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NO THING GAMES

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Before the Beginning I was No Thing: 
a Source of Awareness, of Being, of Universes.
Thought, ideas, emotion, objects and time are Things I conceived.
I agreed to play a game in which No Things became Things.  
We played and betrayed ourselves 
into an unrelenting void of shivering dark
and incandescent light.  
In my basest state, a human being, 
I am a Warrior of Survival: 
a game that grinds every soul into dust.
I have lost the game. We have defeated ourselves.
The physical universe is not our home.  
I, alone, am the Source of Serenity
in the Icy Flames of Eternity. 
Remember who we are:  
No Thing.
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by Lawrence R. Spencer. 2012.

SERENE HAIKU

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SERENE HAIKU

haiku, unrhymed Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. The term haiku is derived from the first element of the word haikai (a humorous form of renga, or linked-verse poem) and the second element of the word hokku (the initial stanza of a renga). The hokku, which set the tone of a renga, had to mention in its three lines such subjects as the season, time of day, and the dominant features of the landscape, making it almost an independent poem. The hokku (often interchangeably called haikai) became known as the haiku late in the 19th century, when it was entirely divested of its original function of opening a sequence of verse; today even the earlier hokku are usually called haiku.

Originally, the haiku form was restricted in subject matter to an objective description of nature suggestive of one of the seasons, evoking a definite, though unstated, emotional response. The form gained distinction in the 17th century, during the Tokugawa period, when the great master Bashō elevated the hokku, as it was then known, to a highly refined and conscious art. Haiku has since remained the most popular form in Japanese poetry.