~Mansae~

Hello to all!

The Current Song page has been updated. Out with the old and in with the new … well, kind of! Seventeen, a K-pop group, has really taken over my playlists. They’re not exactly “new” right now since they debuted in May, but they’re one of the rookie groups from this year. And man are they killing it!

I remember my friend and I anticipating their debut a couple of years ago when Pledis Entertainment started their 17 TV. I think she ended up being into them more than I was, but I’m so happy they finally ended up debuting. Of course, I didn’t end up paying attention to them when they debuted because I hadn’t been following K-pop so much like I had been before. But now that I’ve gotten myself back into the K-pop world, I’ve sort of “fallen” for their music. They’re really good, and I think I have more of an appreciation for them since, out of the 13 members, they work on composing and producing as well as making their own choreography.

But then it makes me think “What have I been doing all of my life?” Here they are, all members are younger than me and they’re that great. Meanwhile, I definitely haven’t accomplished something like that. I think, if anything, their hard work can motivate those of us who have trouble keeping motivated to do what we want to do in life.

Anyways, back to the current song. I’ve chosen their song “만세 (Mansae)”. It’s really fun and great to listen to when you’re trying to work on something.

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The Haiku

I’ve always found the Haiku interesting out of the poetry forms that I have looked at in school, but as I never really got into poetry in general, the thought of looking more into the Haiku, looking into poets who are known for their Haiku, and especially trying my hand at creating a Haiku was never something that I thought I would do.

Oh, how wrong was I. In my British Poetry class, we ended up having a teeny section of our lesson be about the Haiku. When prompted to discuss our favorite form from that week, I went with the Haiku. It’s simple, but deep. It can make you look at every day things in a different light. It can open up your eyes.

To go along with discussing the structure and why I like it, I chose to write my own at the last minute. It went better than I thought. My professor wants me to submit it to the school’s literary magazine, saying that I have talent at this form. One of my classmates also commented, and sent me to this one magazine called Rattle that accepts poetry submissions.

At the end of the day, I’ve decided to add more to my Haiku. I’m creating a sort of set of them around the same theme. Is there a term for that? I have no clue. I’m completely excited as this is something I have never done before. The only catch? If I want to try submitting it to Rattle, I cannot “publish” it anywhere else, and unfortunately, that includes personal blogs. If that weren’t the case, I would be sharing part of what I have done in this post.

I am still working on it, though. I have written more lines here or there, but I still have a bit to go. A Haiku may not be long, but it takes the right words to create one that just sounds right. Wish me luck, for I probably need it with my amateur poetry skills.

That being said, I will try to keep it updated on my blog on when I finish it and whether I end up submitting it. (I’m going to try to push myself to do so to be able to try something new.)

Not only have I begun writing my own, but I’m so very interested in reading more Haiku. I’m very tempted to buy a book that has some of Matsuo Bashō’s work as well as an introduction on him and some extras. But is that a smart idea with Christmas around the corner?

Am I the only one in this journey of delving into something that has previously been dismissed?

“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” – Matsuo Bashō