stanza of two lines, each consisting of seven syllables. Someone else writes a third stanza, reverting to the original form of 5-7-5. The renga proceeds, 5-7-5, 7-7, 5-7-5, 7-7... Each stanza is a whole poem in itself, yet is linked to the one before it by some kind of association. For example:

small wooden pieces
move across the colored squares
at my direction

The tall Queen casts her shadow
across the path of my King

Would someone else care to continue?
i_play_slowly 26 ( +1 | -1 )
If I my just build on fmgaijin's post, there are even Japanese haiku, even some of the greatest, that do not follow the conventions. Sometimes capturing the moment of insight is regarded as more important than arriving at right number of syllables.
alice02 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Ranga chess game Shadowy intent
insubstantially threatens
the regal palace

Would someone else care to continue?
sugarandspice 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Re: Ranga chess game My steadfast knight intercepts
My King protected for now
alice02 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Re ranga chess game The stream of logic
Gently lifts the waiting pawn
To battle onward
fmgaijin 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Renga, continued So intent on knights and queens
That I miss the cherry moon
bucklehead 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Renga cont'd, in fmgaijin's mode Bishops yet unplaced
Dance through pawn walls in my dreams
I am lost to chess
i_play_slowly 26 ( +1 | -1 )
renga you folks have really got the right idea. as long as each stanza has some associative connection to the one preceding, the renga as a whole does not have to stick to some consistent plot line. i am just loving what's happening here!
sugarandspice 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Renga cont'd Lost to chess in sweet slumbers
Dreaming of Queens, pins and forks

i_play_slowly Yes this is fun! :-)
tag1153 28 ( +1 | -1 )
What chess has done to me My contemplation
Of this regal game of Kings
Has cost me my job

At my computer
For days and days at a time
Cost me my marriage

Carpel tunnel wrist
And diminishing eyesight
Chess cost me my health

Writing stupid poems
Waiting for opponent's moves
Goodbye sanity

alice02 10 ( +1 | -1 )
renga cont Moon shadowed pawns wait
The knight leaps forward prancing
On a wind of blossom
alice02 10 ( +1 | -1 )
oops that shoudl be Moon shadowed pawns wait
The knight leaps forward prancing
On a blossom wind
safoocat 5 ( +1 | -1 )
hello the thread is sleeping
no one has posted today
the sun is rising
alice02 10 ( +1 | -1 )
and Early sunbeams wake
The trance like falling leave call
The troops to action
alice02 10 ( +1 | -1 )
oopsa Early sunbeams wake
The trance like falling leaves call
The troops to action
sugarandspice 8 ( +1 | -1 )
more renga Roused troops take their positions
Let noble battle commence
pandemona 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Into the center
Strides a white-flagged messenger
Truce? No, he lays claim!
alice02 7 ( +1 | -1 )
and in that hov'ring moment
illusions roar, a leaf falls