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AHA 101
Zn 99/01/29: Ladies and gentlemen, the irrepressible Janet Kuypers.

Copyright © 1999 by Zn and Janet Kuypers. All rights reserved.


1999 JAN 29

AHA 101

Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 02:20:36 -0500
From: "krupoetry" <>
Subject: It's easy! (click on all underlined text)
The computer clicks
and permeates my silent
field of vision quest.
Initiate CAD
Yes, fellow Poets and/or supportive peers, it is no longer: "What do you want from me?" From now on THE PROCESS automatically reconfigures your dboss program to be compatible with: "What more may you receive?"
For further request-fulfillment instruction please peruse original document: Attachment AHA 1O1.
{Attachment AHA 1O1}
1. Notification
(If you have read this far you have completed step 1 of the process. You have received notification; you are now ready for recognition.)
2. Recognition
(If you have 5 haiku of your own composition that you are willing to read out loud, you have achieved step 2 and deserve recognition.)
3. Determination
(The easy step, just read the following question with its intent to form your own determination.)
Are you of a mind to have poetry fun in 1999?
The intent is to elevate the world consciousness onto a high peak of harmonic perspective by actively disseminating the mystical force of Zen Haiku. If this metaphysical pursuit sounds intriguing, the methodology is beautifully simple and straightforward. By reading the brief history and following the examples, the job is half done. To complete the mission, just compose the requisite 5 haiku, add a title to your collection, and be prepared to read it out loud wherever you are on July 14, 1999. Oh yes, one more thing, if you could e-mail a copy to for archival purpose, it would be much appreciated.
HAIKU (HIGH-koo) A Japanese form of poetry, also known as hokku. It consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables. The elusive flavor of the form, however, lies more in its touch and tone than in its syllabic structure. Deeply imbedded in Japanese culture and strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, haiku are very brief descriptions of nature that convey some implicit insight or essence of a moment. After World War II, haiku attracted an increasing interest among American poets and is now written in many other languages as well, often with experimental changes in the form. What is most important is that each haiku be a concise image of life. It is a thumbnail sketch. After first preparing the scene, usually in the first two lines, the haiku describes a dynamic action that is part of the rhythms (generally included is a seasonal reference) of life in its closing line. It is also breath, breathed in and out. Because of its affiliation with the breath and the "art of breathing", haiku has always been closely allied to meditation, enlightenment, epiphany, the power to be star-struck. In fact, it can be argued that most, if not all, of the greatest practitioners of this seminal and most ancient form of the art of poetry were Zen Masters. In the hierarchy of power, haiku by a Layman would have the power to affect the reader immediately, haiku by a Master would have the power to affect the reader for a lifetime, and haiku by a High Master would have the power to affect the entire world for 714 years. It has been exactly 714 years since the last Zen Haiku High Master died of the physical body which coincides precisely with the year 1999; therefore like the sword in the stone, the poet as of January 1, 1999 that writes the most astute haiku will be the next High Master and will set the tone for civility for the next 714 years. A body of work consisting of a total of five original haiku (hokku/senryu) is the traditional criteria for making that determination. Individual haiku are never titled though collections of haiku (5 or more) are always titled, with each haiku numbered (1-5). Signatures routinely indicated the author's status i.e. Master, Layman, etc; and for humility's sake, only the author's initials were required. Due to the overriding beliefs in Buddhism as well as Confucianism, it was staunchly held that no preexisting qualifications were necessary for elevation to High Master; that in truth as ancient Master Wu stated, "5 haiku worthy of High Master blooming now in head of every scribbler"
Example A. (Attachment 1 of 2)
Exhuming Alphabets
In sand and shadow
between posts of forest green
lines are always drawn
The last Siam ghast
bestiality for hire
Physics of spirit
mordecai vanunu gnu
hunting gallery
What losing is lost
tis tasty the cherries meat
ripe with reception
Dreams of broken teeth
I won't turn my back I pledge
carrots and turnips
Layman DvT
Example B. (Attachment 2 of 2)
Mediocre Vomit
Old cat poised to pounce
sparrow pecking on the ground,
that falling apple!
Flyswatter in hand
circling, circling, there it lands
on my wife's portrait!
New moon of summer...
