Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am a bit late with this new episode of our Little Ones feature, the feature in which I challenge you to think "out of the haiku-box" by writing other short poems as for example 'cinquain', 'villanelle' or 'tanka'.
This episode is inspired on the posts by Bjorn Rudberg of Bjorn Rudberg's Writings for this month's Carpe Diem in which we are on a journey straight through the (former) Soviet Union. He writes an every day haibun followed by a so called "American Sentence". I had never heard about that poetry form, but as I read the first posts by Bjorn ... I started to like those "American Sentences" ... that's the reason why I have chosen for this theme for this episode of our special feature "Little Ones".
Let me tell you something more about this so called "American Sentences".
Like (rough) English approximations of the haiku, American Sentences work closely with concision of line and sharpness of detail. Unlike its literary predecessor, however, it is compressed into a single line of poetry and included a reference to a month and year (or alternatively, a location) rather than a season.
And what to think of this example written by Bjorn Rudberg for the Irkutsk prompt at our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai weblog:
such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow