naviarhaiku548 – The sound of silence

The sound of silence
is all the instruction
you’ll get


by: Jack Kerouac


Like other “Beat Poets”, Jack Kerouac was attracted to Eastern philosophy, perception, and poetry. Together with Ginsberg and Whalen, he helped “Americanise” the haiku form and introduce it to a wider audience outside of Japan.

“The American Haiku is not exactly the Japanese Haiku. The Japanese Haiku is strictly disciplined to seventeen syllables but since the language structure is different I don’t think American Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry about syllables because American speech is something again…bursting to pop.

Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella.”


Haiku by Jack Kerouac

Picture by Francesco Ungaro

Join The Naviar Haiku Music Challenge

This haiku poem is part of the Naviar haiku music challenge, where artists are invited to make music in response to a weekly assigned haiku poem. Participation is free and there are no limitations in the songs’ length or genre.

You have seven days from the posting of this haiku to submit your track. For information on how to make a submission, visit the Naviar Haiku Music Challenge page.

Submission deadline: 10th July 2024

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