call of nature, barefoot dash
outhouse by firefly!
In Heaven honey
taste just as sweet but honey
bee no have stinger!
A Chinaman pick
in nose at stoplight just like
American do!
Scribbler Ru
Thank You for your undivided attention,
Step four and the final fifth step follow determination as naturally and gracefully as day follows night.
4. Verification
(Occurs immediately upon you reading your original 5 haiku sequence out loud. Signification from an audience responding with an acknowledging, "aha" is verification enough.)
5. Beatification
(In the 7th month, on the 14th day, at the first instant that you hear a Zen haiku and reply with one of your own you will attain realization of your contribution.)
Anything and everything for this project is requested in classical "AHA IKU" format which consists of: "A title with portfolio of 5 HA IKU" as represented by Example C.
Example C. (Attachment 1 of 1)
Does she remember
windy warm breath on her breasts?
Does he remember?
In the night fire
lovers blaze for affection.
Forget - then divorce.
To slow dance to love
is an affair of two hearts
beating in sequence.
Leaves and limbs will fall.
Suns and moons will rise.
Such is life always.
May love promote peace
and open the universe;
stars rain on your life.
Poetess Slm
Thank You for your patient indulgence,
You correctly sensed that chaos may ensue spontaneously from the point where the original version is subject to edit either by software, or agent of convenience, or accident.
Be assured of a "certainty that never needs reminding" that All Rights to THE PROCESS are Yours and are wholly endowed, freely bestowed, and contained complete within the language context of the original document.
Any and all additional "ink" [i.e. connotations, attachments, e-mail reply blurbs, etc...all the way to yada yada; implying All-encompassing, by definition: No loopholes] is in truth NOISE and must be considered no more than red herring for straw dogs.
With that understood, are you more of a mind to have poetry fun in 1999?
From: Jim <>
To: krupoets <>
Date: Thursday, January 07, 1999 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: Question?
Um...yup. Onward to the double-seventh day of the single-seventh month.
Obsessive Haiku:
Beneath your window
The midnight bushes tremble;
Pebble kisses screen.
To field not fifty
Paces from your door, trace all
I've learned of loving.
Myriads of stars
Doubled in those loving eyes;
Reflected glory.
Do you remember
Promising eternal love?
Teach me how to stop.
Stack your memories
Carefully beside the fire;
Burn the past for warmth.
Journeyman Jd
THE PROCESS...What is it?
It has no fabric, only understanding.
It has no membership, save those who know they belong.
It has no rivals, because it is non-competitive.
It has no ambition, it seeks only to serve.
It knows no boundaries for nationalisms are unloving.
It is not of itself because it seeks to enrich all groups and religions.
It acknowledges all great Teachers of all the ages who have shown the truth of Love: Those who participate, practice the Truth of Love in all their beings.
There is no walk of life or nationality that is a barrier. Those who are, know.
It seeks not to teach but to be and by being, enrich.
It recognizes that the way we are may be the way of those around us because we are that way.
It recognizes the whole planet as a Being of which we are a part.
It recognizes that the time has come for the supreme transmutation, the ultimate alchemical act of conscious change of the ego into a voluntary return to the whole.
It does not proclaim itself with a loud voice but in the subtle realms of loving.
It salutes all those in the past who have blazoned the path but have paid the price.
It admits no hierarchy or structure, for no one is greater than another.
Its members all know each other by their deeds and being and by their eyes and by no other outward sign save the fraternal embrace.
Each one will dedicate their life to the silent loving of their neighbor and environment and the planet, whilst carrying out their task, however exalted or humble.
It recognizes the supremacy of the great idea may only be accomplished if the human race practices the supremacy of Love.
It has no reward to offer here or in the hereafter save that of the ineffable joy of being and loving.
Each shall seek to advance the cause of understanding, doing good by stealth and teaching only by example.
They shall heal their neighbor, their community and our Planet.
They shall know no fear and feel no shame and their witness shall prevail over all odds.
It has no secret, no arcanum, no initiation save that of true understanding of the power of Love and that, if we want it to be so, the world will change but only if we change ourselves first.

Janet Kuypers
From the prolific pen of publisher and poet Janet Kuypers, Children, Churches, and Daddies -- the unreligious, non-family-oriented literary and art magazine. USA
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