a vegetarian with legs crossed in zazen theroasting chicken
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A "Crucial Catch" Cancer Awareness banner is displayed before an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cincinnati.
moonlit pines dimming the flashlight
Down judge Jerod Phillips wears a hat for Breast Cancer Awareness before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland.
3. Seventeen syllables written in three lines dividedinto 5-7-5.
A person on the field wears a Crucial Catch campaign pin on their lapel before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Arlington, Texas.
5. Less than 17 syllables written in three lines asshort-long-short.
The stage used for the national anthem is decorated for Breast Cancer Awareness before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland.
7. Write what can be said in one breath.
It pays to be aware of which two lines you wish to make into the phrase. It helps to read the two lines of a ku which are to become your phrase out loud to see how they sound in your mouth and ears. If there is a too-clear break between the lines, ask yourself if you need an article or an article plus a preposition to be inserted. If you do, forget brevity and allow yourself the lyric pleasure of a smooth shift between these two lines. If I had chosen to make the first line the fragment I would write the ku as:
raspberry leaves glow
red and green